Care of Historic Scrapbooks
Instructor: Jennifer Hain Teper
Date: August 6-7, 2018
This course offering is a combination of lecture and hands-on workshop for those responsible for the care, maintenance, and repair of historic scrapbook collections. This class will present the history of scrapbooks and their use as well as an overview of common formats, common types of materials preserved in scrapbooks, and most frequent preservation challenges. Tools and methodologies to assist collection managers in making preservation decisions regarding scrapbooks will also be presented. Hands-on repair approaches for scrapbook preservation will include stabilization with mylar sleeves while allowing for access to booklets and multi-page documents, removing artifacts from various scrapbook page formats, and stabilizing artifacts in-situ, as well as repair of various binding structures and support pages.
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Jennifer Hain Teper has served since 2001 as the Conservation Librarian and Head of the Conservation Unit for the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she oversees general and special collections conservation. A 2000 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin program, she has worked extensively with scrapbook collections at the University of Illinois, overseeing a conservation need survey of over 500 historic scrapbooks and the treatment or stabilization of 169 of those items. She has written and presented multiple times on scrapbooks and their preservation.