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Courtesy National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

Courtesy National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution


Boxes are often used to enclose three-dimensional objects and are infinitely variable in their design and construction. The art of making custom boxes for specific types of collection items is well developed, but is continually evolving as new materials are incorporated into their design. Boxes can be constructed to meet the storage and support needs of unique objects or groups of objects with very specific needs. Boxes can also be constructed to meet specific use needs, including features such as sides that open to allow the object to slide forward, or sides that can be adjusted to re-distribute the tension on the sides of an object, or flaps that allow for full and close coverage of the item.



An Avant-Garde Approach to Mounts and Boxes, Stephanie Gowler, Graham Patten, Carlynne Robinson, Susan Russick
Boxes and Trays Fabricated from Fluted Plastic Using Hot Melt Rivets, Carl Schlichting
Boxes for Dry Shell Collections, M. Andria Garback and Earl E. Spamer
Boxes from Paper-based Materials, Deborah Confer
Cavity Packing Objects,Rebecca Beyth
Clamshell Box for Skulls and Other Irregularly-shaped, Three-dimensional Objects
, Brigid Sullivan
Container and Support System for Large, Relatively Flat Objects, Mei Wan Campbell
Creating a Custom Enclosure for Oversized Rolled Graphic Recordings William Bennett
Custom-made, Double-Tray Phased Boxes, Michael Waters
Custom Storage Boxes for Interactive Exhibit, Kelsey Falquero
Drop-Front Box: No-Glue, Folded-Tab Style, Angela Yvarra McGrew
Drop-Front Box: Tabbed Style, Angela Yvarra McGrew
Envelope Style String and Button Closure for Drop Front Boxes, Rebecca E. Newberry
Making East Asian Scroll Storage Boxes, East Asian Painting Conservation Studio, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Northwestern University Library Boxing Protocol, Stephanie Gowler and Susan Russick
Objects Secured Directly to a Box, Rebecca Beyth
One-piece Box for Small Books
, Richard W. Horton
Packing Rare Audio Content, Alison Reppert Gerber
Padding System for Eggs in Boxes, Carla H. Kishinami
Phased Box Construction, Craig Jensen and Patricia Tweedy
Plastic Box and Aluminum Shelving System, David J. Bedford
Small Paper Boxes for Lightweight Specimens, Margaret R. Bolick, Charles L. Messenger and Susan E. Goebel
Storage for Buttons, Pins, and Badges, Angela M. Andres and Laura McCann
Storage for SEM Stubs
, Julia Golden
Storage Solution for Housing Sample Books, Elizabeth L. Peirce
Storage System for Microscopical Preparations, Martha Goodway
Storage System for Two-dimensional Mixed Media Shadow Puppets with Plastic Film, Debora Mayer
Transit Box System for Small Taxidermy Mounts
, Tamsen Fuller

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