During a fall 2014 day, six students joined Clements Library Curator Clayton Lewis and Conservator Julie Fremuth for a one-time only experience, the dismantling of the Chapman albums. What clues to the album’s stories might be found in the markings, captions, and stamps located underneath the album’s frames or on the back side of the images? While Lewis and Fremuth worked carefully to remove and then record the details of each photo, Dominique Horne, Lindsay Laird, Kayla Smith, Chavon Taylor, Andrea Ventola, and Taylor Williams documented the process for The Arabella Chapman Project.
First, was making note of the condition of the bindings. They are fragile! Fremuth noted that during an earlier restoration, the albums pages had been restored to their original order. The scalloped pages are decorated with gold paint and tied together with a red string.
Credit: Dominique Horne, Lindsay Laird, Kayla Smith, Chavon Taylor, Andrea Ventola, and Taylor Williams