"Board Transplant"

Images and text by Garry Harrison,
Head, Circulating Collections Conservation,
Indiana University Libraries

Web design by Jake Nadal,
former Head, Preservation Department,
Indiana University Libraries



(Click on this image to begin slide show.)

This is not an often-performed treatment. Over the course of the past several years, we have only performed it a few times. The reason is that the problem it deals with is not a common one. Due to its connotations in the field of surgery, the term "transplant" may suggest this to be a major treatment to remedy serious damage. However, the "board transplant" is actually a fairly quick treatment that offers an effective solution to a relatively minor problem.

Treatment criteria:

One or both boards of the case have been bent to the point of forming a crease in the board. The cover material is intact; only the board needs replaced.

Tools and materials used in this treatment


ruler or straight edge
glue brush
standing press or
flat boards and weights


binder's board
PVA mixture
text weight paper

Using the Manual

To facilitate convenient navigation and use, the procedural parts of this manual are presented in slide show form. As you can see above, clicking on the image shown on each treatment's front page begins the slide show.

Here are the navigational options within each slide. To view this information in illustrated form see the map image below.

Each slide offers the following capabilities:

* Thumbnail images of the entire treatment procedure are in a vertical column to the left. The progression is downward, beginning at the top and ending at the bottom. By clicking on any of these images, you can go to that point in the procedure.

* Clicking on any page's main image opens a larger version of the image in a separate window.

* Button links are provided to return to this page, to go to the next and previous slides in the series, and to go to the complete table of contents for the entire manual.

* The text is dotted with links to tools, materials, glossary terms, and other treatments. Linked text is gray in color and turns red when the pointer encounters it.

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