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June 7, 1995

Library of Congress Publishes Guide to Protective Boxes

The Library of Congress recently published Boxes for the Protection of Books: Their Design and Construction, a looseleaf guide for book conservators, museum technicians and library curators who wish to construct protective boxes for items in their collections. Compiled by Lage Carlson, supervisor of the Phased Conservation Section, and other members of the Library of Congress Conservation Office, this edition is a revised and updated version of Boxes for the Protection of Rare Books: Their Design and Construction which was published in 1982.

"Protective boxing continues to be an important and cost- effective strategy in preserving our book collections for future generations," explained Diane Kresh, the library's acting director for preservation. The manual describes the various types of boxes constructed in the Phased Section of the Conservation Office ranging from the simple card box and the polyethylene book jacket to the complex book box with portfolio.

The book also features numerous illustrations by Margaret Brown, senior paper conservator in the Conservation Office, to help the reader follow the step-by-step instructions.

Boxes for the Protection of Books: Their Design and Construction has been published unbound on card stock for insertion into a three-ring binder and is shrink-wrapped for delivery.

The book is for sale from the Superintendent of Documents for $20, New Orders, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA, 15250-7954, Fax (202) 512-2250.

Refer to stock order number: S/N 030-000--00253-9 when ordering and allow four to six weeks for delivery.

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PR 95-089
ISSN 0731-3527

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