Course:3: Processing
Lesson:Lesson 5 – Processing: Putting It All Together
Topic:Let the Preservation Begin!
 

Let the Preservation Begin!

The files are arranged now, so itís time to begin the preservation work on the materials. You begin by removing the first folder from the box and working your way through the contents of the folder, taking appropriate preservation actions as you go, and making sure to maintain the order of the documents and items within the folder.

First File

The first file is labeled Riverpark Art Gallery, February 9, 1965 Ė March 31, 1965.

Preservation Actions

You begin your preservation work by handling each item and taking appropriate action on it. Note that the items are all quite dusty and dirty, so at a minimum, cleaning is required. You may wish to review the preservation instructions in the previous lesson before beginning the exercise below.

exercise iconFor each of the nine items in the folder, decide upon the correct preservation actions to take. Click to learn what's appropriate once you've given it some thought.

  1. A letter inviting Lisa Smith to exhibit five paintings at a local artistsí exhibit at the Riverpark Art Gallery. Click here to see if you've selected the appropriate action.
  2. A letter accepting the invitation. Click here to see if you've selected the appropriate action.
  3. A letter and attached materials (including a photograph of the exhibit space) describing the exhibit (stapled together). Click here to see if you've selected the appropriate action.
  4. Notes made on legal pad paper by Lisa Smith, listing paintings to be exhibited and brief descriptions of them. Click here to see if you've selected the appropriate action.
  5. A letter from Lisa Smith to the Gallery with attached list of paintings and descriptions of them (stapled). Click here to see if you've selected the appropriate action.
  6. A tri-fold brochure from the exhibit. Click here to see if you've selected the appropriate action.
  7. Photographs of each painting as displayed at the exhibit. Click here to see if you've selected the appropriate action.
  8. Newspaper clippings from local papers about the exhibit and artists. Click here to see if you've selected the appropriate action.
  9. A thank you letter from the Gallery to Lisa Smith. Click here to see if you've selected the appropriate action.  

 

Box

1. Begin work by starting with the first box.

 remove materials

2. Remove the first file.

 review contents

3. Review the contents to determine preservation actions.

proper staple removal

4.a If you find an item with a staple remaining, remove it. Turn the papers to the bottom, then carefully lift up the staple prong from each side.

 extracting staple

4.b Turn the papers to the top, then extract and dispose of the staple.