The treatment reports and photographic documentation that comprise this Digital Resource Collection are a record of conservation treatments conducted in the collaborative Preservation Lab on special collections items held either by the University of Cincinnati Libraries or the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. It is a conservation professional’s ethical obligation to preserve and document the condition of cultural property during examination, sampling, scientific investigation, and treatment [Standards set forth in the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation]. Conservation treatments performed in the lab that alter the artifact’s structure or replace original materials are thoroughly documented and are represented here.
Decisions to modify an object’s aesthetic or physical format are based on many considerations including extending the artifact’s usable life, removing previous repairs not sympathetic to the object or replacing original structures which have become detrimental to the artifact over time. Often a compromise must be reached to find a balance between preserving the functionality of an item and preserving the historical aesthetic integrity.
The Preservation Lab is making our professional documentation available with the aim of aiding scholars engaged in bibliography and researchers in the fields of conservation and preservation. These materials should be used as a reference for understanding the history of an object’s materiality and are not intended to be instructive in terms of book and paper conservation treatment. As they say, do not try this at home! Always consult a conservation professional.
Presented in each entry is the full treatment report in PDF format which includes a brief description of the item, condition before treatment, treatment proposal, notes on the treatment, and time of treatment. Additionally a contact sheet of images is provided in PDF format. Lastly, high-resolution photographs detailing the areas treated are attached. The file-naming conventions describe the nature of the photographs. For example: An image with the file name i21692609_487_A1UV indicates:
Information about the artifact’s author and other standard citation information can be found by following the hyperlink provided to the catalog record.
Since forming in 2012, the primary mission of the collaborative Preservation Lab is to preserve and conserve the collections of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County and the University of Cincinnati Libraries. The treatment reports and photographic documentation that comprise this Digital Resource Collection are a record of conservation treatments conducted in the lab on special collections items held either by the University of Cincinnati Libraries or the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The collection is divided by owning institution. For more information about the DRC see drc.libraries.uc.edu/about.html.
For current information about Preservation Lab activities and events see blog.thepreservationlab.org.