The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 22, Number 7-8

Editor's Page

A Thank-You to Supporters

Photograph of Ellen McCradyThe editor and trustees of Abbey Publications, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, are grateful for the support received from the people and organizations listed below, as well as from those who gave smaller amounts. Without their help, we could not make this Newsletter nearly as useful as it is.

During 1998 we received $3,628; already in 1999 we have received $4267. Donations for the current year are listed below for Sponsors ($500-$999), Patrons ($100-$499), and Contributors ($25-$99).

This is all welcome help, because the subscription count has been edging down in the last two or three years, probably because of domestic libraries' need to cut down on serials cost. On the other hand, overseas subscriptions have grown, and now number 191, which is 18% of the total.

Ellen McCrady, Editor


Terry O. Norris
Isamu Sakamoto


Bette Abeel
Ernst Becker
John Boral
Brown's River Bindery
Sally Buchanan
Margaret S. Child
Elizabeth S. Banks
Maire and David La Touche
Mekatronics, Inc.
Metal Edge, Inc.
Tawny Ryan Nelb
New York Community Trust (J. Talcott Fund)
Ocker & Trapp Library Bindery
Marcia Oliver (in memory of Catherine Stanescu)
Nancy Russell
Nancy Carlson Schrock
Duane Watson


Baldwin's Book Conservation Service
Julie Biggs
Betsy Palmer Eldridge
Dr. Robert L. Feller
Walter R. Font
Frames of Mind
Carolyn Jane Gammon
Mary Todd Glaser
Maria Grandinette
Patricia Grey
Margaret H. Johnson
Hilary A. Kaplan
Jeanne F. Lewisohn
Kathleen A. Ludwig
Gerald Lundeen
Neschen Corporation
Sandra Nyberg
Cynthia Ostroff
Abigail Quandt
Jeff Rigby
Martha M. Smith
Nathan Stolow
Ann Swartzell
Tamara Swora-Gober
Hariklia Tziamtzi
Deborah J. Wender


On page 80 (last page of v. 22 #5), the name of the Istituto Centrale per la Patologia del Libro was misspelled. There was an n in Istituto where there shouldn't be one, and Patologia had an a after the t. (And by the way three people wrote in to provide the English word for oggi. It's today.)

On page 85 (in v. 22 # 6), Gordon Williams is said to have proposed storing one copy of each deteriorating book in Greenland. Actually, he proposed a "central preservation agency" within the U.S., which would be federally funded. This agency would have selected one copy of each significant book, and preserved these books by spray deacidification and cold storage in a central depository. (He assumed that books in research library collections have already been selected for their importance, so it was not necessary to select further.) The preserved books were to be listed in a published register, and microfilm copies made when they were requested for use. The microfilm copies could be made up ahead of time, as far as possible. Local preservation was also to be encouraged, with on-demand microfilms made by the central preservation agency for the local collections.

The reference for Williams' report is: The Preservation of Deteriorating Books: An Examination of the Problem with Recommendations for a Solution. Report of the ARL Committee on the Preservation of Research Library Materials, Prepared for the Committee by Gordon Williams. September 1964. 37 pp.

Mary Rathman, Call the Office

About April 12, Mary Rathman called to claim v. 22 #3, which we would like to do, except that we can't find her on our database, and she did not leave her number. We need for her to call us and tell us what address to send it to.

Authors Please Take Note

Authors of articles and other contributions accepted for publication in the Abbey Newsletter will be assumed (unless they notify the editor otherwise) to be granting permission to publish their work in both print and electronic form, and to archive it and make it retrievable electronically. Authors retain copyright, however, and may republish their work in any way they wish.

Similarly, with previous publishers of material who have given permission for their copyrighted material to be published in the Abbey Newsletter, the permission will be assumed to cover the electronic as well as the printed form.

This policy has been adopted for two reasons: 1) It helps the cause of preservation of library and archive materials, and 2) The recent "Tasini" decision endorses our policy by implication, since existing copyright law considers electronic reprints to be merely extra copies of the original publication, in another format.

The Abbey Newsletter: Preservation of Library & Archival Materials is issued eight times a year and has about 1040 subscribers. All subscriptions are for the calendar year. Checks or international money orders may be made out in U.S. dollars, payable to Abbey Publications; send to 7105 Geneva Dr., Austin, TX 78723, USA. Foreign checks must have the name of a U.S. bank printed on the front. International payments can be made by VISA or MasterCard.

Personal subscriptions are $45; institutional subscriptions are $55, and subscriptions for full-time students and unpaid interns $23. Overseas air mail is $15/year.

Paid advertisements, except for job ads, are not accepted. Job advertisements are billed at the rate of $50 for the heading and the first ten lines (50-55 characters per line), plus $2 per line thereafter. Any notice that is appropriate and newsworthy will be printed if there is room for it. Claims for issues never received will be honored within a year of publication.

The Abbey Newsletter is selectively indexed in Art & Archaeology Technical Abstracts, and the Institute of Paper Science & Technology Abstract Bulletin. All issues are in print, and each volume has its own index. It is the policy of Abbey Publications to use permanent paper for all publications.

The Editor encourages readers to photocopy freely from the Newsletter; but the Editor's permission must be obtained before making more than 20 copies at a time of lengthy or signed articles. This lets us make any necessary corrections or updates, or contact other copyright holders for permission to reprint.

Most back issues from 1983 on are on our Web page in CoOL <>.

Abbey Publications is a nonprofit corporation set up to encourage preservation of written or recorded information, including the use of lasting materials in the creation of records. The corporation has five trustees (Ellen McCrady, Gary Frost, Roberta Pilette, James Wellvang, and Thomas Clareson), and five officers (President Ellen McCrady; first vice president Gary Frost; second vice president Jim Wellvang; secretary Tom Clareson; and treasurer Paul Banks).

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