DISASTER!When 55 degree torrential downpours followed a subzero weekend, pipes burst and flooded Papercut Zine Library, soaking and damaging boxes containing several hundred to a thousand zines, many decades-old and irreplaceable. After consulting the New England Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), Papercut librarians quickly moved the soggy zines into the pizza freezer at the landlord’s restaurant across the street, but the zines can’t stay there, so we have to move fast. The NEDCC told us the only way to save the zines is to get them professionally vacuum freeze dried, which, between boxing and shipping and treatment at the facility in Pennsylvania, carries a ~$2,000 price tag.
HELP! This would break our bank several times over, but we’d rather have a broken bank than broken hearts for our space and our patrons to lose these precious zines and comics. If there’s a way to get them back into usable condition, we want to keep the collection preserved and available for