JAMES REID-CUNNINGHAM

Flat paper conservation services are provided for
maps, prints, broadsides, archival documents, and family papers.

The conservation treatments illustrated below demonstrate flat paper work varying from simple stabilization to acqueous treatments, humidification, and stain reduction techniques.

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J. G. Bruff, Army Map of the Seat of War in Virginia, 1862.

This Civil War era map was creased and distorted, with many small tears and losses.

After washing in de-ionized water and local mending of tears,
the map is brighter and may be safely handled or exhibited.

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Charles Turner and William Say, The Dilettanti Society, London, 1821, mezzotint.

This print was mended in the past on the verso with brown packing tape, visible at the top.
The print was browned overall to a very dark tone.

After surface cleaning and washing in de-ionized water, the print shows a marked improvement in color.

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Map of the Old Colony Railroad and Connections, Boston, c. 1889.

This map was printed on extremely thin paper,
and was very brittle with several small losses.

After washing in de-ionized water, the map
was lined with long-fibered tissue
using wheat starch paste.

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This broadside printed in 1825 was folded, soiled, and extensively torn.

After being cleaned of surface dirt, the folds were moistedned with a local application of de-ionized water, followed by drying between blotters under weights. The tears were mended with long-fibered tissue.

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These early 20th century Chinese manuscripts and documents were rolled so tightly that they could not be unrolled.

After humidification followed by flattening between blotters, the manuscripts were mended with long-fibered tissues, ensuring that the documents can be safely handled by readers.

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