The Digital Restoration department specializes in the restoration and reproduction of sentimental photographs, documents, and books.
Digital restoration is an option often pursued for delicate and damaged sentimental photographs and documents so that they may be handled and put on display. The Center digitally reproduces pieces on archival paper with archival ink, and can provide a wide range of digital storage options. Pieces are scanned in high resolution and faithfully reproduced with exacting detail. For items that are heavily damaged, the Digital Restoration Department can retouch areas of damage to restore the appearance of the original image.
The Digital Restoration Department collaborates with many other departments and often works with our paper and rare books conservators. Sometimes delicate pieces will need to be stabilized prior to being scanned and digitally retouched.
In the case of fragile books, the conservator will carefully unbind the book so that the Digital Restoration Department can then reproduce it. Reproductions of volumes can then be bound by the Rare Books Department, allowing audiences to safely use an exact replica without putting the original at risk.