I watched a video today that is an excellent tutorial: Basics of Paper Conservation. I wish every genealogist and every other person concerned with preserving paper documents would view this. If this information had been common knowledge years ago, many of the problems I have described in past newsletter articles never would have happened.
In the 33-minute video, Illinois State Archives conservator Dottie Hopkins-Rehan discusses simple techniques that archivists and others can use to preserve and repair documents. Topics include how to humidify, flatten, clean and properly store documents. The video is aimed at genealogists, archivists in small historical repositories and students.
Hopkins-Rehan has been a conservator at the State Archives for more than 30 years.
The Basics of Paper Conservation video was filmed by Secretary of State staff in the Illinois State Archives’ conservation laboratory. You can view the video at http://goo.gl/2u5svi or in the video player below.