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Silver Pitchers: and Independence, a Centennial Love Story - a collection of short stories by Louisa May Alcott

Thu, 02 Mar 2023 16:11:00 +0000


Special Collections and University Archives received a wonderful gift from Judith Fetterley, a first edition copy of Silver Pitchers: and Independence, a Centennial Love Story by Louisa May Alcott published by Roberts Brothers in Boston, 1876.

Conservator Audrey Sage was able to put a plan into action to provide some repair and restoration to this wonderful book. Part of the original spine was missing and the original text block spine adhesive was failing leaving the text block at risk for damage and deterioration.  

 The  first step was to carefully remove the remaining spine adhesive. This was able to be accessed due to the damage of the cover cloth.  Once the old adhesive was removed, I was able to apply a layer of new starch paste and a protective piece of 18 gram Kozo Japanese paper.  This creates a strong and supportive layer for the textlbock signatures.  The next action was to create a paper hollow along the spine.

Sage was then able to carefully lift the original cloth from the cover boards in order to insert a new spine substrate to recreate and reform the cloth covering.  This piece is constructed through the lamination of a layer of linen cloth and a toned piece of Moriki Japanese paper. 

This new spine piece was inserted and formed around the book and then what remained of the original spine was adhered to this piece. 

Damaged corners were repaired, pages were surface cleaned, interior hinges were mended, and finally the book is ready to be returned to the Special Collections.  It is now more secure and easier to use and view with these archival mends in place.

New DVDs at UNCG

Check-in to see which new DVDs are hitting the shelves in Jackson Library!

New DVDs

Mon, 06 Mar 2023 19:51:00 +0000

The lost city 
The unbearable weight of massive talent 

Father Stu 
Downton Abbey. A new era 

The menu 


Special Collections and University Archives

Mountain Cooking by John Parris

Fri, 24 Feb 2023 21:18:21 +0000

by Audrey Sage John Parris was born in Sylva, North Carolina and began writing for the local weekly paper, The Jackson County Journal, at the age of thirteen. He later went on to write as a feature writer in New York, then later in London during World War II for the United Press.  He continued […]

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Trying to Revive Traditions in the 1980s

Wed, 01 Mar 2023 12:00:00 +0000

In its first 75+ years, UNC Greensboro students developed numerous traditions that carried over from year to year. Many of these traditions were tied to a student’s graduating class, with students typically arriving with a particular group of students and then graduating with them four years later. Each class elected class officers and an official […]

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