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Title: When Curator and Conservator Meet: Some issues arising from the preservation and conservation of the Jacques Mosseri Genizah Collection at Cambridge University Library
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Creator: Jefferson, Rebecca and Vince-Dewerse, Ngaio ( Author, Primary )
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Abstract: PowerPoint presentation delivered at the Society of Archivists Annual Conference, Belfast, August 28-31, 2007 by Rebecca Jefferson and Ngaio Vince-Dewerse (conservator at Cambridge University Library)
Acquisition: Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Rebecca Jefferson.
Publication Status: Unpublished
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System ID: IR00003254:00001


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When Curator and Conservator Meet Some issues arising from the preservation and conservation of the Jacques Mosseri Genizah Collection at Cambridge University Library Rebecca Jefferson Ngaio Vince Dewerse Curator Conservator

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Introduction A diorama depicting how material was deposited in the Genizah

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Introduction The Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo

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Background and Content Cambridge scholar Solomon Schechter with the fragments now known as the Taylor Schechter Genizah Collection (before conservation!)

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Background and Content Jacques Mosseri

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Background and Content Entrance to the Genizah in the Ben Ezra synagogue Unearthing Genizah fragments in the Basatin cemetery

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Background and Content C12th fragment from A Guide to the Perplexed Mosseri VIII.35 before conservation An autograph letter of Isaac Luria (11534 1572), a famous Jewish Mystic from Safed

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Background and Content C10th letter from the head of the Iraqi Jewish Academy, Nehemiah Gaon, with his personal seal Mosseri VIII.479 before conservation

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Background and Content Promissory note Mosseri I.6.2 after conservation A Cheque Mosseri IV.61.4 after conservation

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Background and Content Blessing for a boy reading the Torah Mosseri I.10.1 before conservation A doodle Mosseri III.11.4 before conservation

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Physical Description Mosseri I.46.1 before conservation Mosseri I.21.3 before conservation Mosseri I.1 before conservation Paper

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Physical Description Mosseri Xa.4.3 before conservation Mosseri Xa.4.1 before conservation Leather Parchment Mosseri VIII.55 before conservation Textile

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Physical Description Mosseri IV.198 before conservation Mosseri IXa.6.1 11 before conservation Mosseri V.124 before conservation Printed Pigments

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Condition

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Condition Mosseri VIII.472 Mosseri II.19.2 Mosseri III.258.1

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Condition Mosseri III.258.1 2 Mosseri IXa.1.4,7,8

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Condition Mosseri V.278 Mosseri V.128.3 Mosseri III.195.1 Mosseri VIII.451

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Condition Mosseri IXa.1.5 Mosseri IXa.1.26 Mosseri IXa.1.9

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Condition Mosseri III.35 Mosseri V.234.2

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Condition Mosseri I.15

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Dealing with a Collection on Loan Conditions of the Loan the loan of the Collection is for 20 years in the first instance full access to the Collection is provided to readers each fragment is digitised the digitised images are made fully accessible on the Genizah Unit website a current, detailed catalogue of the Collection is created

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Dealing with a Collection on Loan Mosseri I.43 before conservation Mosseri I.43 housed in book after conservation

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Time and Funding The Jacques Mosseri Genizah Collection project on Archives website http://www.bl.uk/about/policies/endangeredarch/reif.html

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Time and Funding Sewing tears in parchment Ironing fragments Taylor Schechter Genizah Collection (1973 1981)

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Time and Funding Current Conservation Practice intrusive treatments avoided all repairs made as reversible as possible historic evidence retained wherever possible structures retained photographic records of fragments before conservation documentation of treatment to each fragment

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Time and Funding Mosseri V.236.3 before conservation Mosseri V.236.3 after conservation

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Time and Funding Mosseri I.X.30.1 before conservation Mosseri I.X.30.1 after conservation

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Time and Funding Mosseri IX.118 before conservation Mosseri IX.118 after conservation

