A Peek Inside the National Archives Conservation Lab

The Conservation Lab at the National Archives is one of the world’s premier document preservation laboratories. Paper conservator Annie Wilker demonstrates various techniques employed to preserve damaged documents and prepare them for exhibit at the National Archives. Wilker repaired an 18th-century illustrated family document in the holdings of the National Archives, one of more than a hundred such documents — or frakturs — in the collection. The document records the marriage of John Tomlin and Jane Chamblin of Virginia, and the births of their five children: George, Elizabeth, William, Reuben and Mary.


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