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What should I do with this scrapbook?

A couple years ago, I bought a scrapbook from my favorite books-and-ephemera store. It's from Dundee, OH (or nearby) in the late 1880s or early 1890s. The scrapbookist pasted a lot of newspaper clippings, poems, jokes, and eventually obituaries directly into a grammar textbook instead of using an album. The front cover had already come off when I bought it, but the rest of the binding is abused but intact. The glue has wrinkled the pages, but they are not as heavily deteriorated as they might be.

What should I do to preserve this precious nugget of unremarkable culture? Should I:

1. scan all the pages (which will definitely wreck the binding completely)?
2. scan a few pages, but leave the book intact, and transcribe the contents?
3. do something else that I haven't thought of, like donate the scrapbook to a special collection and hope they don't pulp it?
4. stop buying things I don't have room for?

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hafl
Feb. 17th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
2, then 3. Avoid 4 at all costs.
evelyn_b
Mar. 4th, 2014 12:43 am (UTC)
Heh. Thanks. I'm in no real danger of 4, it seems.
jougetsu
Feb. 19th, 2014 05:11 am (UTC)
Is it possible to scan it all and then get it professionally rebound - best of both worlds?
evelyn_b
Mar. 4th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
It might be? I have an appointment to talk to Special Collections at the local uni about it. I suspect the original binding isn't super important, but want to question some archivists first.
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