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Lecture on 15th century papermaking

From: Erin Albritton <erinalbritton<-at->
Date: Friday, January 4, 2013
The New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and the Gladys
Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory present:

"Reconstructing 15th Century Papermaking Materials and Techniques"
A Lecture with Timothy Barrett
At The New York Academy of Medicine
NYAM Room 21
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11AM (reception to follow)

For more information or to register, please email

For directions, please visit


The quality and stability of Incunabula period papers have
fascinated bibliophiles for generations.  University of Iowa Center
for the Book paper specialist Tim Barrett has long sought to unlock
some of the secrets of how these papers were produced.  In this
lecture, Barrett will summarize some of the more intriguing findings
resulting from his 2009-2011 non-destructive analysis of 1578
European papers made between the 14th and the 19th centuries.
Barrett will also describe his current efforts to revive historical
at the vat production rates of 100 sheets per hour. Paper samples
will be on display and questions from the audience encouraged.

Speaker Bio: Timothy Barrett received a BA degree in Art
Communications from Antioch College in 1973. His career includes two
years at Twinrocker Handmade Paper, Inc. in Brookston, IN, two years
under a Fulbright Fellowship studying papermaking in Japan, and two
years of part-time study at Western Michigan University's Department
of Paper Science and Engineering.  His many years of research on
early European handmade papers have been funded by the NEA, the
Kress Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and,
as of 2009, a MacArthur Fellowship.  Barrett is author of two books,
six videotapes and 25 articles on the history, technique and
aesthetics of hand papermaking.  Barrett joined the University of
Iowa Center for the Book as paper specialist in 1986 where he
oversees the UICB paper facilities, research, production and the
papermaking curriculum.  He was director of the Center between 1996
and 2002 and again became director in the fall of 2012.

Erin Albritton
GBW NY Chapter Chair

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