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Preservation Workshop: Corrugated Box

  • 05 Sep 2014
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • OHIONET; 1500 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221
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Workshop details:

 Learn how to make a custom cardboard clamshell box using acid-free archival corrugated board, safe for archival storage.  This workshop will teach a method of making a corrugated clamshell box with the aid of an Excel spreadsheet to calculate the measurements of the box.  Corrugated clamshell boxes are elegant, lightweight, and a durable solution for storing special collection books or brittle bindings. 

Archival corrugated board is also convenient and safe to use to meet other collection storage needs, such as creating compression enclosures for storing vellum bindings or for storing books with additional components.

The workshop will include examples of how to customize your corrugated boxes to fit wedge shaped books, vellum bindings that tend to warp, or books with additional documents or parts.

Materials outlined below should be enough for students to make 2 – 3 boxes.  Students should bring 4 bound items that they would like to box.  Bring an assortment of shapes so that variations can be made, but bring items that are at least an inch thick and not too large, approximately 8” tall x 6”wide.  

Workshop presenter: 

Ashleigh N. Schieszer is a Book and Paper Conservator and Lab Manager at the Preservation Lab, a collaboration between the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the University of Cincinnati Libraries.  Question about the workshop content may be directed to Ashleigh by phone at (513) 556-4289 or by email at

Miriam Nelson, Head of Preservation at Ohio University, and Holly Prochaska, Head of Preservation at University of Cincinnati will be on-site assisting as well.


OHIONET, 1500 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH  43221 (Map)


$75 ($50 for Ohio Preservation Council members), payable by credit card in advance of the workshop. Please proceed through the registration system and choose the Pay Online option.  This fee includes all supplies.  Instructor will provide all necessary tools, which will be checked out and returned at the end of the workshop. 


Free, on-site.


On your own.  There are a variety of restaurants nearby, or you may pack a lunch.  


    Conserve O Gram on Unbuffered vs. Buffered Materials

    Corrugated clamshell measuring and cutting diagram

    Procedure to create a corrugated clamshell using automated measurements from an Excel spreadsheet

    See the Preservation Lab Blog's  "How-To" on Corrugated Enclosures

    Examples of altered corrugated boxes

    Be sure to click on the second tab of the Excel worksheets:
    Excel spreadsheet for B-flute corrugated board (3mm thick)
    Excel spreadsheet for E-flute corrugated board (1.6mm thick)
    Spine label templates:
      Portrait spine label template
        Landscape spine label template

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