Rolled items present special challenges because little space may be available to unroll long items for drying. We were curious to see how well rolled items could dry in their existing format. Depending on the length and thickness of paper, most rolled items in our study successfully dried within their rolled formats.
We do not know if the creases and physical damage seen in the patented vacuum freeze-dry process dried items resulted from the process itself, or from the thawing and shipment of the items. Though the equipment used to compress materials into shape by the patented process may be ultimately inappropriate for unique archival holdings of disparate sizes or formats, we believe that the process holds great promise for published uniformly bound structures in circulating collections.