CAITLYN THOMPSON ORIGINAL BOOKBINDING, BOX MAKING, AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Welcome to Haverford College - Treat This, Please.


This summer I am a Conservation Intern at Haverford College. I hit the ground running a few weeks ago and have loved the fast environment. I was worried I wouldn't be able to apply my speedy ways to conservation, but I was wrong. While mending can be slow at times, I find the entire process of treatment exciting and oddly spunky. Never know what attitude a book will throw at me. Studying the objects, planning treatments and being in complete control of execution has been rock solid. Below, I share with you my first project here at the Magill Library in hot and humid Haverford, PA.

Love and Truth, by Luke Howard, a rare Quaker book from Special Collections needed a complete conservation treatment which included washing, de-acidifying, re-sizing, paper mending, re-sewing, rounding, and re-casing. Below are some photos from the epic process.

WASHING



PAPER MENDING - BEFORE AND AFTER








SEWING


COVERS - BEFORE AND AFTER



ENCLOSURE FEATURING COMPARTMENT FOR ORIGINAL COVERS






I'm proud.

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