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Time and Funding Mosseri X.37 before conservation Mosseri X.37 after conservation

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Time and Funding Mosseri V.234.2 before conservation Mosseri V.234.2 after conservation

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Mending paper 2.5gsm Japanese paper 50/50 mixture of 3% Dow Methocel A4M methylcellulose and diluted wheat starch paste Time and Funding This is the formula outlined by the staff at the Walters Art Museum in Walters Art for mending paper damaged by prepared for the 2002 IIC meeting held in Baltimore Maryland USA. It is based on a similar process described by Irene Brckle and Sarah Wagner in AIC Book and Paper Group Annual Vol.15, 1996 Remoistenable mending paper, still on polyester carrier, placed over text

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Time and Funding Mosseri V.234.2 showing damaged area after conservation Mosseri V.234.2 showing repair paper applied over damaged area, including text after conservation

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Access and Storage Taylor Schechter Research Genizah Unit website http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/Taylor Schechter

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Access and Storage Curatorial Concerns retention of historic sequence ordered collection security compact and practical storage

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Access and Storage A box of books containing conserved fragments from the Jacques Mosseri Genizah Collection on top of a Taylor Schechter Genizah Collection folder The above folder and one of the books in use Special shelving for the Taylor Schechter folders

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Access and Storage

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Access and Storage The housing of the conserved fragments from the Jacques Mosseri Genizah Collection

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Text versus Object An early witness to the original text: a leaf from Maimonides, Mishneh Torah (Qedushah, Hilkhot Shechitah 14:11 16), dated 1240 AD after conservation

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Text versus Object Such structures would usually have been dismantled during conservation An example of an unconserved manuscript from the Taylor Schechter Collection T S 6K3

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Text versus Object Mosseri VIII.45 A collection of prayers, liturgical poems, laws and customs for burying the dead

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Text versus Object Mosseri I.101 Mosseri III.97 Mosseri VII.190 Mosseri IV.344.1

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Text versus Object Mosseri VI.5 Mosseri VIII.367.1 Mosseri I.104.2 Mosseri VIII.96.1

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Text versus Object Mosseri I.10.2 Mosseri I.92 Mosseri III.258.2

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Text versus Object Mosseri X.119 Mosseri II.204 Mosseri VIII.478 Mosseri IX.193

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Text versus Object Mosseri IXa.2 Unidentified MS in Arabic script Mosseri VIII.447.1 Laws concerning the Passover Seder and the order of the Passover Haggadah

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Text versus Object Mosseri IXa.3.1 Mosseri VIII.467 Mosseri III.256.1 Mosseri uncatalogued

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Text versus Object Mosseri III.257 Versions of contracts written according to Istanbul tradition; abridged laws; kabbalistic compilations; amulets; riddles Mosseri III.256.1 The diwan (poetic anthology) of Shelomoh ben Meshullam de Piera, North Africa, 16 th 17 th century neither in royal or aristocratic collections, nor in monasteries, mosques, religious or academic institutions, but were privately owned for practical use, Malachi Beit Ari

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Text versus Object Mosseri V.232.1

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Text versus Object Mosseri III.148 A commentary on Leviticus 22:26 24:14 in the handwriting of Rabbi Hananel ben Shmuel ha Dayan Mosseri V.134.2 Biblical phrases and pen trials in Arabic script

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Text versus Object Mosseri VIII.447 Mosseri III.447.1 Restricted access

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Text versus Object Polyester sleeves holding small sewn structures are sewn closed along the top edge for easy access

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Text versus Object Mosseri IXa.5.2a e An amulet before conservation

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Text versus Object Mosseri IXa.5.2a e after conservation

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Text versus Object Mosseri IV.212.1 Liturgical poems ( qerovot ) for the seventh day of Passover by Joseph Birabbi Nissan before conservation

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Text versus Object First quire of IV.212.1 in melinex pamplet cover after conservation

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Conclusion BEFORE AFTER

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What a conservator sees and a curator misses! The End