Conservation of the Henry Clinton papers (1736-1850), Volume 85
James L. Kochan
IN HONOR OF
Brian L. Dunnigan
Special Notes About this Grouping
The Clinton Papers are an incredible resource to study military thinking in action. Volume 85 includes two versions of a document relating to the capture of enslaved people and provisions from plantations. Reading which phrases were crossed out and what language was ultimately used, scholars get a close look at how top military figures were making decisions on the ground. In the same volume, a group of war widows petition the British for support, calling our attention to how the collection tells many stories at once—from leaders developing their strategies to everyday people who felt the impact of the war.
The Henry Clinton Papers are currently housed in custom boxes and folders made for the collection in the mid 20th century. Each individual manuscript is tipped onto larger, acidic heavy stock paper and enclosed in its own acidic folder. In order to digitize the collection and assure the long-term safety of the Henry Clinton Papers, the Clements Library will be undertaking a massive re-housing project.
My work will be to de-hinge the Clinton manuscripts and prepare the collection for digitization. With careful conservation techniques, I will remove each and every manuscript from the bound volume into which it is hinged. Then, each manuscript will be put into a labelled folder and box. At this time I will not be removing the hinging tape from each manuscript or repairing tears (those are wet treatments each requiring several days to repair and dry properly), as that would slow down the process towards digitization.