by Michele Brown
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Cornell University’s Division of Rare and Manuscripts Collection has mounted an exhibition of Civil War manuscripts and artifacts.
Our own original copy is currently on display until November 22.
Lance Heidig has been writing an informative blog about the materials in the exhibit.
When the original copy is not on display, a facsimile is in its place. Michele Hamill, Paper and Photo Conservator of the Conservation Unit directed the rehousing and display of both the facsimile and the original. Read her excellent blog posts describing the journey and installation of “our” Gettysburg. Listen to her interview with WHCU.
Before the exhibit was installed, other staff members from the Conservation Unit restored several items now in exhibition cases located in the Rotunda and in front of the Reading Room. Pat Fox constructed the cradles and supports for the materials.
We like our materials to look their best.
Some materials were structurally at risk.
It’s important to retain the original character of the item.
The exhibit will be up until December 22. Please stop by or view the online exhibition.