The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 23, Number 2


Sally Roggia has successfully defended her D.L.S. dissertation and will receive the Doctor of Library Science degree in October from Columbia University. Its title is William James Barrow: A Biographical Study of his Formative Years and his Role in the History of Library and Archives Conservation from 1931 to 1941.

Peter Jermann, following a 23-year career as Bookbinder and Preservation Officer at St. Bonaventure University, will now be dedicating himself to his company, TeMPeR Productions, and raising his nine-month-old daughter. As chief cook and bottlewasher at his company, he will continue to design and handcraft bookbinding equipment for the small bindery and repair shop. He can be reached at TeMPeR Productions, 117 S. 14th St., Olean, NY 14760 (tel: 716/373-9450, e-mail:

Gary Frost began work in July as conservator at the University of Iowa. (He says he is subletting a cabin on the river while he observes the housing market and other resident options.) His address is: 100 Main Library, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 (ph.: 319/335-5908; fax: 319/335-5900; e-mail:

Ursula Dreibholz and her work with early Islamic manuscripts in Sanaa, Yemen, are described in German on p. 161 of Restauro 3/99, which refers to her paper, "Der Fund von Sanaa: Fr�hislamische Handschriften auf Pergament," in Peter R�ck (Hrsg.): Pergament, Geschichte, Struktur, Restaurierung, Herstellung. Historische Hilfswissenschaften Band 2. Sigmaringen, 1991. (Ursula used to work at the Yale Center for British Art.)

Sherelyn Ogden is the new Conservation Department Head at the Minnesota Historical Society. After receiving her M.A. from the library school at the University of Chicago, she was trained in library and archives conservation at the Newberry Library. She was Director of Book Conservation at NEDCC, and before going to the MHS, she was the Director of Field Services at the Upper Midwest Conservation Association.

Walter Henry, Assistant Conservator in the Preservation Department of the Meyer Library, Stanford University, received the University Products Award for Distinguished Achievement in Conservation June 5 at the AIC meeting in St. Louis. The award consists of a commemorative plaque, a $5,000 cash gift, and $500 towards AIC meeting attendance. The official announcement of the award says, "He recognized the importance of the Internet as a tool for the conservator and its potential for outreach opportunities to educate the public long before many in the conservation field knew of its existence. He established and continues to maintain much of the conservation profession's presence on the Internet. He webmasters the AIC website, CoOL (Conservation OnLine) and the dozens of related conservation sites that are hosted by the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries." (Incidentally, in the mid-'80s he programmed the Abbey Publications' PC by telephone from California, so that it could receive the Cons DistList once a week!)

Patricia Palmer, Head of Preservation Services at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, received the 1999 Gaylord Collections Conservation Award at the 1999 AIC meeting. This award provides a scholarship for attendance at the AIC meeting and funding for an additional conservation training opportunity. She chose to study book repair techniques for 19th century monographs at the Etherington Conservation Center.

Roy Perkinson, Head of Paper Conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, received the Sheldon & Caroline Keck Award for dedication to the education and training of conservation professionals at the 1999 AIC meeting. His dedication to education and willingness to act as a mentor is widely recognized among his former students, many of whom stated that their contact with him has changed the way they approach conservation.

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