It’s Preservation Week! All week long, we’re going to be featuring our Adopt a Book Program, which provides the main source of funding for rare book conservation and repair at the University of Missouri Libraries.
More information about Preservation Week from the American Library Association:
Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are equally at risk.
And today’s Adopt a Book success story:
Gordon, Alexander, 1669-1752. The history of Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia; to which is prefixed, A short general history of the country, from the rise of that monarchy, and an account of the author’s life. Aberdeen, Douglass, 1755. MERLIN library catalog
You can see the repairs to the spine in the photos above. For more information and before-and-after photos, see the book’s page in the Adopt a Book program.
Edited to add: All the conservation work you’ll see in the Adopt a Book posts this week was done by Jim Downey at Legacy Bookbindery.