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Phase Box

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

Drop Spine Box

Drop Spine Box with Interior Cradle

Corrugated Clamshell Box

Flat Paper


Oversized Prints and Drawings

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."



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

Click on the link below the to view the 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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