Here are some recent videos that have been brought to my attention – they may be relevant to your interests!
- Atelier: Ex Libris
“As a bookbinder and manuscript restorer specializing in medieval bindings it is a joy for me, now and then, to make small versions of historical bindings for myself or for treasured friends, as in fact, this one is. I decided to make this clip as the most beautiful part of the book is not what you see (as is usually the case) but what is hidden in countless hours of work underneath the surface which you will never see. The work, seen and unseen, took approximately 50 hours.
The clip will take you through all of the steps from just after the paper was painstakingly torn individually and laid into quires to the completion of the clasps. It is modelled after a 15th Century Gothic binding.”
- PBS’s American Experience: “A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story“
This originally aired on Feburary 23rd, but you can watch the whole thing online right now! It includes archival materials from the Center for American History and the Benson Latin American Collection. At least a couple of Kilgarlin students have worked for the Benson, including the talented Sarah Norris. In addition, many other students have done treatments on items from the Center for American History. Also, this episode is narrated by Edward James Olmos, aka Admiral Adama from Battlestar Galactica, aka star of the most-awesome-film-about-a-math-teacher, “Stand and Deliver“.
- Drop-lining of the big, stinky map of Evanston
While interning at the Northwestern University Library, I’ve had the pleasure of working on not only the oldest, but also the largest and stinkiest map of Evanston I’ve ever had the (mis)fortune to smell. This map was not only filthy (dirt, insects AND bird poop), it was varnished, lined and shattering like Blagojevich’s political career. Special Collections conservator Susan Russick (also a Kilgarlin alum) has been leading the treatment, and after we washed the map, she taught me how to do a “drop lining” using a stick and a pasted-up sheet of Japanese tissue. That’s her climbing onto the table, since I am too short to lift the stick up high enough to get the tissue onto the table all the way.
ATTENTION: if anyone has any videos they’d like to have thrown onto the great stage that is the internet, PLEASE send them to me, or post a comment.