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Library of Congress senior paper conservators Sylvia R. Albro and Holly H. Jefferson incorporated them into his own papers because he recognized their great historic value. This essay by Sylvia R. Krueger, Senior Paper Conservators at the Library of Congress, tells the remarkable story of how these records were rescued from disintegration and suggests some of the many ways in which the physical conservation of historic documents is vital to the acquisition and preservation of historical knowledge.

Winter Dating from the early seventeenth century, the records are the earliest manuscript sources in the Library of Congress dealing with English settlements in the New World. The ultimate success of the Jamestown colony led to the establishment of the colony of Virginia, the largest and arguably the most important colony in British North America, and for that reason the records are a critical primary source for early American history. The story told by the Jamestown Records, presented to the general public for the first time through The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congressis an important one.

Another story, no less important, tells how the Library acquired these papers and the efforts it has made to restore and preserve them. This essay describes the history of the Jamestown Records themselves and explains how they were treated by the Library of Congress Conservation Division. When they were brought to the attention of the Conservation Division inthe Jamestown Records were in poor physical condition. There were two bound volumes and two hundred loose leaves dating from the early seventeenth century, all of which had been part of the personal library of Thomas Jefferson.

For seventy years the collection had been stored in poor-quality acidic boxes, with the loose sheets interleaved with brittle paper and woodpulp board and tied up with string. The seventeenth-century script was difficult for an untrained eye to read and the papers displayed alarming damage from the conditions of their storage. They were soft and moldy, the ink had blurred and in some cases gotten wet, most of the sizing had deteriorated, and any original bindings had disappeared.

In such a state the papers could not be safely handled. A microfilm made in was available to readers, but the originals languished. The Manuscript Division requested that the condition of the papers be evaluated for their long-term preservation and that the stability of the collection be improved for limited handling by scholars and for exhibition use. It is a wonder that any originals from Jamestown survived at all given the continual conflicts the settlers experienced with Native Americans and the fact that both the palisade fort and the church where other papers and books were kept burned to the ground several times during the seventeenth century 1.

Yet Single women seeking women in Jamestown Virginia precious collection of papers, fragments though they are, was saved by a series of prominent Virginian political figures. The earliest surviving information about their condition is a description written by William Stith, an early historian of Virginia who wrote of these same papers in ".

Stith was able to persuade the government of Virginia to make transcripts of the papers as a preservation measure these transcripts are also in the collections of the Library of Congress but seems not to have treated the original papers. InThomas Jefferson, who had purchased the loose Jamestown papers as part of the library of Peyton Randolph and the two bound Court Books from the collection of William Byrd, said that "I found the leaves so rotten as often to crumble into dust on being handled; I bound them, therefore together, that they might not be unnecessarily opened; and thus have preserved them forty-seven years.

Not all of the papers were bound, however, when they passed into the collections of the Library of Congress shortly thereafter. During the nineteenth century, a series of prominent scholars of early American history tried to persuade the federal government to publish and care for the papers, but to no avail. A memorandum written in to the Librarian of Congress by John C. Fitzpatrick, assistant chief of the Library's Manuscript Division, describes the papers as "tattered, worn with age, and rotted with mildew," and asks that the "privilege of consulting them be withheld in every case but the most exceptional one.

Kingsbury, a professor of economic history trained at Columbia University who was hired by the Library to transcribe and publish the papers. In an ambitious and painstaking project that occupied the next thirty years, Kingsbury edited the four-volume Records of the Virginia Company of London,which transcribes both the Library's papers and many others relating to the Jamestown settlement in public and private collections in England. Some of Jefferson's bindings were evidently taken apart during this time, and the two volumes of the Court Book were rebound into buckram-covered library-style bindings retaining only the leather title from the covers.

The Librarian of Congress at the time, Herbert Putnam, said of Berwick that he was "undoubtedly the foremost expert in the country and one of the leading experts of the world in work of this character. The annual report of the Librarian of Congress in describes the silking process in the following manner:.

