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Guidelines for Careful Handling During Remote Consultations

By Nora Dempsey, Associate Collections Conservator 

Toward the end of 2020, Harvard Library Preservation Services (HLPS) staff shared guidelines for handling collection materials during virtual consultations. These guidelines were created in response to COVID-19-related restrictions on access to library materials and in-person meetings. We welcomed the...

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Caring for Collections 2020

by Christopher Sokolowski, paper conservator at the Weissman Preservation Center

Like in-person events everywhere last year, Harvard’s preservation community came together in 2020 to learn—and laugh—on Zoom. The annual Caring for Collections speaker’s event modified its format to three online live sessions this past fall, giving staff a view of preservation...

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A Year as a Weissman Preservation Center Intern

by Oa Sjoblom 

As an Art Conservation graduate student at SUNY Buffalo State, I spent two years in Buffalo studying conservation theory, treatment, and ethics; learning about the materials and production of paintings, objects, art on paper, photographs, and books; and classes in conservation science and imaging. The last year of graduate training is a year-long internship at a conservation lab to...

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Enhancing Discovery & Access of Web Archives at Harvard Library

by Tricia Patterson, Digital Preservation Analyst

A scholar walks into an online discovery platform. The scholar says to the search bar, “Can I get the archived website of Harvard’s Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies from 2007?” The search bar looks confused; “Archived website? We don’t have any of those here – how about a Networked Resource or a Manuscript instead?” The scholar sighs in defeat, abandoning their research forever…

Okay, so maybe that’s overstating the ramifications.

But Harvard Library’s web archives collections have never been...

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Harvard Library Renews Archive-It Membership for Preservation of Websites

by Stephen Abrams, Head of Digital Preservation

The web has become the preeminent channel for scholarly communication as well as popular, political, and commercial discourse in the 21st century.  In keeping with Harvard Library’s longstanding mission to ensure effective long-term stewardship of all materials fundamental to the University’s research, teaching, and learning initiatives, the Library has been actively involved in web archiving since 2006 (...

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DigiPres and DLF Forum 2020 Go Virtual (and Free)!

By Tricia Patterson, Digital Preservation Analyst

As the tide of remote work washes into another season, many professional conferences have opted to transition to a virtual platform instead of canceling their annual events. For conference attendees, this inevitably means logging even more hours in front of the computer screen, shifting restlessly between a desk chair, bed, and sofa to console oneself with the illusion of mobility. Thankfully (so thankfully), these virtual platforms offer plentiful ...

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A Remote Start during the Pandemic

by Amanda Maloney, Special Collections Conservator at the Weissman Preservation Center

I began my position as Special Collections Conservator for the Harvard Libraries “at” the Weissman Preservation Center on March 23rd, 2020, but I did not step foot into the labs until August 10th, 2020! Conservation is a discipline that relies on close and thorough examinations of collection objects, looking at them under magnification and in various types of light. Getting a sense for the physical feel, and even smell, of an object can tell the trained conservator a lot about its past and...

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“Larger Than Life”: Edwin Forrest Mammoth Daguerreotype Conservation Challenges

Senior Photograph Conservator Elena Bulat presented her work on June 20th, 2020 on the Edwin Forrest Mammoth Daguerreotype as part of The Institute of Conservation (ICON) Book and Paper group webinar series "Conservation Together at Home." 

This presentation focused on the conservation challenges and opportunities presented by a mammoth plate daguerreotype of American stage actor Edwin Forrest from the Theatre Collection at Houghton Library, Harvard University. Although mammoth daguerreotypes are very rare, the Theatre Collection has two of these photographs, both...

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Web Archiving

Archived website

Born-digital artifacts (such as email, 3-D scans, or architectural drawings) are dynamic, ephemeral, and inter-dependent on a network of rapidly obsolescing...

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