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Wearing gloves in the archives

February 4, 2006

Before I ever set foot in an archive I was used to seeing television presenters donning white gloves before handling old books and documents. The explanation given was that it was to protect the aged paper from moisture. I expected that I would have to do the same, but in the four rare book rooms I’ve used it’s never been an issue. I was only ever offered gloves once and that was to protect me from dirt rather than the book from me. Was the glove donning just a televisual device?