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Johnson County Record Books

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 We have conserved a number of record books from the Flood of 2008 for the Johnson County Historical Society.  Most of them have been pretty straight forward in the treatment that was needed.  We were so close to being finished with all of the record books when we came across aContinue reading “Johnson County Record Books”

Good-bye Caitlin, Hello Kathleen

Good-bye Caitlin, Hello Kathleen Caitlin Moore, our Flood Recovery Conservation Technician, is moving on to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.  We are sad to see her go but are so thankful for all the work she has done for the past three years. Good Luck, Caitlin! We welcome Kathleen Tandy to fillContinue reading “Good-bye Caitlin, Hello Kathleen”

JCHS return!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009 Finally sending some ledgers home!! Leigh Ann Randak came to the Conservation Lab today to pick up 42 finished ledgers and the completed collection of re-boxed court dockets!! This means we are nearly half way through the ledger project and that we’re making progress! Many of these projects are so longContinue reading “JCHS return!!”

Yet another workflow…

Sunday, July 19, 2009 This weekend I’ve started working with the Johnson County Historical Society book collection. So far they have required some dry cleaning, mending and flattening. I’ve been using the vacuum packer to flatten them which has been very effective and is really fun to watch. The damage is similar to that ofContinue reading “Yet another workflow…”

Material Instability and Other Woes

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 We have encountered every problem in the book (no pun intended) while treating these ledgers for the Johnson County Historical Society. These two pictures of the same ledger are good examples. The structure of the book was sound. It needed a little bit of cosmetic repair and hinge repair. The insideContinue reading “Material Instability and Other Woes”

Repairing Ledgers One at a Time

Monday, July 6, 2009 There are several different types of ledgers from the Johnson County Historical Society. This ledger was completely detached from the covers, but the case was intact. The spine and corner pieces were in good shape but the cover cloth was warped and bunched. I began with the text block. I tippedContinue reading “Repairing Ledgers One at a Time”

Peeling The Smells Away

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 This ledger from the Johnson County Historical Society was in bad shape. The boards were warped, the spine piece had come detached, and the covers were almost completely off but for one small area. The covers were so far gone I decided to replace them altogether. I kept the cloth fromContinue reading “Peeling The Smells Away”

Volunteer Dawn Completes Docket Project

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 One of our volunteers, Dawn Wellington, has been working on a project re-ordering and re-housing a collection of court dockets for the Johnson County Historical Society. She went through hundreds of dockets and put them back in order and into new document boxes. When she finished, we had Leigh Ann Randak,Continue reading “Volunteer Dawn Completes Docket Project”

Leigh Ann Inspects Proposed Conservation Work

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 Our close proximity to the museums we are working with gives us the advantage of easy communication with their curators. Leigh Ann Randak of the Johnson County Historical Society was able to come down to see how our Head Conservator, Gary Frost, was coming along with the ledgers and county registers heContinue reading “Leigh Ann Inspects Proposed Conservation Work”

Leigh Ann Randak Visits

Monday, November 10, 2008 Leigh Ann from the Johnson County Historical Society came to sort through the books that were freeze-dried and then stored at the UI Main Library –to see what we had here and take away anything she needed, or didn’t need us to work on. Since the boxes are stacked to theContinue reading “Leigh Ann Randak Visits”