photo of conservation assistant repairing a book Library Preservation Department, University of California, Berkeley

CONSERVATION TREATMENT SERVICES

The Conservation Treatment Division provides conservation and consultation services for the collections of the Library. Conservators and curators work together to establish priorities and treatments, which vary depending on the character and needs of the materials; preventive and collection conservation approaches are used.

TREATMENTS

  • paper repair
  • flattening and dry cleaning of paper and photographs
  • reattaching spines, boards, and loose leaves
  • aqueous treatments (washing, de-acidifying, and lining paper)
  • re-sewing text blocks
  • cloth and leather re-backing
  • new bindings (paper, cloth, leather, vellum)
  • encapsulation of sheets and post binding

PROTECTIVE ENCLOSURES

Many items are put into protective enclosures as part of an ongoing program to minimize wear and damage to the collections.

  • encapsulations
  • kasemake boxes
  • clamshell boxes
  • graphic enclosures
  • drop spine boxes
  • portfolios

CONSULTING

  • collection care
  • environmental control
  • handling practices
  • exhibits
  • repair/conservation of damaged materials

COLLECTION SALVAGE

  • library materials damaged by water, fire, mold, or vermin

STAFF:

, Conservator, phone: (510) 642-8843

, Conservation Assistant, phone: (510) 642-8843

, Conservator, phone: (510) 642-8843

, Conservator, phone: (510) 642-8843

, Conservator, phone: (510) 642-8843

LOCATION:

9 Doe Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

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