Paste Papers

Modern American Printed Paste Paper by Veronica Ruzicka

In the 16th century books were usually bound in leather or vellum.  Kill the animals and harvest their pelts.  Process the pelts by removing the flesh from one side and the hair from the other.  Scrape them so that they are uniformly thin throughout their surface.  Then tan them so that they can be used for shoes and belts and hats and other things . . . like bookbindings.  Then, if you have the money, decorate the covers with gold or in other ways.  Read more

Thomas Perkins Pingree and the Alabama Claims


Thomas Perkins Pingree (1830-1876) carte de visite, undated

Previously, I wrote about the difficulty in distinguishing family members that have the same name.  The family tree in that post showed four Asas, three Davids, three Thomas Perkins, and 3 Annars.  The recently processed papers of Thomas Perkins Pingree (1830-1876) highlight the problems of distinction not only for me looking back from 2015, but also the confusion it caused among their contemporaries.

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Cataloging the Lynn Museum and Historical Society Collection

Kate Clayborne and Fevie Hernando

Victorian decorative bolt ends in the Lynn Museum and Historical Society collections.

In 2014, the Lynn Museum & Historical Society (LMHS) of Lynn, Massachusetts, chose to place their library and archival collections on deposit here at the Phillips Library. In order to provide better access to these collections, the Library brought in a team from Backstage Library Works to physically process and catalog the materials. As members of this team, we are excited for the opportunity to share a bit about our work with you. Read more