Historic Letterlocking: The Art & Security of Letter Writing
What did Queen Elizabeth I, her spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, and MIT founder William Barton Rogers all have in common? They were letterlockers. They and many others throughout history used a number of techniques to fold and secure their correspondence shut without the use of a gummed envelope.
Come spend some time in the MIT Libraries Wunsch Conservation lab with Jana Dambrogio, the Thomas F. Peterson Jr. (1957) Conservator and letterlocker-in-residence to learn how they did it. Participants will lock shut several letterlocking formats using paper, paste, sealing wax, and signets.
- Wednesday, January 6, 2016
- 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Classes & workshops