FRED is a Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device, and it is just one of the many fascinating stories and objects presented by the Preservation and Conservation Directorate at this afternoon’s 13:00 tour before the official launch of the three pre-conferences.
I have worked at the Congressional Research Service for twelve years, but have never visited the preservation and conservation areas of the Library of Congress before. So I decided to join the tour for an hour, and I was so happy I did! From stories about using Edison’s own lab books to make wax cylinders like those that were once used as recording devices, to the story of a change Jefferson made to the United States Declaration of Independence (Library of Congress employees found that Jefferson wrote “fellow citizens” over his original words, “fellow subjects”), every story revealed new insights into the amazing work that goes on at the Library every day. For those who have signed up for the Preservation and Conservation Directorate tour on Friday: you are in for a treat!
Here are some more tour highlights: