Archival Quality Box Making

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Stanchion piece awaiting rehousing.
Stanchion fragment awaiting rehousing.

From January to April 2014, during the temporary closure of our Wet Lab, we supported an intern in the Dry Lab at the Monitor Center from Christopher Newport University. Jessica was a great temporary addition to the team, full of enthusiasm for the history of USS Monitor and the artifacts we are conserving here. She wrote the following post about one of the primary activities she undertook during her internship.

Hello readers!  My name is Jessica and I’m an intern here in the USS Monitor Center.  I’m here this semester as part of one of my history classes at Christopher Newport University.  I help the conservators with a variety of tasks, but one of the most important things I do here is make archival-quality storage boxes.  Box making may sound easy, but I assure you, it is not.  Precision is key, as these boxes must securely hold and support a variety of artifacts.  Today, I will demonstrate the process with a box I made for a stanchion fragment which would have held up the canvas canopy atop the Monitor’s turret.   Read more