Completion of Boxing Project for Iowa Women’s Archives

The holdings of the Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives at the UI Main Library include a diverse collection of dozens and dozens of scrapbooks made by Iowa women. The Conservation Department has made protective boxes for these unusual and sometimes fragile items. Since August 2001, Assistant Conservator, Kristin Baum, with the assistance of student interns Rachel Lapkin, Julie Cobb, and Tatiana Ginsberg, completed more than 85 custom enclosures in seven months, and a total of 125 custom enclosures have been made for this collection since 1999. The initial project is completed, although boxing will continue as additional scrapbooks are acquired by the Iowa Women’s Archives.