Holding It Together: From Red Tape to Grommets

In celebration of American Archives Month we’re looking at some of the many fasteners and seals found in records at the National Archives. Today’s post comes from Rachel Bartgis, conservator technician at the National Archives at College Park, MD. Early 19th-century government clerks relied on ribbon, pins, thread, sealing wax, and wafers to hold their … Continue reading Holding It Together: From Red Tape to Grommets

Keeping It All Together: Paper Fasteners at the National Archives

Today's post comes from Alan Walker, archivist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. In my reflective moments, I think about what has kept me here at the National Archives for all this time. It couldn’t be the bone-wearying monotony of shuffling heavy cartons of records from here to there, or the tedium of … Continue reading Keeping It All Together: Paper Fasteners at the National Archives