New Case

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.)

Treatment criteria:

* text block is of stitched construction

* structure, materials, and condition of text block suitable for re-binding, but…

* case not suitable for further circulation, due to wear and/or damage, and…

* case to text block attachment not intact, super torn (any, at all), and sometimes…

* boards completely detached

Tools and materials used in this treatment


board shear
finishing press
standing press
glue brush
bone folder
ruler or straight edge
and sometimes:
heated microspatula and fume hood


binders board
PVA mixture
methyl cellulose
text weight paper
newsprint or similar scrap paper
linen thread
cotton twine
waxed paper
cotton backliner or other acceptable super cloth
hinge cloth

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. There are a few examples in the "Treatment criteria" paragraph above.

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