Volume 12, Number 8
Events in the News
- The ICCROM course on conservation of paper was offered for the
second time from September 21 to November 13, and emphasized
the problems of preserving archival material. Instruction was in
English, and was coordinated by Christine Borruso of Germany, and
Paul Schwartzbaum. The eight-week program was taught by eight
international experts. It covered cellulose chemistry and chemical
identification of materials; history of paper and design materials;
Western methods for conserving works of art on paper; innovations;
conservation of archival paper; climatology for paper; Japanese
methods for conserving oriental paper objects; and conservation of
- The Commission on Preservation and Access held a conference
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Wayzata, Minnesota, to consider the
problem of preserving art history books and other materials
combining text and image. These cannot be satisfactorily microfilmed
because they have so many color plates, as well as special paper and
special bindings; yet they are as vulnerable to deterioration as any
brittle book. Solutions used in the past are not considered
satisfactory (filming text and image separately or encapsulating
color plates and storing them separately from the book). It was an
invitational meeting, to which historians of art and architecture,
art librarians, publishers and technical experts were invited.
- There are a lot of events in the Netherlands nowadays that book
and paper conservators would find very interesting if they went to
them. They are almost always in English. On October 18-19 in
Zutphen, there was an International Conference on Education and
Training with Respect to Restoration and Conservation Techniques,
which covered library and archive conservation as well as museum
conservation. There was a trade fair, "Restauratie 88" on Oct. 19-21
in the same town, and a symposium on "Mass Conservation" Oct.
21. At Hicoreb, the conservation school operated by the Flemish
Bookbinders Guild, not far away in Belgium (Korenlei 21, 9000 Gent,
Belgium), a series of workshops began Oct. 24 and runs till
April 28. The instructors are: Middleton, Johnson, Duke, De
Roover, Flamm, Clarkson, Pickwoad. All but the De Roover workshop
are in English, or Dutch and English.
Perhaps information about the next Restauratie Conference can be
had from the address given in the announcement: Restauratie
Conference, P0 Box 80, 7200 AB Zutphen, The Netherlands.
- Two eastern archivists' groups recently had preservation
workshops at their meetings:
- Nov. 3-4, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
had a disaster recovery workshops with five speakers. There was a
session on basic in-house conservation for new archivists and
curators on the second day.
At their Oct. 27-29 meeting, the New England Archivists
had three workshops with preservation components, on administration
of photographic collections, caring for historical records, and
At the Oct. 29-30 meeting of the Midwest Regional
Conservation Guild in Chicago, members heard Jim Canary speak on
Tibetan book production and preservation, and Doug Severson and
Chris Young speak on ethical and philosophical questions concerning
the intensification of photographic images.
- The Western Association for Art Conservation met at Yosemite
National Park on Nov. 8 and heard about 20 papers, among them
five of interest to paper conservators, not counting the one on
conservation of chocolate by Sharon Blank, Clair Dean and Glenn
- On March 1, the National Archives and Records
Administration will give its Fourth Annual Preservation Conference
which will be on "Current Trends in the Preservation of Audiovisual
Collections." Each of four main types of materials will have a
panel: video, sound recording, motion picture and still picture.
Reception afterwards. Registration is $40. For information write
Conference Coordinator, Archival Research and Evaluation Staff,
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC 20408
- The Northeast Document Conservation Center invites applications
for a five-day workshop to train about ten paper conservators in
techniques for performing general surveys, May 1-5, at the
Essex Institute in Salem. The workshop, funded in part by IMS, will
review the factors that contribute to collection damage, address a
surveyor's clues to their presence, and discuss strategies for
correcting problems. Faculty will include Karen Motylewski, the
director of NEDCC' a survey program; Ernest Conrad, President of
Landmark Facilities Group, a consulting firm specializing in climate
control and architectural planning for libraries, museums, and
historic structures; and conservators with additional expertise in
survey techniques. Fee: $90. Participants will be chosen on the
basis of conservation training and experience, geographic
representation, communication skills, and opportunity to use the
training to benefit institutions in their regions. Contact Karen
Motylewski, NEDCC, 24 School St., Andover, MA 01810.
- Three IFLA subgroups under its Core Programme on Preservation
and Conservation are co-sponsoring an international symposium May
22-24 at the Library of Congress: "Managing the Preservation of
Serial Literature." Speakers will include William J. Welsh, David
Clements, Margaret Child, Don Sebera, Else Delaunay (Bibliotheque
Nationale), Gerhard Banik (National Library of Austria), and other
speakers from six or seven different countries. Fee: $150. For more
information and registration form, write Robert Harriman, Chair,
Symposium Organizing Committee, Serial Record Division - LM515,
Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540.
- The program for the Columbia University Rare Book School in July
is now set, with a faculty of 28. Twenty one-week noncredit courses
are offered, five each week. Base tuition is $435 per course.
Low-cost housing available; early-evening public lectures will be
scheduled. Since Terry Belanger is on sabbatical, Martin Antonetti
will direct the school. He is Special Collections Librarian, Mills
College. For details and application form, write to Bare Book
School, School of Library Service, 516 Butler Library, Columbia
University, New York NY 10027 (212/854-4734). Something different
this year is the course in advanced preservation, taught by Carolyn
- As part of the Sept. 10-15 meeting of the American
Chemical Society in Miami, the Getty Conservation Institute will
co-organize a special symposium on environmental chemistry of art
conservation. Issues addressed will include air quality measurements
in museums, lab studies of pollutant damage to art objects,
theoretical studies, damage by outdoor pollutants,
microenvironments, national and international environmental art
conservation programs, and mitigation measures. Papers are invited.
Contact Dr. Frank Preusser, Getty Conservation Institute, 4503
Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6537 (213/822-2299).
- The IADA Congress for 1991 will be in Uppsala, and will have as
its main theme the restoration/conservation of graphic art on paper.
In addition, the conservation of archival material, books,
photographic material and large-sized maps will be on the program.
There will be simultaneous translation from German to English and
vice versa. iada=Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Archiv-,
Bibliotheks- und Graphikrestauratoren. For German-speaking
conservators, it is the equivalent of the AIC Book and Paper Group.
IADA has recently started running English translations of some of
the reports and other items in its newsletter" (the yellow pages of
Restauro), in line with its new resolve to cooperate
more closely with other international organizations in book and
paper conservation. N.b. Uppsala is an old university town about 50
miles northwest of Stockholm.