I have yet to encounter someone who doesn’t know of the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. While you may not have seen it, you’ve almost assuredly heard of it. The film follows five teenagers on their way to visit a desecrated grave when they pick up a hitchhiker. They find themselves at the hitchhiker’s family home where they are thrust into a world of terror. The hitchhiker is the brother of a chainsaw wielding, cannibalistic serial killer called Leatherface, a name born from his grisly habit of creating and wearing flesh masks from his victims. [Read more…] about Preserving a Texas villain: Leatherface
Conservators Olivia Primanis and Kimberly Kwan of the book and paper lab and Diana Diaz of the photography lab talk about the tools that make their work possible, from the esoteric and vintage to the commonplace and modern.
As an English student at Florida A&M University, I was attracted to this internship because it granted me an opportunity to really explore an archival library. [Read more…] about A day in my life as a preservation and conservation intern
People often associate glove-wearing with the handling of old or rare book and paper materials. [Read more…] about Gloves: to wear or not to wear?
Make-do repairs helped preserve the history of vaudeville
Rare sound recordings to be preserved and made accessible with grant
For the first time, sound recordings documenting the work and lives of notable cultural figures such as Julia Alvarez, Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Norman Bel Geddes, Norman Mailer, Anne Sexton, and Gloria Swanson will be publicly available for research. [Read more…] about NEH helps to break the sound barrier