January 22, 2022

Report: “Rhode Island’s Copies of the Declaration of Independence Were Nearly Destroyed. The State Restored Them. Take a Look”

From The Boston Globe:

After years of being stored in an outdated case, the second printing document itself became fragile and brittle, and was hidden from public view. It wasn’t until 2018, under [RI] Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, who oversees the State Archives, that the document selected to be restored.

The State Archives partnered with the Northeast Document Conservation Center, which “rescues” all sorts of historical records throughout New England. To restore the document, they had to remove the excess lining on the back and the fragments of the document that had been torn off previously had to be matched up like a puzzle.

After 14 weeks of delicate restoration, and at a cost of $16,800, the project was complete.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.