Volume 10, Number 1
Events in the News
- Last August 25-28, the second International Symposium on the
Stability and Preservation of Photographic Images was held in
Ottawa, with Klaus B. Hendriks as General Chairman and Jim Reilly as
chair of the first session on general topics. Other sessions took up
the subjects of standards, hypo retention, restoration; stability
and preservation of color materials; a proposed Image Permanence
Institute at RIT; non-silver halide imaging systems; and the growth
potential of photography. The symposium had a very favorable review
in the December Journal of Imaging Technology.
- The Scottish Region of the Society of Bookbinders and Book
Restorers busted this year's biennial conference in September, with
a varied program which attracted members from all over Britain.
Workshops included Maureen Duke on onlaying and inlaying, John
Coleman on gold finishing, Paul Delrue on paring and covering in
full leather and Joanna Mackinven giving Rafe Fleming's
demonstration on limp vellum binding (Rafe unfortunately being
unable to attend through illness). Members also visited Hewit' s
leather works in Currie and the new conservation laboratory at the
National Library of Scotland. John McIntyre, conservation officer at
the NLS, explained future plans for the laboratory and also showed a
film during the conference on leafcasting. [From the December
Designer Bookbinders Newsletter]
- The December 10 Preservation Conference at the National Archives
had an attendance of 220 and was considered so successful that
another one will be held next year on exactly the same day, December
10. The conference was videotaped.
- During 1986, the Guild of Book Workers exhibit, entitled
"Bookworks," will travel from Chicago throughout Canada, winding up
in Seattle. This is the exhibit connected with its Standards of
Jan.-Feb.: Newberry Library, Chicago. Contact Bonnie Jo Cullison,
Conservation, Newberry Library.
Mar.-Oct.: Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Victoria.
Contact Susan Corrigan of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists
Nov.-Dec. 15: Seattle. Contact Don Guyot. Sponsor: Book Arts Guild.
- Beginning January 7 and continuing through the year, the Thomas
J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
will have back-to-back exhibits on topics related to art and
bookbinding. Each of the eight exhibits has a separate sponsor.
During October the Danish Consulate is sponsoring "Danish
Bookbinding and Printing by Ole Olsen, Paul Christensen, and Helge
Ernst." Open Tues.-Fri. 10-4:45. Call Mindell Dubansky, (212)
879-5500 ext. 3220.
- Classes start mid-February at the Creative Arts Workshop in New
Haven, CT. All are held evenings and run 12-15 weeks. Jenny Hille
and Gisela Noack teach hand bookbinding. Workshops on marbling,
mending books and headbanding are on Saturdays. Call (203)
- March 3-7, the Society of Archivists' Conservation Training
Scheme Week will be held at the Library Association, 7 Ridgemont
St., London WC1. It will cover topics in administration, Japanese
and Western paper, early and archival bookbinding, environmental
control, storage systems, boxing, exhibitions, and conservation
chemistry. Presentations will be by outstanding experts, as they
always are at this yearly event. Nonmembers may attend (£25 a
day, £15 a half day). Contact Jennifer Thorp, Hampshire Record
Office, 20 Southgate St., Winchester S023 9EF.
- The Center for Book Arts' new semester starts Feb. 17, and
offers both regular classes and weekend workshops as usual. Subjects
include hand bookbinding, restoration, oriental bindings, photograph
album & slipcase, boxes, marbling, equipment making, book
design, and long stitch envelope bindings. Write for list of
classes: Center for Book Arts, 626 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY
- March 19-21, at the University of Texas's Humanities Research
Center, there will be a symposium with invited participants on
matters of mutual concern to conservators and special collections
- Identifying elements and qualities of the object to be
- Effects of treatment on these elements and qualities.
- Documenting these elements and qualities prior to and during
- Deciding on appropriate treatments.
- Identifying extrinsic considerations that may modify or
- May 8-11, in Kalamazoo, there will be a conference within a
congress. The Congress is the 21st International Congress on
Medieval Studies. The conference is "Book Production in the Later
Middle Ages," and it will include material on the text, scribes,
readers, printers and so on. Structure or binding are not mentioned
in the notice in the Jan. -April Fine Print II. Write
Dr. Martha Driver, Dept. of English, Pace University, White Plains,
New York, NY 10603.
- The annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation
this year will be May 21-25 in Chicago. Specialty group activities
are scheduled on the last two days, which are a Saturday and a
Sunday. The Photographic Materials Group meets all day Saturday and
the Conservators in Private Practice that evening. Book and Paper
people meet all day Sunday. After the conference, in Matteson,
Illinois, Richard Smith is giving a day- long workshop on the use of
freezers for drying and extermination, and on spray deacidification.
Last year a bylaw amendment allowing professional associates as
well as fellows to vote on all matters was narrowly defeated. This
year it will be brought up again and discussed in the AIC
Newsletter before the meeting and in a panel session as
well as the business meeting (or perhaps the panel is part of the
business meeting) in Chicago.
