Before and After: St. Peter's Cathedral
The conservation department of the Harry Ransom Center is responsible for the care and preservation of the Center's collections. Their work makes materials accessible to scholars at the Center. This new feature highlights repair and conservation work on collection items.
The old, brittle mount of this albumen print photograph of the inside of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, Italy, had cracks and tears extending through the photograph.
The Ransom Center's conservation staff removed the mount after the surface of the photograph had been carefully cleaned. The photograph was then mended on the back using thin Japanese tissue and starch paste, and lined onto to a new mount of archival mat board to provide physical support for the photographic print.
The photograph was taken by an unknown photographer ca. 1860s-70s.