Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Day Job

A recent note from Kirkepiscatoid moves me to post a little about what my day job entails. Of course, like any middle manager, my job entails meetings and reports and seriously boring stuff. I serve as the preservation administrator for the Archives. That entails everything from training folks about to handle our documents, to monitoring temperature/humidity and bugs, to answering queries from the public and local government, to prioritizing things that will come into our conservation lab.

And sometimes it includes way cool stuff, as it did when we did this conservation job in St. Louis on a fine 19th-century architectural drawing. Generally, we bring items into our conservation lab. But this one was just too big and fragile, so we did the conservation work in situ.

Here's where we were working, in a marvelous 1885 conservatory.

First, we had to analyze the drawing and determine an approach to its treatment.

Then we set to work. There were actually three of us working on the drawing, but my two colleagues are profoundly camera-shy, so I'll only post photos of my work.

We were working in a lovely space with lovely natural lighting. This building had originally been a conservatory, so it had a lot of natural lighting. In the room where we worked, the windows were particularly lovely.

It's not often that we get fun jobs like this!


Blogger Ann said...

Nice- thanks for showing and telling us more about your work.

10/28/2008 10:18 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

It only seemed fair.

10/28/2008 10:29 PM  
Blogger Kirkepiscatoid said...

now that IS a cool gig!

10/29/2008 2:46 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Yeah, sometimes it's very fun.

10/29/2008 9:36 PM  

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