I’ve been doing a lot of tape removal these days. You have to expect a lot of tape when treating plans that the university has been actively using for many decades. I am down to the last of the campus plans, a lovely blueprint entitled The Suggested Arrangement of Campus in 1916, which came with thirty-three not so lovely pieces of tape on the back of it. Just as I was seeing the light at the end of that tunnel, Special Collections sent over a pile of books with holding information taped to the inside covers.
This month’s quiz is more of a question than a quiz. I’m curious to know how much time you think it would take a new conservator to remove the holding information from eleven books versus how much time it would take her to remove an eleven-centimeter piece of tape from an old blueprint. Guesses are more than welcome.