The Athenaeum community came out to support the third Conservation night on Wednesday, June 4 and fully sponsored the repair of 15 volumes. Six more require additional funding. Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring one of these books:
The Literati by Edgar A. Poe needs $200
Salem Witchcraft in Outline by Caroline Upham needs $110
Convention Sermons needs $300
Psalterium Americanum needs $400
A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (OED) needs $420
For more about conservation and to see the amazing makeovers completed during 2012, visit our spring exhibition:
“Transformation!” showcases the first graduates of the Athenæum’s Adopt-a-Book Conservation Program. In June 2012, the Athenæum held its first Conservation Night in an effort to raise funds to repair some of the older volumes in our Collection.
Book conservation involves slow and painstaking work. “Before” and “Process” photos illustrate the transformation of these remarkable and eloquent books from weak and worn to healthy and renewed, with covers reattached, pages smoothed and spines intact and straight.
The exhibit includes conservator’s tools such as gold and silver leaf, lettering implements, a bone folder, a brayer and a “snake.” You can also learn about the anatomy of a book and, for R & R, visit a book "spa" to see how the aging pages are rejuvenated.
On Conservation Night, June 3, the books that were adopted last year—the second graduating class—will make their debut. Meet the new candidates for conservation and welcome the newest graduates home!
This spring, let’s celebrate the conservation of these valuable books and the generosity of the donors who made the transformations possible!
The exhibition is open during library hours and special events through September 6.
We are grateful to our 2013-2014 Program Sponsors
Boston Private Bank
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Soucy Insurance Agency, Inc.