What to do, when luck finds you?
It is general (Archive) knowledge that plant life and fauna are not welcome in an archive- unless you are an herbarium. So what did we do when we discovered this pressed four leaf clover?
The four leaf clover was likely preserved by J. Vincent Butterfield, in the book Microscopes and Other Scientific Instruments, published by Bausch + Lomb in 1929 and signed by J. Vincent Butterfield in 1932. Mr. Butterfield also taped an image of algae to the front cover. He seemed to have a great interest in botany.
The pressed four leaf clover has been in our archive for decades, and is conceivably 84 years old- so (omens aside) we could not destroy, or remove the clover. It was meant to be in that book and there it shall remain. A pleasant surprise to the next archivist who finds it years from now.
We did however place the clover in and archival envelope, to protect it from deterioration - with a little note. Perhaps we should add it to the database?
-Amy, the Lucky Archivist
The Creative Collector
Amy C. Vena