Manuscripts made of loose parchment and/or vellum

Air Drying Procedures:

  • Collection items in this category should be handled by staff (or a conservator) trained in the recovery of these materials.
  • Use controlled drying methods for parchment and vellum to avoid severe distortions and shrinkage.
  • If inks are insoluble, lightly blot items with absorbent material.
  • Dry materials between non-absorbent sheets or sandwiched between blotters, with a light-to-moderate weight board on top.