An initial consultation of 30 minutes is free if the item is left for conservation treatment. If an item is not left for treatment after this meeting, a charge of $45 will apply. Digital photos may be submitted for a free approximation of cost, but the final estimate of cost will only be provided when the item has been examined in person.
All items left for conservation will incur a $75 processing fee which covers a written report and before/after photographs.
- Conservation treatment of books and manuscripts
- Book Repair
- Protective Enclosures
- New Bindings
- Collection Surveys
- Private bookbinding lessons
- Bookbinding and book repair classes
Frequently Asked Questions
A: The American Institute of Conservation (AIC) defines conservation as, "The profession devoted to the preservation of cultural property for the future. Conservation activities include examination, documentation, treatment, and preventive care, supported by research and education." AIC defines restoration as, "Treatment procedures intended to return cultural property to a known or assumed state, often through the addition of non-original material." Conservators will approach treatment from a scientific, materials and aesthetic perspective and strive to perform the least intrusive repairs needed so as not to disturb the intrinsic nature of the object. We use as many reversible treatments and materials as possible and seek to first stabilize objects, then make repairs aesthetically pleasing.