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Tips for Preserving Books

  • Don't pull a book out by its spine as this can cause damage. Instead pull a book out by pressing on either side or by pushing out from behind
  • Store books standing up and not on their sides
  • Be careful when opening or photocopying a book. Support the spine and try to open only as wide as necessary
  • Do not use staples, paperclips, tape or glue
  • Keep away from light
  • Avoid extreme fluctuations in heat and humidity
  • Keep storage areas clean to avoid attracting insects and rodents

Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, Handling Paper Artifacts.

When Malindy Sings, Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872 - 1906, 1903, De Vincent Collection of American Sheet Music