Spines of Theses' Past
Over the summer I worked at ITP, and one of the jobs I had was to help in scanning every single thesis in ITP's archive from the past thirty years.
Papers had to be taken out of folders, binders, and bindings.
Unfortunately some of the theses were professionally bound, which would have meant scanning each page individually rather than running them through the automatic tray.
I found a solution to this by cutting off the spines of every thesis on the bandsaw. I amassed quite the collection of spines so turned them into an art piece.