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Book Housings

Phase Box

See Phase Box

Phase Box Variations

See Phase Box Variations

Clear Spine Wrapper

Andres, Angela M. 2019. "Wrapper With a Clear Spine." Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.
Instructions for constructing 20 point wrappers where the spine is made of polyester, to facilitate browsing or for bound volumes on display.
Andres, Angela M. 2019. "Variation on a Wrapper With a Clear Spine." Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.
A variation on the instructions above, developed for vellum-over-boards bindings. This enclosure features an inner flap that closes over the volume from the fore-edge before the rest of the wrapper is closed. This inner flap helps to discourage the tendency of the vellum-covered boards to warp.

Oversized Books

Book "Sled"

The "sled" is an open-topped housing for an oversized book which is stored flat. It is designed to enable the safe transport of oversized books, and does not add substantial weight to an already heavy object. Inspired by the antiphonary housings at the Newberry Library. See instructions from Ann Lindsey, University of Chicago Library (2019): "'Sled' for 52-Pound Antiphonary".

Drop Spine Box

See Drop Spine Box

Drop Spine Box with Interior Cradle

See Drop Spine Box with Interior Cradle

Corrugated Clamshell Box

See Corrugated Clamshell Box

Flat Paper Housings

See also: Matting and Framing


Oversized Prints and Drawings

See Housing of Oversized Prints and Drawings

Kapteyn, Cynthia and Sonya Barron. 2018. "A Table to Reckon With: Developing a Portfolio Housing Structure for an Oversized Periodic Table."

Photograph Housings


Cased Photograph Housing

Cased Photograph Housing FAMSF.jpg

This housing system:

  • Protects cased photographs.
  • Uses color images in addition to registration numbers on outside of boxes for easy identification, reducing handling and unnecessary opening and closing of boxes.
  • Provides cushioning for earthquake mitigation.

Solander boxes were lined with 1/2" thick ethafoam sheet with cut-outs for individual objects. Custom clamshell boxes were made of acid-free corrugated board by the The HF Group.

Glass Plate Negatives

Upright Housing of Broken Glass Plate Negatives

Glass Plate Neg Housing.jpg

Blog post on the upright housing of broken glass plate negatives at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor: "Mystery Glass Negatives from Land's End"

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