Research is situated within contexts of drawing in archive and museum collections with attention to  exploration of strata, periphery and shared territory within and between drawings. Current investigations focus on transcription, substitution, and repetition inherent in recording encounters within the archive of Charles Sims R.A. (1873-1928) at Northumbria University. The activity of observing and transcribing drawings in the archive is further examined in unpicking parallels between processes and protocols for Paper Conservation retouching interventions and Fine Art drawing approaches.