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The Preservation of Structural & Historic Integrity: Rehousing the Michigan Manuscripts

New clamshell box for Mich. Ms. 130

The Renaissance and Medieval Manuscript Collection belonging to the University of Michigan Library consists of an impressive array of medieval and early modern manuscripts from multiple cultures and languages, including Greek, Latin, Armenian, and Ethiopian. Fortunately, many of the manuscripts within this collection have largely been left in their original bindings and most damages have gone untreated.

Spotlight on Conservation: The Novels of Jane Austen

Paint samples held up next two the yellow-brown spine leather, in order to match.

As Juli McLoone and Sigrid Cordell prepared for The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet (Nov. 20, 2017-March 30, 2018), a number of Jane Austen's novels were identified as being in need of conservation treatment. These included a two-volume, 1838 edition of The Novels of Jane Austen. These two volumes presented some condition concerns which Cathleen A. Baker Fellow Clara Huisman treated under the supervision of Conservation Librarian/Conservator Marieka Kaye.

A New Home for a Historical Microscope

Clamshell box storing a Culpeper-Style English Microscope (ca. 1760)

In 2013, an extraordinary collection on the history of medicine was transferred from the Taubman Library to the Special Collections Library, University of Michigan Library. Among the books, we came across three eighteenth-century microscopes stored in plain boxes and in need of conservation treatment. They have now been repaired and are in new homes. Here is a video explaining in detail the conservation work performed in one of these wonderful microscopes.