Built-up and Specialty Enclosures

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



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Treatment criteria:

The built-up inner enclosure structure is a good solution for materials of different sizes and shapes which are cataloged together and which must thus be housed together in one common enclosure. The build-up can go in any of the outer enclosure types illustrated here: phase boxes, wrappers, portfolios, or clamshell boxes. The build-up can be of bare board or it can be cloth covered.

Also, we are occasionally called upon to produce enclosures for any variety of materials which require somewhat unusual inner structures. A couple of examples are given.

Tools and materials used in this treatment

(basic build-up)




PVA or
double-sided tape
archival corrugated board

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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