How to Preserve Sneakers and Teddy Bears: Lessons from the Marathon Bombing Archive

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Adam Osgood, collection technician for Historic New England, prepares items such as stuffed animals, sneakers and American flags from Copley Square’s shrine to Boston Marathon bombing victims to be treated in a fumigation bubble where carbon dioxide kills any kind of insect or larvae, above.  Courtesy of the Boston Herald.

If you’re curious about the first steps archivists take to treat collections, especially those that are outside the traditional paper and photo based collections, watch this short video the Boston Herald posted on August 11, 2013.  The video highlights the behind-the-scenes work of archivists.

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