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Technology of Paper

National Science Resources Center

paperback, 64 pages, 8 ½ x 11, 2004







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Paper is everywhere, so we tend to take it for granted. But although paper is essential to our way of life, it is a relatively new invention, produced in quantity only since the 1600s. Technology of Paper tells 5th and 6th graders about paper—what people used before paper was invented, how it is produced, the many uses that people have discovered for it, and how it can be preserved and recycled. One of the stories in this book tells how conservators at the National Archives protect the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other historic national documents from damage due to light, moisture, insects, and time. Another story explores how paper is used in many surprising ways, including making furniture.