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  1. Safely Preserving Your Family's Photos and Documents

    Dear Donia, What is your advice for preserving family photos and documents?  Q. Dear Donia, My grandmother passed away last June. When we had to sort through her apartment I found a number of old photographs, some close to if not more than 100 years old. ...

    BMORRIS - 05/20/2019 - 15:56 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  2. Safely Cleaning an Old Sampler

    Dear Donia, What is the best way to safely clean an old sampler?  Q. Dear Donia, I just unearthed a sampler from a kit I made in 1975. It was mounted with glue (likely Elmer’s) and put in a wooden frame with no glass. After spending a decade or so on a wa ...

    BMORRIS - 05/21/2019 - 11:26 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  3. Safely Displaying a Hand-tinted Photograph

    Dear Donia, How can I safely display a hand-tinted photograph? Q. Dear Donia, I have a circa 1887 (5 x 7 inch) glass plate from the photography studio of an ancestor. It is positive (not negative) and has been hand-tinted (we think, with oil-based paint). ...

    BMORRIS - 05/13/2019 - 15:31 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  4. Making a Damaged Letter Legible

    Dear Donia, How can I restore an old, damaged letter so that it's legible?   Q. Dear Donia, We found a letter written by my mother's father inside my deceased uncle's passport dated 1956. My uncle died in a tragic airline fire and the lette ...

    BMORRIS - 05/13/2019 - 15:01 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  5. Storing Old Photos Removed from Photo Albums

    Dear Donia, Where should I store old photos that have been removed from their albums? Q. Dear Donia, I just read that if one has old photos in the old photo albums with the sticy pages that they should be removed, but you don't say where you will the ...

    BMORRIS - 04/30/2019 - 16:52 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  6. Safely Removing Old Glue Adhesive from a Newspaper Clipping

    Dear Donia, How do I safely remove antique glue adhesive from a newspaper clipping in a scrapbook?  Q. Dear Donia, How do I safely remove antique glue adhesive (100-years-old) from a newspaper clipping in a scrapbook? Essentially the clipping was glued do ...

    BMORRIS - 04/30/2019 - 16:39 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  7. How to Safely Remove Retouching Paint from Antique News Photos

    Dear Donia,  Is it possible to safely remove retouching paint from antique news photographs? Q. Dear Donia,  Is it possible to safely remove retouching paint from antique news photographs? To enhance reproduction in low-res newsprint, otherwise beautiful, ...

    BMORRIS - 04/30/2019 - 16:25 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  8. Salvaging a Greeting Card with Water Damage

    Dear Donia, How do I salvage a card with water damage? Q. Dear Donia, I have a card from President and Mrs. Obama that I received as a congratulations on my wedding, and it's one of the most cherished items I have from that time. I was planning on ha ...

    BMORRIS - 04/30/2019 - 15:53 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  9. Preserving an Old Journal with Photos and Newspaper Clippings

    Dear Donia, How do I preserve an old journal with photos and newspaper clippings? Q. Dear Donia, After checking your advice column, I didn't see anything about the silver in old photos. Is there a way to preserve them and prevent them from further lo ...

    BMORRIS - 04/30/2019 - 15:34 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  10. Preserving a Label on an Old Coffee Tin

    Dear Donia, How do I preserve a label on an old coffee tin? Q. Dear Donia, I have purchased an old coffee box with an American beauty label but it looks all stained. Is there a way to clean it to improve the way looks? Thanks, Karon A. Dear Karon, I love ...

    BMORRIS - 04/30/2019 - 14:54 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)