If you’ve been following this series, by now you have a working knowledge of preservation materials and storage options for your family treasures. Last week, the blog touched on textiles. This week’s post takes a closer look at how to care for family books and photos (scrapbooks and albums, too).
- Books are best stored upright (vertically) on shelves
- Books and photos should have minimal light exposure to avoid fading
- Avoid writing on the back of photos
- Keep food and drinks away while handling items
So you’ve inherited the family textile heirlooms, now what? Textiles include clothing, rugs, blankets, lace or other fabrics. Bottomless quote generator, Ben Franklin noted: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It certainly applies to textile care; small measures now ensure good long term preservation. Let’s get started.
The quick version:
- Don’t store in a basement, attic or garage (really, you’ll regret it)
- Remove dry cleaning bags and wire hangers
- If a textile is sturdy, hang it up
- If it is heavy (like a quilt), box it up
- If it is fragile, roll it up
So last week tackled preservation materials and storage environment best suited for maintaining heirlooms and treasures at home. If you haven’t seen it, check it out real quick before you read this.
Whether Bakelite jewelry, celluloid toys, PVC fashion dolls, or mid-century kitchen chairs, plastics can be particularly tricky to store and preserve long term.
The quick version:
- Don’t store them in sealed plastic containers or bags
- Store them flat and avoid jostling or temperature fluctuation
- Avoid cleaning with water or other wet solvents. Wipe with a dry micro fiber cloth
- Odor indicates active degradation: sickly sweet “plasticy”/camphor/vinegar
So you’ve inherited family heirlooms. Now what? This post covers the most cost effective supplies to preserve your treasures and the best places in your home to store them. Next week’s post discusses specifics for books, photos, textiles, jewelry and plastics.
If you just want the quick version, remember two things:
- Archival supplies will preserve your treasures. Regular office supplies will destroy them (I’m looking at you, cellophane tape, rubber bands and paperclips).
- Your heirlooms are most comfortable at room temperature.
Want the scenic route version? Buckle up, let’s go! Continue reading
This post answers the question of what happens to stuff when you donate it to a museum. If you missed Collections 101: part 1, quick check it out before you continue with this one. Don’t worry, I’ll wait… Caught up? Okay. The next step in the process is to cart the item downstairs to storage for glamour shots and wrapping. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered, “what happens to an item when I donate it to a museum?” Well, you’re in luck because that’s just what this post is tackling. Take a (geeky and technical, but hopefully not too boring) behind the scenes look at how objects are processed and join the Raupp Museum’s permanent collection and stored for future study and display.
Congress still hasn’t confirmed a new Supreme Court justice to fill Antonin Scalia’s vacancy. It’s a shame Charles Evans Hughes isn’t still around to help sort this mess out.
AP photo from the museum’s collection. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, 1934.
When Charles Evans Hughes joined the Supreme Court in 1910, he had already been a successful lawyer and New York governor. He resigned from the bench to run for president on the Republican ticket in 1916 against Woodrow Wilson. Hughes nearly won, too. A narrow margin of just 4000 votes would have given him California’s electoral votes and the presidency. It was his reputation as a no nonsense, incorruptible man that perhaps gave him an incorrect public image of austerity and aloofness.
Undeterred, he went on to be the secretary of state for Presidents Harding and Coolidge, and a World Court judge. He was confirmed as the Supreme Court Chief Justice by the United States Senate on February 13, 1930. He replaced former President William Howard Taft who oddly appointed Hughes to his first tenure on the Supreme Court (side note: Taft remains the only person to have held both offices of President and Chief Justice).
In his tenure as Chief Justice, Hughes had the distinction of swearing in President Franklin D Roosevelt for all three of his terms in 1933, 1937 and 1941. Other career highlights included assisting the court’s transition from property rights to individual rights and for striking down Roosevelt’s attempt to “pack the court” in 1937. He is remembered as one of the finest justices to sit on the bench.
This image is part of the museum’s permanent collection. Come see this photo and many others in the Archives.