Preservation + Conservation

New covers for our new and old books

Posted September 16th, 2014 by willer

20140916_colibriYou might notice new covers in the library stacks this fall. The Curation and Preservation Services department is proud to introduce a new treatment for those lightly-worn books in our collection.

Please meet the CoLibri cover system jacket. These clear polyethylene jackets are an inexpensive way to give slightly damaged items a longer life on the shelf before having to either rebind or replace them. There are many options for repairing books, and this is just one of them, so stay tuned for future posts.

Telegraphy exhibit opens in the Maihaugen Gallery

Posted September 8th, 2014 by Heather Denny

linemenWired: A World Transformed by the Telegraph, an exhibition highlighting the Libraries’ special collections in telegraphy, recently opened in the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130).

Until the mid-19th century, most messages could travel across long distances only as quickly as they could be physically carried. Audiovisual systems such as smoke, flags, drums, beacons, and gunshots were cumbersome and severely limited in their sophistication and speed.

The electric telegraph changed all that. The ability to communicate instantaneously across entire continents – and even oceans – heralded the birth of telecommunications.

The current exhibition introduces a rich and varied collection of materials on the electric telegraph and its impact on the world. The collection is a gift of Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. (MIT 1957), who also made a generous donation to process and catalog its contents.

The exhibit includes telegrams, images, books, video, and ephemera that chart the birth of a huge industry, and reveal how business, warfare, social interactions, and even the arts were affected by this transformational technology.

Visit the Maihaugen Gallery Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.