Handwritten Italian in the days before the printing press

Il Decamerone: an Italian classic in Special Collections

April 26, 2018

Printed in 1555, this book was brought to the Preservation unit for a new enclosure, but, while here, we discovered a beautiful handwritten page in the middle of the binding. Talk about penmanship goals! It’s even more impressive when you consider that the book is only around 5” tall! Want...

1871 Ethiopian Magic Scroll is made of very tightly bound goat skin and handwritten in red and black ink

From the Archives and Preservation: 1547 Land Deed

April 25, 2018

This handwritten land deed from the 16th century came through the Preservation unit to have a new custom box created. The 1547 deed for parcels of land in England was sealed with a seal as big as our Conservator’s hand. Want a closer look? Materials like this are available to...

Closeup on Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln's signatures on a land dead from Special Collections

Abe Needed Mary's Signature, and the Deed Needed Preservation

April 24, 2018

The CU Boulder Archives are part of a larger department, which includes CU's Special Collections and Preservation units. We work very closely with our wonderful colleagues in the other units and, as part of our ode to Preservation Week, will be featuring a few stories of projects between the units...

A large negative that will be digitized after being cleaned and restored a bit by preservation.

The Role of Preservation

April 23, 2018

Throughout our series, 100 Stories for 100 Years from the CU Boulder Archives, you have seen a lot of photos from our collections, but not all of the photos in our collections are in such great condition. Due to chemical processes and variables outside of our control, some styles of...

Hillary Morgan from CU Boulder Preservation, repairs a torn map.

Happy Preservation Week!

April 22, 2018

What is Preservation Week? Memories and treasures should last beyond our lifetime and be passed on for other generations to learn from and enjoy. Preservation Week is an opportunity to inspire the preservation of collections. Also, the week-long campaign aims to raise awareness of the role libraries play in providing...

Detail of map

A Century of Views of Colorado: 1820-1920

Feb. 8, 2018

The Friends of the CU Boulder Libraries invite you to their Spring Treasures event, A Century of Views of Colorado: 1820-1920, March 8, 5:30 p.m. in Benson Earth Sciences. You may recognize our guest presenter, Christopher W. Lane, from his regular appearances as a print and map appraiser for public...