Manuscripts made of loose parchment and/or vellum:

Recovery Priority during the first 24-48 hours:

  • Immediately dry or freeze if there are too many to air dry within 24 hours.
  • Animal skin becomes very limp when moist and gel-like if left wet for too long.
  • Shrinkage and distortions increase with degree of wetness.
  • Extremely wet vellum or parchment may be very fragile, so handle gently with even support.
  • Do not blot or tightly compress items with soluble inks.
  • Do not use absorbent interleaving with soluble media.