Bugs, Mold, and Conservation: How the conservation department at the Ransom Center hunts and destroys bugs and mold in collection materials
Vials of insect specimens are used to teach Ransom Center staff to identify the insects that might damage collection materials. Photo by Pete Smith.
Olivia Primanis reduces mold contamination on a music score with a hepa filtered vacuum cleaner. Equipped with micro tools and adjustable suction, the cleaner is used in a fume hood to decrease exposure to the conservator and the Ransom Center’s environment. Photo by Pete Smith.
Mary Baughman uses tweezers to remove moth cocoons from a hat that is part of the Sir Donald Wolfit collection. The hat was used in productions of Shakespeare’s plays in England, between 1937-1967. Photo by Pete Smith.