This week’s Reference Collection highlight is the Preservation Enclosures Kit, No. 1 (REF.CP.1367). Preservation enclosures can help to protect books and archival materials from dust, light, insufficient support, rough handling and the loss of detached parts.
Rather than a traditional textbook, this preservation kit contains seven different enclosure samples intended to demonstrate the large variety of needs that are often encountered in library and personal collections.For instance, those looking to preserve soft cover or fragile books with damaged corners or worn heads might want to use the three-part folder (see image below), while those who have titles with detached boards would benefit from a slipcase enclosure.Enclosures in the kit include the storage wrapper, the self-closing wrapper, a two-part folder, a three-part folder, slipcase I, slipcase II, and slipcase III.
When creating this packet, the authors took care to ensure that each enclosure is made of pH neutral materials, that the time and material costs required for creating the enclosures is minimal, and that the equipment and tools needed are readily available, affordable, safe and simple to operate.The models are included unassembled and are intended to serve as practice tools, making it easier to visualize the finished products as well as the working functionality of components as each enclosure is assembled.
The kit is enhanced by a small how-to manual by Heidi Kyle and Virginia Wisniewski that demonstrates the equipment and tools, materials, and methods required to assemble each of the sample enclosures.Additional topics include a discussion on grain direction in paper products, adhesives, and working tips.The assembly portion of the textbook is accompanied with step-by-step illustrations that take the reader through the process.
This kit would provide a valuable resource for artists looking to effectively preserve their artist’s books.It may also serve as a further reference for those who took this past weekend’s CBA Basic Book Repair course, or for anyone simply interested in the preservation of books and paper materials.
The Reference Collection is one of three collections at The Center for Book Arts. The other two include the Fine Arts Collection (composed of artists’ books and prints) and the Archives (containing Exhibition Catalogs and the Center’s ephemera). All three collections can be viewed on-line via the Center’s websiteorin person by appointment. Note that the Reference Library is currently being cataloged, with roughly 60% completed.