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UI Libraries receives NEH $300,000 three-year grant

We are pleased to announce that the UI Libraries has received a National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) $300,000 grant award for a three-year preservation and access project to provide conservation treatment and to digitize 150 oversize scrapbooks in the Keith/Albee Vaudeville Theater Collection. Since its acquisition in 1976, the Keith/Albee Vaudeville Theater Collection has remainedContinue reading “UI Libraries receives NEH $300,000 three-year grant”

Fixing a detached cover

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library recently acquired this sweet chunky 19th century religious text and brought it into the lab.  The binding had broken away from the text block after the first signature because it was so large. The cover was consolidated and the hinges were repaired withContinue reading “Fixing a detached cover”

UI Conservator Emeritus Gary Frost to participate in library and archives conservation program.

              The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a generous grant to the Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College. This funding will provide expanded development of Library and Archives Conservation training. Frost will provide student instruction and advisement in the expanded program. He will travel to Buffalo twiceContinue reading “UI Conservator Emeritus Gary Frost to participate in library and archives conservation program.”

Anna Marie Mitchell Items Get Custom Enclosures

Thursday, August 22, 2013 Take a look at a couple of the newest enclosures our very own “box lady” Linda Lundy has completed.  Linda has been working on some items from the Iowa Womens Archive (IWA).  The latest items come from Anna Marie Mitchell. Here is some info on Anna Marie Mitchell from  Karen Mason, CuratorContinue reading “Anna Marie Mitchell Items Get Custom Enclosures”

Kent Theater Photos Rehousing Project

Friday, August 2, 2013 Submitted by Lindsay Shettler The theatre photographs from the Frederick W. Kent Collection of Photographs are currently being stabilized, digitized, and rehoused for Special Collections. The theater photographs are organized by year and production. The first batch of photographs are pre-1936, many of these prints have unknown dates ranging from the lateContinue reading “Kent Theater Photos Rehousing Project”

Disaster Preparedness in the Main Library

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 This spring and summer in Iowa City has brought lots of different types of weather and with that lots of different events to be prepared for.  We were in a severe drought for most the winter and early spring, then the rains started.  At the end of May as the riverContinue reading “Disaster Preparedness in the Main Library”

The Szathmary Digitzation Project

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 The University of Iowa’s Special Collections was fortunate to receive Chef Louis Szathmary’s library of cookbooks throughout the mid-80’s.  Among the items were a number of handwritten cookbooks that Szathmary had collected over the years. In the Spring of 2012 conservation and digital preservation students began scanning the manuscripts. The firstContinue reading “The Szathmary Digitzation Project”

Piecing together a flood damaged map

Friday, October 19, 2012 We are nearing the end of the flood damaged flatwork for the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.  One of the final pieces was a map that had previously been broken into 32 pieces and lined on a linen cloth. We carefully removed each piece of the map from theContinue reading “Piecing together a flood damaged map”

Encapsulating a giant map

Friday, September 28, 2012 Part of our mission at the University of Iowa is community outreach, in the Preservation and Conservation department outreach happens in many different ways. One of our most recent community projects was helping the Davenport Public Library (DPL) with an over-sized map.  Amy Groskopf, the Associate Director at the Davenport PublicContinue reading “Encapsulating a giant map”