A white cardboard box sits in a cabinet at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Lift the lid and the box overflows with candy-like yellow paper bundles. Plagiola capsaeformis. Years ago, a scientist had used these translucent yellow scraps of paper to carefully wrap the precious shell specimens he’d collected from the Clinch River in Tennessee.
The delicate paper scraps used as wrapping are Grand Rapids Michigan railroad shipping manifests dated to 1889 - artifacts enveloped in artifacts.

Photography by Diana Zlatanovski. Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology collection.