Preserving our collections

Thanks to the generosity of donors during the 2018 appeal, preservation work continues on the extraordinary collection of PROMPT theatre scrapbooks in the National Library’s collection. In Part 1 of our blog on preserving the scrapbooks, Director of Preservation Services Vicki Humphrey introduces us to conservator Kerry McInnes:

Preserving our collections

Thanks to the generosity of donors during the 2018 appeal, preservation work will soon conclude on the extraordinary collection of PROMPT theatre scrapbooks in the National Library’s collection. In Part 3 of this blog, Director of Preservation Services Vicki Humphrey writes about the intention of fans who lovingly sought to capture their favourite stars in home-made scrapbooks:

Conservator Kerry McInnes at first thought that many of the scrapbooks were the work of a single enthusiast because of the similarities she noted in techniques across a number of the books.

Australian Joint Copying Project Reimagined

The microfilm produced by the Australian Joint Copying Project has long been a first stop for those researching local or family history. The 10,400 microfilm reels however have been difficult to access even for those living near libraries holding the microfilm let alone those in rural areas. The content itself can often be dense and difficult to locate relevant information. 

The Art of Selling

As the National Library launches its appeal to preserve and digitise some 7,000 pre-1950 posters held in the Pictures Collection, Emeritus Professor and author Peter Spearritt explores some alluring posters from the Library’s collection, produced to capture the minds of national and international audiences. Support our posters appeal and help us preserve these fragile artefacts and provide free online access to them for all to study and enjoy. The appeal closes on 31 July 2019.

Preserving our collections

Thanks to the generosity of donors during the 2018 appeal, preservation work continues on the extraordinary collection of PROMPT theatre scrapbooks in the National Library’s collection. In Part 2 of this blog, Director of Preservation Services Vicki Humphrey writes about the structure and integrity of home-made albums. She writes:

The condition of the scrapbooks varied. Most were in some form of album, but the album structures varied across the collection.

Melodrama in Meiji Japan - Part One

The Preservation team at the National Library of Australia have recently been working with a number of amazing items that are now on display as part of the Melodrama in Meiji Japan exhibition. Many of these include stunningly beautiful and brightly coloured Japanese woodblock prints, also termed Kuchi-e (pronounced ‘koo-chi-eh’), literally translated as ‘mouth-picture’. A major part of the exhibition were the prints donated by Professor Richard Clough from 2011 to 2014.

The little red book that could

This little red book about the papers and speeches of Colonel Hutton 1894-1898 was recently brought up to the Preservation lab for a few repairs. When we took a closer look, it was evident that this leather tightback with false raised bands had not only lost its lower board with its upper board hanging on by a thread, but it had already received some treatment in the past.

Before treatment image of front

Grandpas in the bookstack

Deep within the depths of our book stacks is a room filled with every bibliophile’s dream—thousands and thousands of old books. The rare book stack contains a wonderfully diverse collection of Renaissance and Early Modern-era parchment bindings. As part of our founding collections these books are affectionately called our ‘Grandpa books’.

Shelves of rare books

Our rare book stack

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