Blog topic: Preservation

New Conservation staff member Kimberly Kwan

Conservation welcomes Kimberly Kwan

July 12, 2021
by Kristen St.John

Conservation Services staff are delighted to welcome Kimberly Kwan to our lab in Stanford Redwood City. Kimberly joins us as a Book Conservator starting on July 12, 2021. 

MSSMEDIA0029 tape back

Queerly Audible History: The Don Lucas Mattachine Society Tapes

February 12, 2021
by Franz Kunst

Working in a large archive means you're always discovering collections - sometimes even collections that are already open and available. In this case, it was a group of audio tapes related to 1950s gay rights organization the Mattachine Society. In the midst of preparing for a vault move, we came across a tape labeled “Reel #6” which had been misfiled and listed as lost. After considerable sleuthing the reel was finally returned to its rightful box.

Çatalhöyük image collection released on Searchworks

February 11, 2021
by Claudia A. Engel

A current effort is underway to archive archaeological research documentation from Çatalhöyük -- a 9000 year old neolithic settlement in the central plains of Turkey widely recognized as one of the most important archaeological sites in the world -- in the Stanford Digital Repository. We have just achieved our first major milestone and released the image collection of about 144,000 images on Searchworks.

Providing large scale text corpora for research

The Stanford RegLab and the Stanford Literary Lab have both been processing and analyzing large text corpora for many years now and both recently received a chunk of OCR content from Stanford Libraries thanks to work that DLSS has undertaken to retrieve the digital files of more than 3 million items from the Stanford Libraries catalog that were scanned by Google.

Image of St. Hubertus as a stained glass panel, divided into sections

Metal, paper, glass: the devotional object and the challenges of interpretation

August 25, 2020
by Kathleen M Smith

Welcome to Part 2 of our blog post series, Metal, paper, glass. As Elizabeth Ryan noted in her blog post, subtitled Perspectives on a stained glass panel and other objects in Stanford Libraries Special Collections, we were inspired by this striking stained-glass object to explore how we each interact with a variety of unusual materials in our collections, and to share our different perspectives.

Library materials bagged and isolated, undergoing observation for potential pest activity.

Bugs, books, and ice cream freezers

June 17, 2020
by Annie Matthys


Within the last few months, being in quarantine has become something we feel all too familiar with; and, perhaps, this is the first time a majority of us have added the term and concept to our daily lives and experience. For those of us in preventive preservation, however, quarantine is actually a facet of our duties, as we quarantine library and archive materials as a means to safeguard collections.

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