Volume 11, Number 8
Events in the News
- In their November 11, a "Do and Tell" meeting with
demonstrations of techniques and equipment, members of the Hand
Bookbinders of California saw demonstrations of leather paring
machines, conservation boxes, sewing without a frame, mitered
corners and knives.
- "Slow Fires: On the Preservation of the Human Record," an
award-winning hour-long film about the continuing loss of the world'
s printed heritage through the deterioration of paper, will be
released in December. Viewers in New York City will see it first
over WNET at 10 pm Thursday December 10, and the rest of the
country will see it at 10 pm (e.s.t.) Friday December 11. It
is likely to be reshown, or shown starting Saturday or Sunday, by
some local stations; consult your local TV listings. This is the
same fin that is available for purchase in both a short and a long
version, on videotape of film from the American Film Foundation
(July issue, p. 85).
- In 1988, an Agreement on Cooperation in Library Affairs
sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies will provide
for Soviet-American cooperation on preservation. There will be a
seminar in the U.S. on "exploring access to library resources
through technology and preservation" and an exchange of
conservators. James H. Billington, the new Librarian of Congress,
helped negotiate this agreement.
- At the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association,
the Curators and Conservators Discussion Group (of the Rare Book
& Manuscripts Section) will discuss collation methods used by
conservators and try to come up with a collation formula they can
recommended for general use. Conservators and anyone else who is
interested may come; contact Cathy Henderson, HRHRC PO Box 7219,
University of Texas, Austin, TX 78713. The meeting will be sometime
between January 9 and 14.
- Betty Lou Chaika will continue teaching bookbinding (adhesive
and nonadhesive structures) and decorative paper-making in Chapel
Hill, North Carolina, her new home. The first series of lessons
starts January 27 and the second February 24,
sponsored by the Artschool at Culbreth School. Contact her at 280
Hillside Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, 919/929-0753.
- A long symposium on preservation in museums, February 15
through March 19, will be held in Canyon, Texas, as part of a
national program described on pp. 18 and 50 of this Newsletter last
year. They don't call it preservation, perhaps because they don't
want to be confused with the preservation of historical buildings.
It is called "Collections Care in History Museums." Scholarships are
available. Contact Collections Care Program, Texas Conservation
Center, P.O. Box 967, W.T. Station, Canyon, TX 79016.
- Next July the Institute of Archaeology at the University
of London will again give a series of intensive short courses
(usually five days) on conservation. Of the 35 or so courses, those
of possible interest to book and paper conservators are:
Conservation of Photographic Material, Conservation of Leather and
Hide, Pigments and Media, Textiles Conservation, Identification of
Fibers, and Conservation of Archival and Library Material. Write
Summer Schools, Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square,
London, WC1H 0PY, England.
- The International Congress on Archives will take place in Paris,
France, on August 22-26, and will focus on conservation of
non-paper records: microfilm, optical discs and electronic records.
One of the papers will be on the special problems in tropical
countries, by Eric Turner of Sierra Leone. Write Monsieur le
Directeur du XIe Congrès International des Archives, 60, rue
des Francs-Bourgeois, F 75141 Paris, Cedex 03, France.
- TAPPI will have a Paper Preservation Symposium October
19-21 in Washington, DC, which will focus on the application of
paper sciences and technologies to the management and administration
of archive, library, and museum collections. Speakers will be
members of Congress & engineers and scientists who plan and
manage the papermaking and graphic arts industries. The symposium is
being given for "planners and decision-makers, particularly
archivists, binders, conservators, engineers, librarians, printers,
publishers, and scientists involved in production, dissemination,
use, storage, or preservation of books, records, works of arts, and
other cultural materials on paper." Contact Wayne Gross, Conference
Coordinator, TAPPI, 15 Technology Park, P0 Box 105113, Atlanta, CA
30348, 404/446-1400. The information sheet does not give the
registration fee. TAPPI is the Technical Association of the Pulp and
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