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The aim of the conservation programme was to preserve the collections by dry cleaning and re-housing in archival quality materials, and carrying out interventive conservation to minimise degradation.
An initial survey of the collections indicated that they were generally in a fair condition. Problems encountered were:
The treatment of the collections included:
Certain bound items wwere rebacked by outside contractors. Particularly valuable material was treated interventively where necessary. One example of this was the papers of David Gregory, one of the Edinburgh collections.