By Jeffrey S. Reznick ~ David J. Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian and a board-certified cardiologist, recently honored the National Library of Medicine (NLM) with
This collection of arsenic-laden wallpaper samples required special housing. NLM conservators encapsulated the pages in polyester film, welded shut with support from Smithsonian Libraries…
By Laura McNulty, Holly Herro and Kristi Wright ~ Have you noticed that books bound before the mid-19th century are in better condition than those
By Stephen J. Greenberg ~ Last month, on February 7, 2019, forty-five members of the Washington Conservation Guild (WCG) held their floating monthly meeting in
By Jeffrey S. Reznick and Ken Koyle ~ This is the first post in a series of nine which serializes the new book US National
Superstitions about black cats are common even today and are reinforced especially during Halloween. For instance, folklore tells us that if a black cat crosses your path, bad luck is sure to follow. But appearances are deceiving.