Document & Manuscript Conservation

Ensure the longevity and usability of certificates, letters, indentures, warrants, deeds, contracts, and manuscripts through treatment procedures that remove dirt, chemically neutralize deterioration, stabilize corroding inks, return suppleness and strength, and reduce creases and deformations. Treatments for documents and manuscripts include but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning, washing, removal of dirt and brightening

  • Reduction and reversal of discolouration and stains due to foxing, water/tidemarks, light exposure, acidic framing materials and other sources

  • Removal of old repairs, acidic backing boards, and reversal of detrimental mounting techniques

  • Repair of tears, reduction/removal of creases, and loss compensation

  • Returning suppleness through humidification or aqueous treatment

  • Chemical stabilization and neutralization of products of deterioration

  • In-painting of lost media.

  • Preventative care through the construction of custom enclosures or returning to original frames with acid-free materials and UV filtering glass.

Treatment Examples