The paper is first dampened. Mending is then done using handmade paper, beveling and scraping the edges. The patch is held in place with flour paste and the manuscript is then pressed again. A covering of fine silk crepeline is pasted on each side of the manuscript and the manuscript is pressed again and mounted for filing. In a later article, Berwick outlines an additional washing step that required the document to be immersed in warm water and heavily pressed before silking.

It is curious that only about half the loose papers were silked; other s remained in the precarious state described so aptly two hundred years earlier, and the Court Book volumes were not silked. Berwick died inbefore Kingsbury's last two volumes of Virginia Company papers were published.

Because the unsilked loose sheets come from this last published group, it is certainly possible that Berwick restored the papers in groups in response to deadlines for transcription and publication. The Manuscript Division correspondence of the time refers to the overwhelming body of work to be done and the very small staff available to do it.

Despite these efforts, the condition of the Jamestown Records evidently remained a concern. A note in the storage box by manuscript curator Thomas P. Martin, datedindicates that manuscripts were not to be sent to the Photoduplication Service for routine reproduction because of the fragility of the documents and their great value to the Library. Thus, the Jamestown Records arrived Single women seeking women in Jamestown Virginia the Conservation Division for evaluation in The division was determined to complete the task of preserving the papers before the celebration of the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown settlement in Their first task was to examine the documents' physical condition.

Conservation staff found that the paper used in the Virginia Company Records is almost exclusively of one type. It is a fine quality writing paper, uniform in fiber distribution and relatively free of clumps and inclusions. In the undamaged central portions of a few documents, the paper is still a creamy white. Fiber analysis confirms the paper to be composed primarily of linen. The water mark is a grape cluster with initials very similar to those found in papers made in the central region of France at the end of the fifteenth century.

The outside dimensions of the papers are consistent with the French Grand Raisin: 46 x Each currently measures half of this folio-size sheet, taking into the trimming received over the years during binding and rebinding. These findings are consistent with what is known about English importation of foreign papers, especially from France, during the first half of the seventeenth century.

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In contrast to the consistency of the paper, several distinct inks are evident in this set of records. Seventeenth-century writing relied almost exclusively on irongall inks. The color of an irongall ink is, in part, a function of variables in the original formula. Those inks that turn brown have been shown to indicate an original formulation that contains too much iron II sulfate in proportion to the gallic acid.

One ounce of copperas, and a quart of the commings off strong ale. Put all these together and stirr them 3 or 4 times a day--about 14 dayes then strein it through a cloth. Clues to the proportions in the original recipe lie not only in the present color of an ink but in the degree of its deterioration.

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William Barrow found in his study of American colonial inks that a black color was a good indicator of an ink's destructive power on paper. He observed that those "inks which remained black are far more acidic than those which had turned brown. Ink preparation was considered one of the seventeenth-century housewife's duties, and most period cookbooks include two or three recipes for it. It is tempting to imagine colonial women concocting ink by adding exotic materials found in the New World such as "Musquaspenne," or bloodroot, which Captain John Smith reported was a colorant in body ornamentation highly prized by the Powhatan Indians.

Nevertheless, the unusual ink color, discoloration, and solubility on some of the Jamestown Records sheets have prompted testing. X-ray fluorescence identified iron and calcium in all samples tested and copper and calcium in some. Spot tests confirmed the presence of iron. Another influence on the ultimate color and aging characteristics of inks may be the container in which the ink was stored.

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Caniperius, the leading ink chemist of the seventeenth century, recommends storing ink in a lead container in order to deepen the color. While no ink traces were found in the container, its recovery does suggest that the Jamestown settlers followed Caniperius's recommendations.

However, Library of Congress scientists identified no lead in the six Manuscript Division documents that they analyzed. The Jamestown Records display interesting discoloration patterns consistent with storage in a wet and humid environment. All the papers show evidence of exposure to water in its liquid form, which caused a once-soluble component of the ink to dissolve and spread throughout the wet area generally. This displaced ink does not respond to water in the same way today, suggesting that a chemical alteration has taken place in the past three hundred years.

The areas that were obviously wet are considerably softer that the central portion of the s. In addition, advanced paper deterioration and pink stains in these areas evince mold growth. Ink deterioration also follows the usual patterns for irongall inks.

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