JAIC 1990, Volume 29, Number 2, Article 1 (pp. 97 to 115)
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Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
JAIC 1990, Volume 29, Number 2, Article 1 (pp. 97 to 115)

THE EXAMINATION AND CONSERVATION TREATMENT OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HARKNESS 1531 HUEJOTZINGO CODEX

SYLVIA RODGERS ALBRO, & THOMAS C. ALBRO


ABSTRACT—This article describes the technical examination and conservation treatment of an important manuscript from post-conquest Mexico that contains eight fold-out Indian pictographs from Huejotzingo on native papers. Examination includes a study of the native Indian and western papers, inks, pigments, sewing structure, collation, and format. Conservation treatment of the text includes disbinding, treatment of the text with nonaqueous deacidification, reversal of silking, mending, and rebinding. Treatment of the Indian drawings includes consolidation, flattening, and mending. An adaptation of the traditional technique of Mexican papermaking is used for mending the drawings. A study of early 16th–century bindings at the Archivo General de la Nación in Mexico City is used to aid in the design of the new binding for the Library of Congress manuscript.

Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. CONDITION PRIOR TO TREATMENT
3. MANUSCRIPT TEXT
4. SILKED PAGES
5. CONSIDERATION OF TREATMENT OPTIONS
6. DOCUMENTATION
7. TREATMENT OF THE MANUSCRIPT TEXT
8. TREATMENT OF THE SILKED PAGES
9. REBINDING
10. TREATMENT OF THE DRAWINGS
a: Notes , Materials , References , Author Information
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