A unique item came to the lab for treatment in April: The Journal of the First Session of the Senate of the United States of America, 1789. Though federal documents are not uncommon in our collection, this book stands out for its age and historical significance. The Senate’s first item of business is of special note:
This book had a common condition problem. Its hinges were broken where they had been repeatedly flexed with use. Rather than apply repair tissue over the top of the hinge, as is a common, quick working method, a more delicate approach was chosen. The leather that covered the spine and boards was carefully lifted and repair tissue was adhered underneath. This created a mend that was less visually intrusive. A drop-spine box was also created. This type of box is typical of special collections materials and helps signify the item’s stature to users.
Since much of TSLAC’s conservation work focuses on 19th century Texas materials, this early American item was a surprise and a treat.