Preservation Enclosures Live, Online Course Taught by Rebecca Elder, Cultural Heritage Preservationist – Course is Full

Preservation Enclosures Live, Online Course Taught by Rebecca Elder, Cultural Heritage Preservationist
Course is Full.  

Preservation enclosures don’t have to be complicated. Join us to learn four easy enclosures that will be useful in any museum, archive or library. This live, online course taught by Rebecca Elder, Cultural Heritage Preservationist, is comprised of four sessions, each on a different type of enclosure. Materials to complete a sample enclosure of each type will be mailed to participants in advance.

The Preservation Enclosures Live, Online Course is FREE to attend, but interested individuals must complete an application for registration and commit to attending all four of the live, online course sessions. Only one person from an institution may register and the institution must be a museum, archive or library located in Oklahoma. Participants will receive a toolkit and materials in advance of the course to complete a sample enclosure of each enclosure type. Participants will keep the toolkit at the end of the course. Failure to attend a course session, may result in loss of FREE registration and a charge of $50.

The live, online course will be offered twice. The first offering is on Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 and the second offering is on Fridays, May 7, 14, 21, 28. Participants must select to attend either the Wednesday or Friday course offering. Each course session will take place at 9:00am-10:30am on the dates listed. There is a limit of 8 participants for each course. Registration is full.  Course questions should be directed to Jan Davis at or 405.522.3191.

Preservation Enclosures Live, Online Course is being provided by Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Museums Association, and the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, with funding support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The four preservation enclosure topics are:

Surface Cleaning and Encapsulation of Fragile Paper

Do you have documents that are dirty? Brittle and breaking? This workshop will teach you how to safely clean documents in your archives, and protect fragile paper by sandwiching it between two pieces of Mylar. These are two of the most tried and true preservation techniques for paper materials and in this class, you can learn to perform them yourselves.

Four Flap Enclosure

Small books and objects such as cased images need safe, simple housings that can be created quickly by staff and volunteers. In this workshop we will create a classic four-flap enclosure. Please provide a deck of cards or similarly sized item for this session.

Panorama/Oversized Enclosure

Archives and museums often have oversized objects that do not fit in standard sized file folders. In this class, you will learn to create a custom enclosure that can be used for a flat panoramic print, or similarly oversized object. We will also discuss your options for rolled panoramic prints.

Custom Artifact Box with Dividers

Do you have an odd-sized artifact that needs housing? Or a collection of small items that should be housed together? In this class, we will create an easy, non-adhesive box with interior dividers that can be used for almost any object.

About the Instructor

Rebecca Elder, an experienced cultural heritage preservation consultant who helps clients find practical and achievable solutions to care for their history collections, will be the instructor for the workshops. She collaborates with libraries, museums, archives, municipalities and families to tailor preservation plans to their resources and timelines. In 2014, Rebecca founded Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation to provide preservation advice to clients holding history collections. Rebecca has also worked at Amigos Library Services, the Harvard University Libraries and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

Rebecca is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. She also engages in professional service with the American Institute for Conservation, the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Southwest Archivists, and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.