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Caring for Artifacts Found in Archives Collections
April 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
Do you find objects or artifacts that seem out of place in your archives? Maybe children’s games or a potholder, a bit of lace, a fancy hat, a painting, globes, or fossils and botanical specimens … things that just happened to be in the archives and are now associated with specific collections. What should you do with those objects that are in your archives by chance and are part of your collections? This webinar will examine the best methods to safely care for the artifacts found in paper collections using appropriate housings and handling procedures.
Rebecca Elder is an experienced cultural heritage preservation consultant who specializes in finding practical and achievable solutions for challenging situations. In 2014, Rebecca founded Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation to provide preservation advice to library, museum and archive clients. For the ten years previous to this, she was Adjunct Preservation Field Services Officer with Amigos Library Services. Rebecca received her MSIS and a Certificate of Advanced Studies for Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, and now is adjunct faculty at the iSchool, teaching Preservation Management and Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials. Rebecca has also worked at the Harvard University Libraries and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Over the course of her career, Rebecca has conducted over 100 preservation assessments for institutions ranging from small historical museums to municipalities to large academic libraries, and has taught classes on such topics as Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery, Preservation of Photographic Materials, Archival Holdings Maintenance, and three levels of Book Repair Techniques.
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