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The preservation component began November 2001 focusing on the Susan H. Douglas collection, the largest collection of Political Americana with a range of artifacts in many sizes and formats. The storage of this collection precipitously deteriorated over the years as old packing materials and disorganization took their toll. Fragile artifacts of different composition, weight and size were stored haphazardly in a variety of boxes, most over-filled. Many artifacts were only partially wrapped in thin, degraded tissue, providing little protection and impeding identification and retrieval. Coupled with the storage problems, serious condition concerns, including fragility, composite structures, and physical damage, put the collection at risk of significant damage at all points of use and handling.

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Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections Cornell University Library

Copyright 2002 Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853
Phone Number: (607) 255-3530. Fax Number: (607) 255-9524

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