Preserving the Past

By Kate Pipkin

Pellichero repairs a print of Baltimore

It takes a steady hand and lots of expertise to preserve an old and damaged but historically important print. Just ask Emily Pellichero, this year’s Kress Book and Paper Fellow at Johns Hopkins’ Sheridan Libraries. Working in the Department of Conservation and Preservation, Pellichero meticulously repaired a print of Baltimore, circa 1752, which has been on display at the Homewood Museum. Here, she fills in hairline fractures using a mixture of toasted cellulose powders.

See the before and after of this restoration along with other scenes from
the Department of Conservation and Preservation here: