CONSERVATION AND REPAIR
Collections Conservation |
Rare Book Conservation |
Conservation Treatment Portfolio | Audio-visual and media collections
Special Collections: MIT Libraries' Rare Books Conservation
The MIT Libraries' rare book conservation program provides comprehensive
care for the rare books, unique archival resources, and other special
collection materials within the MIT Libraries. The conservator and
conservation technician carry out a variety of treatments in accordance
with the standards for practice and professional ethics set forth
by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
Works. These treatments range from basic stabilization to complete
visual and/or functional restoration.
Research materials found in special collections and archives often
have meaning or value as artifacts in addition to their intellectual
content. In many cases unique physical attributes of a book or document
may add to its intellectual content by providing evidence of historical
or social context. An understanding of the significance of each
book or other artifact and its place in the collection must therefore
inform all treatments decisions. The conservator works closely with
the collection staff and archivists to set priorities for treatment.
This coordinated effort ensures that MIT’s unique collections
and research materials will be in usable condition and available
to the MIT community and researchers for many years to come.
For more information about conservation decision-making and the
treatment of special collections see "Conservation Decision-making
and Ethics" in the MIT Libraries' newsletter the
Bibliotech, vol.16, no.1, Spring 2004.
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September 4, 2013