Stinky, Smelly, and Funky: De-odorizing Special Collections

This blog post was written by Amy Sullivan, Head of Preservation Services for Mason Libraries. Do you ever wonder how to treat stinky smelly collections? I’ve gotten a surprising number of questions via email and Instagram about that since the pandemic started. Maybe people are trapped at home with odoriferous Continue Reading

There’s the Rub! – Brass Rubbings in Special Collections – Part 1

This post was written by Lana Mason, Processing Student Assistant. Lana has an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Piedmont Virginia Community College. She is currently studying Art History at George Mason University. Lana is the recipient of the University Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic Continue Reading

Adventures in Preservation

This post was written by Amy Sullivan, Preservation Officer for George Mason University Libraries. You can follow Amy’s adventures in preservation on Instagram @gmupreservation. SCRC sent items from Randolph H. Lytton Historical Virginia collection to be de-framed by Amy and her student, and she noted this document made of parchment that Continue Reading

Preservation Week

Celebrate preservation awareness week by hosting a build-your-own-book-weight workshop!     Book weights are filled fabric pouches that gently hold your books open while they’re in use to avoid breaking the spines and free up your hands. Sure, you can buy them, but you can also make them. And if Continue Reading

Constructing Preservation Enclosures: Double Tray Book Boxes

Constructed in the clamshell style, book boxes built like those described below completely enclose the volumes housed inside of them, providing support and protection to items with fragile or damaged bindings or covers. Custom cut individually to fit each specific item, these enclosures consists of three basic parts: a lower Continue Reading