Conservation Documentation Archive

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Conservation Documentation Archive

The Conservation Documentation Archive (CDA) is a collection of conservation documentation produced by the Duke University Libraries Conservation Services Department from 1997 to the present day.

The archive contains photographic documentation and written reports that describe the condition of an item prior to treatment and record the conservation treatment procedures carried out. Collection materials are primarily from Duke University Libraries' Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The Conservation Services Department plans to actively add documentation to the archive on an annual basis.

Records in the CDA are organized chronologically in folders that document conservation events (e.g., repair or review for exhibition and loan, etc.) Folders in the CDA can be browsed by date, conservator, and material format; searched by archival collection or imprint title; or searched by keywords relating to the condition, treatment procedures, and workflow associated with the conservation event.

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This project was made possible in part by a 2021 award from the Catalyst Fund at LYRASIS and it was additionally the recipient of the inaugural 2021 Sandy Nyberg Award. The Sandy Nyberg Award recognizes proposals that demonstrate the highest levels of innovation in the areas of preservation, conservation, collections, writing and publishing.