Can someone elaborate on the process of freezing water-damaged books then "drying them in a controlled environment"? There must be more to the process than this.
I asked Anne Bentley of the Massachusetts Historical Society, who writes:
I haven't had to deal with masses of wet (as opposed to just damp) books, so haven't personally experienced freeze-drying and its results, but I checked the American Institute for Conservation's website, and under their "Caring for your Treasures=> Books," found a fairly straightforward section on freeze drying when I scrolled down to "Emergencies and Minor Disasters": http://aic.stanford.edu
Wayne Homren, Editor
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