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Preservation Services Remodeled, Receives Extra 180 Square Feet

A former storage room in Olin Library is now part of the Preservation Services facility.

A former storage room in Olin Library is now part of the Preservation Services facility.

When one of Olin Library’s books becomes tattered or torn, Preservation Services helps restore the book, making it again available for circulation.

In April, the one-room shop located in Olin’s basement received its own facelift.

“We outgrew the space that we had,” explains Michaelle Biddle, head of preservation services. “Our carpet was saturated with dirt and mold, and we needed more space and better lighting.”

The renovation included removing a wall between Preservation Services and a storage room formerly used by Special Collections and Archives. The storage area was merged with the current preservation lab, adding an additional 180 square feet to the working area.

The lab received new paint, new lighting and a Scottish tile floor. The project was funded by the Adelphic Education Fund.

Biddle works in the lab with between five student preservation technicians. She will be hiring eight students for the 2009-10 academic year.

“We now have wonderful light, cleanliness and enough space to be organized,” Biddle says. “Our productivity is up by over 100 percent compared to last year because we can now work on several different projects simultaneously.”

Preservation Services, established in 1999, restores books that have torn binding or pages, mold, page staining, and defacing. The department helps maintain the library’s collections, to ensure their availability to users, and to make items available in different formats when the originals are no longer useful because of severe deterioration of paper or bindings.

Davenport to Re-Open with Public Life, Writing Centers

At left, Scott Martin, superintendent of PAC Group LLC in North Haven, Conn. discusses floor plans with Alan Rubacha, construction services consultant, inside the former Davenport Campus Center on March 16.The building is undergoing an interior remodeling project and will re-open as The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life for the Fall 2009 semester.

At left, Scott Martin, superintendent of PAC Group LLC in North Haven, Conn. discusses floor plans with Alan Rubacha, construction services consultant, inside the former Davenport Campus Center on March 16.The building is undergoing an interior remodeling project and will re-open as The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life for the Fall 2009 semester.

1873 Class Album Returns to Wesleyan

Valerie Gillispie, assistant university archivist at Wesleyan University, flips through the pages of a class photo album dated 1873. A gentleman from Newark, Del. found the album in a pile of books and donated it back to Wesleyan this month. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Valerie Gillispie, assistant university archivist at Wesleyan University, flips through the pages of a class photo album dated 1873. A gentleman from Newark, Del. found the album in a pile of books and donated it back to Wesleyan this month. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

When John Chambless was rummaging through a pile of old books at his mother’s home in Newark, Del., one mammoth album with an ornate and intertwined “WU” stuck out. Curious, he opened it up and discovered an album containing more than 50 black and white hand-laid photos of students, staff and campus buildings dated 1873.

Intrigued by the mysterious book that lacked attribution, Chambless began a series of internet searches in attempt of finding the book’s origin.

Wesleyan’s Alsop House Named National Landmark

The historical Alsop House - now the Davison Art Center -

The historical Alsop House - now the Davison Art Center - was designated a national historic landmark.

The Davison Art Center/Richard Alsop IV House, located at 301 High Street in Middletown, was designated a national historic landmark in January. The site was recognized for its role in U.S. history.

The landmark was suggested by the National Park System’s advisory board and designated by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.

The historic Alsop House is a distinguished architectural monument of the pre-Civil War period. The lot was acquired in 1835 and the house was built between 1838-1840 by Richard Alsop IV, son of the poet and “Hartford wit,” Richard Alsop III. Originally built for Alsop’s widowed mother, Maria Pomeroy Alsop Dana, the house remained in the Alsop family (although not occupied by them for a number of years) until 1948. In that year, it was purchased by Wesleyan with funds given by Harriet and George W. Davison, class of 1892.