On Saturday, April 2nd, I had the pleasure of working at the Hawaiian Historical Society again. I'm grateful to both the UHM Society of American Archivists student chapter, as well as the HHS for organizing these service projects for us. We worked with books from the John Plews Estate, which were donated. These were volumes of Cook's Voyages. We carefully brushed each page of the previously frozen volumes, and used microfiber cloths dipped in isopropyl alcohol to remove any remaining mold. Holding the pages in the sun even briefly dried the alcohol in seconds. It was a nice time, and I have to mahalo Nicki Garces, and Jennifer Higa at the Hawaiian Historical Society!
Today, members from the UHM Society of American Archivists student chapter, went to the Hawaiian Historical Society for a stack cleaning service project. Housekeeping is important for any collection -- dusting and checking for mold and pests helps to preserve the collection, and should be done regularly.
We started out replacing burnt-out fluorescent bulbs (that were 8 feet long!) and applied UV filters to any that needed it. Some bulbs had an existing glass UV filter tube around them, which we simply slid the bulbs in and out of. The UV film sleeves, came rolled up and were wrapped around the bulbs. Read more about the damaging effects of UV light and the importance of applying UV filters to protect your collection(s), at the Northeast Document Conservation Center's website.
While dusting the collection, we checked for signs of mold, or frass (that's bug poops for you non-library peeps). We often found ourselves distracted by the awesomeness of the collection!
A big MAHALO to Nicki and Jennifer from the HHS, who were so thoughtful and fun to work with! They reimbursed anyone who drove for the cost of their metered-parking, and provided a great lunch of Chinese food, and made us take all the leftovers since they said they remembered being starving grad students. lol! I had a great time working with everyone, and such a special collection.
On Friday, August 14th, officers from the UHM Society of American Archivists student chapter (SAAsc), met with Hawaiian Historical Society (HHS) Preservation Librarian - Nicki Garces, and Executive Director - Jennifer Higa, for a tour and discussion about the upcoming Fall 2015 semester. The SAAsc, is fortunate to have the HHS as our sponsor site this semester, and there will be monthly events happening for members of the SAAsc! The HHS is a non-profit organization that provides public access to their library, where anyone interested in researching Hawaii and the Pacific is able to visit. They do welcome donations as well. For more info on the HHS, please visit their website: https://www.hawaiianhistory.org/
The SAAsc is looking forward to working with fellow LIS students, archives professionals, and the HHS this fall! Nicki gave us an awesome tour of their library and showed us so many interesting things.
Some other pictures taken during out visit. It was a great day!
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