Wednesday, June 20, 2018

So Long, Farewell

Dear Loyal Readers of the Preservation Services at Dartmouth College Blog,

Today we say farewell. This blog has had a good, long run, and we've enjoyed sharing news about our department with you over the last eight years. We will still be posting periodic updates about our activities over on Library Muse, as well as on Instagram (@dartmouthpreservation). We hope you connect with us in one of these places, or contact us directly with questions and musings.

This site will continue to hang around so we can all revisit our favorite posts from years past. Thank you all for following along as we shared our tips and ideas about conservation, digital production, book arts, digital preservation and more!

-Preservation Services at Dartmouth College Library

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Results Are In:

In January and February of 2018, we hosted Amelia Miller, from Bennington College, for her Field Work Term:

In such a short time Amelia learned the essentials of what we do here in the conservation lab as well as fold in some special projects.  She was trained as other Dartmouth students are trained by learning pamphlet binding, reinforced covers, spine repair, wrappers and boxes.

Amelia's hand skills were proficient, her work neat and she learned quickly.  Needless to say, she got a lot of work done.  In addition to the general repairs, I also taught her the basics of a case binding, some non-adhesive structures and a variety of enclosures. 

Amelia showing her set of completed book repairs.

We went on two field trips, one to Carolyn Frisa in Bellows Falls, VT, where she has a paper conservation studio: and the other to Shelburne Museum conservation studio in Shelburne, VT

In the conservation studio at the Shelburne Museum

Having an intern provides an impetus to reach out and explore other areas of conservation both a learning experience for the full-time staff and as an informative venture for the intern.

Amelia's first corrugated clam shell box.

A large wrapper with padded insides.

Housing an artist book.

Amelia and her half style case bound book.

 All in all it was a great experience to host a student for Bennington College's Field Work Term, and I would recommend it for anyone who is able to offer such an opportunity for interested students.

Written by Deborah Howe

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Digital Library Program (DLP) Project Update

New Projects



This eBook consists of the full text, including illustrations, of the Three Monks multimedia courseware.  The universal appeal of the story of the Three Monks endures even without the courseware's audiovisual components, as the eBook extracts from the courseware, in essence, all that can be presented in words and still images. 2010.

Ongoing Projects


The 2018 Dartmouth Winter Carnival Poster, by Regina Yan, Dartmouth Class of 2019, is now available to view in Digital by Dartmouth, the library's digital collections.
See the poster HERE
Visit the Dartmouth Winter Carnival Posters site to view all 96 posters from 1911 to the present.

New Ebooks

The Digital Publishing Program has a growing collection of open access books in electronic format, including novels and scholarly works.  Our books can be downloaded directly from the library website.  They are available to read online or as downloads in PDF, mobi, or epub.  Currently there are over fifty titles in our collection.  View the entire collection HERE.



A pioneer study of the seven dramatic works produced in China between the years of 1964 and 1966, this pamphlet focuses on the Chinese communist literary and art theory at that time, when theatrical productions and personnel were treated more or less the same as industrial or agricultural outputs and factory or farm workers, in terms of managerial control.  It traces the origin and development of the term "yang-pan" 样板 ("yangban" in pinyin, meaning "template") from agricultural to dramatic productions, and describes the political and ideological background against which the seven "model" dramas (five Beijing operas and two ballet dance-dramas) came into being.  Based on the limited Chinese source materials available to the West in the early 1970s, it also provides scene-to-scene synopses of each of the seven dramas. 1973.



The creation and processing of visual representations in the life sciences is a critical but often overlooked aspect of scientific pedagogy.  The Educated Eye follows the nineteenth-century embrace of the visible in new spectatoria, or demonstration halls, through the twentieth-century cinematic explorations of microscopic realms and simulations of surgery in virtual reality, 2012. 



Finding Augusta breaks new ground, revising how media studies interpret the relationship between our bodies and technology.  This is a challenging exploration of how, for both good and ill, the sudden ubiquity of mobile devices, GPS systems, haptic technologies, and other forms of media alter individuals' experience of their bodies and shape the social collective.  The author succeeds in problematizing the most salient fact of contemporary mobile media technologies, namely, that they have become, like highways and plumbing, an infrastructure that regulates habit, 2014. 



Ward contends that the ethical challenges with which performance art confronts its viewers speak to the reimagining of the audience, in terms that suggest the collapse of notions like "public" and "community", 2012. 

Featured Collections


Vilhjalmur Stefansson was an Arctic explorer, promoter, and teacher who made expeditions above the Arctic Circle between 1906 and 1918.  Documentation from these explorations including diaries, notes, scientific experiments, letters, and photographs [see finding aid for the Stefansson Papers].  The Stefansson collection of photographs consists of over 1,200 black and white images primarily from the Canadian Arctic Expedition (1913-1918).  Images dating between 1913 and 1916 were taken by C.A.E. photographer Sir George Hubert Wilkins.  A descriptive finding aid is also available for the photographs.  Stefansson also lectured internationally on the subject of Arctic exploration and culture, using this collection of over 700 lantern slides to illustrate his lectures.  Included are images of flora and fauna, landscapes, ice formations, boats, indigenous housing, clothing, hunting and fishing practices, as well as many individuals.  In addition, there are some slides from Stefansson's 1923 trip to Australia and French Polynesia, and images of Stefannson teaching in Dartmouth College's Northern Studies Program.  For more Stefansson materials, please see The Encyclopedia Arctica.

Written by Bill Ghezzi


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Bridal Veil Falls

During the winter months hiking changes a bit for me.  The longer, difficult climbs to the great lookouts or mountaintops take a backseat to more moderate inclines and woodsy walks that might not be so bearable in summer months (i.e. mosquitoes, yuck).  Bridal Veil Falls is one of those hikes.  The falls are on the northern end of the Cannon Mt./Kinsman Ridge range just to the west of the Appalachian Trail.

Starting in a small parking area at the beginning of Coppermine Rd. in Franconia, NH (1 mile south of the Franconia Airport on Rt. 116), the trail follows a private road via hiking signs until it veers into
the woods after about a quarter mile walk (no hiker vehicles allowed beyond parking area).  The hike is an easy grade, following an old logging road through the woods behind a new home development, before moving deeper into the old growth forest and then paralleling the Coppermine Brook as you get closer to the falls.  Here the easy grade becomes a bit more difficult, but never too steep.  The landscape change is noticeable with steep walls building up on both sides of the brook, starting perhaps a half mile from the destination.  Since my hike was done in the winter months, micro-spikes were very necessary on the well used trail especially as the ice begins to show up as you approach the brook and at the actual falls.

After crossing a wooden footbridge 0.2m below the falls, the path becomes more rugged and rocky as
you make your way past a small lean-to at the base of the falls area.  A hearty young gentleman was staying the night there even though the temperatures were going to be in the single digits that night.  Why?  I'm not sure.

My first impression of the horseshoe shaped ravine was that of amazement and awe.  The ice flowed over the edges on all sides of the ravine and hung in some spots at 30-40 feet displaying many colors and shapes.  At this point, I'll let my photo's do the talking and see if they encourage all to get out to this wonderful spot in the cheap seats.  Enjoy!

Written by Brian Markee