Conservation: Iron gall ink corrosion

Conservation: Iron gall ink corrosion

DB-0220. It is too late to stabilize the entire area of this ink blot. The iron-containing ink corroded through the paper taking away some of the textual information with it. Conservators will work to identify and stabilize other letters with similar challenges. Flexing the letters opened and closed causes these brittle areas to become weaker and possibly break away after each use.

Conservation: Iron gall ink corrosion

Conservation: Iron gall ink corrosion

DB-0178. The repairs on this letter will be threefold: stabilize the corroding ink rusting through the paper in the shape of the words, mend torn away areas of the paper containing textual information, and in this case, bits of the wax seal.

Conservation: Iron gall ink corrosion

Conservation: Iron gall ink corrosion

DB-0998. The missing words along the letter folds happens when the ink rusts and burns the paper fibers causing "lacing". Manuscripts in this collection with this type of damage will need to be statabilized before the papers can be opened and digitized for access.