- The 1986 Society of American Archivists program for their two
workshops has been announced: Basic Archival Conservation will be in
Philadelphia June 4-6; Atlanta July 17-19; and Hudson, Wisconsin
Oct. 8-10. Administration of Photographic Collections will be in
Phoenix Feb. 26-28; Jackson, MS Mar. 24-26; Chicago Aug. 24-26; and
New York City Dec. 3-5. For details contact Patricia Palmer, Program
Coordinator, SPA, 600 5. Federal, Suite 504, Chicago, IL 60605
- In June or July, there is a possibility of a leather course
being bald at the B.L.M.R.A., for two days. Contact Betty Hales,
B.L.M.R.A., Leather Trade House, King's Park Rd., Moulton
Park, Northampton NNS 1JD, England.
- During the last week in June, Silvia Rennie will offer a repeat
of the workshop she gave last summer at her Wisconsin country home,
on leather binding. It will last six days and cost $325. This will
cover lodging, free use of the kitchen, and all materials but
leather and/or vellum. Participants should specify on applying
whether they want to work in leather or vellum. Also to be taught:
edge decoration, paper marbling with the Ascona oil colors and
double French head-bands. Contact Ms. Rennie at 705 Hwy. 51 East,
Stoughton, WI 53589 (608-873-9799).
- June 22-25, the Society of Photographic Scientists and Engineers
will sponsor the first international congress on "Pioneers of
Photographic Science & Technology" at the International Museum
of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. Eugene
Ostroff is the Conference and Papers Chairman. Some of the papers to
be given are:
History of Photographic Gelatin - Dr. Jacques Pouradier
History of Processing & Image Stability - George Eaton
History of Photographic Darkrooms - Eugene Ostroff
History of Electrostatic Printing - Prof. Dr. Vladimir Fridkin
Pioneering the Diffusion-Transfer-Reversal Process - Dr. Edith
History of Sensitometry & Densitometry - Calvin McCamy
Dr. Edwin Land will be speaker at the banquet. The 32 speakers
come from the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, Russia, France, and
Japan. Contact SPSE, 7003 Kilworth Lane, Springfield, VA 22151
- June 23-27, a five-day workshop, "The Conservation of Japanese
Prints," will be offered by the Center for the Study of Japanese
Woodblock Prints, for practicing paper conservators, at the
Intermuseum Laboratory in Oberlin, Ohio. Allen Memorial Art Museum
is a cosponsor. Instructors: Keiko Keyes (conservator) and Roger S.
Keyes (art historian). $300. Deadline: March 15. Applicants will be
chosen by a selection committee and notified of their status by
April 15. Write for application forms to: Center for the Study of
Japanese Wood-block Prints, 1010 B St., Suite 410, San Rafael, CA
94101 -Attn: Dori Bonn.
- On June 27, just before the ALA conference in New York City,
there will be an RTSD Preconference: "Preservation for Collection
Managers." Speakers will include Carolyn Clark Morrow, Margaret
Byrnes, Gay Walker, Jan Merrill-Oldham, Barclay Ogden, and Sherry
Byrne. Topics include: Replacement formatting, library binding,
conservation treatment/repair, prospective/preventive preservation,
and solving of preservation problems. $95 for RTSD member, $115 for
MA members not in RTSD, and $125 for non-ALA. Members. Write to:
Preservation for Collection Managers Preconference, American Library
Association, RTSD, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Brochure
- The Book and Paper Intensive at Oxbow will be June 29-July 12
this year. Two weeks, $700; one week $400. This includes room,
board, supplies and instructions. Instructors will include Bill
Anthony, Tim Barrett, Chris Clarkson, Gary Frost, Don Guyot and Guy
Petherbridge. Participant/instructor ratio will be 3:1. Apply to:
Gary Frost, 514 Butler, Columbia University, New York, NY
- The ICCM 1986 Conference in Adelaide, August 11-15, will look at
conservation in theory and practice. Dr. Frank Preusser, Head of
Scientific Services at the Getty Museum, will lead the section on
Science and Technology in the Service of Conservation. Tim Padfield,
of the Smithsonian's Museum Support Center, and "specialist in
'hands-off' conservation," will be there. The practical sessions
will be headed by Robert Futernick, Conservator in Charge at the
Fine Art Museum of San Francisco. For information, write the
Conference organizers, Taylor Conventions, G.P.O. Box 2433,
Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia.
- Late in August, the T&E Center of Rochester Institute of
Technology will give its seminar on "Preservation of Black-and-White
Photographs," as it does every year, but this time it will focus on
laboratory sessions featuring hands-on experience. Through combined
lectures and workshops, participants will learn how to identify and
properly store 19th and 20th century photographs; how to provide
temporary protection to damaged photographs; how to rebind damaged
Daguerreotypes; and perform some mounting and matting techniques.
Coordinator: George Eaton. Instructors include Michael Hager, Grant
Romer, Constance McCabe, Mary Lynne Ritzenthaler, James Reilly,
Siegfried Rempel; and Debbie Norris. There will be four groups of
not more than 12 people in each group. Dates: Aug. 17-22. $425.
Contact Deborah Bongiorno (716/475-2246) or write her at T&E
Center, RIT, One Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-0887.
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