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  1. Storing Blueprints

    Dear Donia, How do I store production-used blueprints? Q. Dear Donia, I have a collection of production-used set blueprints (58 total; they measure about 42 1/8" by 30") from a TV show that are currently housed in standard cardboard tubes (this ...

    BMORRIS - 06/08/2020 - 19:23 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  2. Restoring Water-damaged Prints

    Dear Donia, How can I restore water-damaged prints? Q. Dear Donia, I have several prints from the 20s that I have some water spots, on and I'm curious as to how to remove them. Although I have an art background, I'm unsure if I can do this mysel ...

    BMORRIS - 06/05/2020 - 12:21 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  3. Tissue Paper Between Bible Pages

    Dear Donia, Do I need to keep the tissue between pages of old Macklin Bibles? Q.  Dear Donia, As a new collector of rare Bibles I have purchased a set of the Macklin Bible which is the largest Bible ever printed by letterpress (in seven huge volumes —eigh ...

    BMORRIS - 06/04/2020 - 23:58 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  4. How to Mount and Frame Vellum Paper

    Dear Donia, How do I mount and frame vellum paper? Q. Dear Donia, I've perused your advice on mounting, framing, and storing documents of antiquity, however, I didn't find advice on vellum. I assume the same materials and principles apply for di ...

    BMORRIS - 06/05/2020 - 12:30 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  5. Safely Removing Tape From an Old Calendar

    Dear Donia, How do I safely remove tape from an old calendar? Q. Dear Donia, I have a 1955 calendar of Marilyn Monroe with the top edge torn off, which someone tried fixing with duct tape. I have had it stored since because I didn't want to cause any ...

    BMORRIS - 06/04/2020 - 23:31 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  6. Digitizing Old Records

    Dear Donia, How do I digitize old records?   Q. Dear Donia, My father fought in WWII in the Pacific. When he returned from the war, he recorded the things he went through on both sides of two 33-1/3 records in 1944. Over the years one of the records got b ...

    BMORRIS - 06/04/2020 - 22:50 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  7. Exposing Writing on the Back of an Old Photo

    Dear Donia, How do I expose writing on an old photo?   Q.  Dear Donia, I have an old photograph with writing on the back, but unfortunately somebody scribbled over the writing. Is there a way to safely expose the original writing? Would a UV light damage ...

    BMORRIS - 06/04/2020 - 23:59 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  8. Removing Moldy Smell From Ivory Jewelry

    Dear Donia, How do I get rid of moldy, musty smell on ivory jewelry? Q. Dear Donia, How do I get rid of moldy, musty smell on ivory jewelry? Thanks, Eva A. Dear Eva, Great question! As you know, ivory is the product of a living animal and is porous, thus ...

    BMORRIS - 06/04/2020 - 22:08 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  9. Safely Displaying Fragile, Brittle Newspapers

    Dear Donia, How can I safely display fragile, brittle newspapers?   Q. Dear Donia, I recently just received a set of newspapers that are about 80 years old and so fragile that even turning the page can break off pieces. I'm wondering how I can safely ...

    BMORRIS - 06/04/2020 - 22:39 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  10. How to Archive Family Photos

    Dear Donia, What is the best way to archive family photos? Q. Dear Donia, Is it best to archive older family photos in chronological order by years as the family grew, or in subjects like Christmas in our family or weddings in our family. I can see the va ...

    BMORRIS - 06/04/2020 - 20:59 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)