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Dust jackets

From: Gregor Trinkaus-Randall <gtrinkaus>
Date: Monday, September 18, 1995
Dina Schoonmaker <dina_schoonmaker [at] qmgate__cc__oberlin__edu> writes

>Has anyone else made a collection of dust jackets removed from
>books? If so, could we receive some pointers on how to proceed.

Besides the fact that often book jackets contain information about
the author and the book that is not present elsewhere, they serve a
preservation function. In the "Wellesley Survey" of public
libraries, Nancy Schrock found that often public library circulating
collections were in better condition than their academic
counterparts.  Part of this is attributable to the age of the
collections, but she mentions also that most public libraries retain
the book jackets on the books.  This practice has resulted in
greater protection to the volumes and less light damage to the
covers.  Nancy might want to comment on this further since I know
she is on the list.
Gregor Trinkaus-Randall
Collection Management/Preservation Specialist
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
648 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215-2070
Fax: 617-421-9833

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