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[BKARTS] Historical Paper Specimens Needed

Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 11:14:16 -0600
From: "Huttner, Sidney F" <sid-huttner@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <exlibris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Historical Paper Specimens Needed

This post is on behalf of papermaker and paper historian Tim Barrett at
the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

Tim is undertaking a research project to establish non-destructive
techniques for analysis of historical papers for gelatin content and
other properties that appear to relate directly to durability and
longevity.  To establish accurate base lines for the non-destructive
tests, Tim must assemble a set of 30 leaves or signatures of broken
books dating between 1400 and 1700 from which one or more samples,
perhaps as large as 10-15 square centimeters, can be removed for
destructive testing. The samples must come from margins or areas not
printed on either side since printing ink would complicate or compromise
the tests.

He needs approximately 10 leaves or signatures from each the three
centuries, preferably sheets that can be associated with an identified
book and thus dated fairly precisely by its printing date.  The leaves
finally selected will also need to range in condition from excellent to
poor.  Once assembled, the set will be archived for tests that may
evolve in the future and require similar baselines.

If you have sheets or signatures that you can "volunteer" for this
purpose, or have suggestions on where appropriate sheets might be found,
please contact Tim directly at <timothy-barrett@xxxxxxxxx>.

Cordially ---------- Sid Huttner
Sidney F. Huttner, Head, Special Collections
100 Main Library, The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420
PHONE: 319-335-5921 FAX: 319-335-5900
The LUCILE Project: http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/lucile

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