The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 23, Number 2

Editor's Page

Photograph of Ellen McCrady

A Thank-You to Supporters

The 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, especially since the Newsletter is an independent publication.

During 1998 we received $3,628; in 1999 we have received $4890. 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
Bark Frameworks
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)
Preservation Source
Nancy Russell
Nancy Carlson Schrock
Waters - Custom Mfg.
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
Thomas O. Taylor
Hariklia Tziamtzi
Deborah J. Wender
William Minter Bookbinding

Abbey Online

  Year Vol. Nos.
AN 1975-78 1 1-4, 7, 15
  1981-98 5-22 Complete
APA 1987-97 1 - 10 Complete

   Updated 8/99

These are the back issues of the Abbey Newsletter and the Alkaline Paper Advocate on our Web page in CoOL ( The list of "Useful Addresses" for 1998 is there too.

A volume is judged to be "complete" in CoOL when the longer features of each issue (e.g., articles) are posted.

Also posted on our Web page are selected chapters from North American Permanent Papers 1998 : "The Nature of Permanence," "Papermaking Facts," "The ANSI/NISO Z39.48 Standard and Other Standards," and selected listings of permanent papers by type of paper (including a list of watermarked office papers for dissertations).

Who are the Subscribers?

By Location:

As of July 20, when we had 946 subscribers, 728 were in the United States, 166 overseas, and 52 in Canada.

By Type of Subscription:

As of August 20, when we had 964 subscribers, 457 went through a subscription agency, 259 were individual subscribers at the regular rate, 180 were institutions with direct subscriptions, 59 were complimentary and exchange subscriptions, and 2 were students.

Giveaways for 1999 Subscribers

Since we have surplus copies of our two 1998 monographs, North American Permanent Papers and our Literature Supplement, they will be sent to subscribers on request, for the price of postage and handling ($3). Postage will have to be computed separately for countries outside the U.S.; inquire.


In Volume 15, Number 6 of the Abbey Newsletter, incorrect information was given in an article titled "The Birth of the Air Conditioner." The article described the origin of air conditioning as being for the purpose of preventing paper from cockling in print shops. However, in an article in the April 1999 issue of the ASHRAE Journal, author William S. Bodinus, P.E., never mentions this as an impetus in the invention of air conditioning. He describes early use of air conditioning with carbon dioxide in movie theatres, such as the Orpheum in Los Angeles, and the French Room of the Congress Hotel in Chicago. Bodinus began his career in air conditioning in 1930 as an engineer.

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) 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 1981 onward 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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