Introduction to Paper Conservation

Saturday, April 23

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24

Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham

This class is now fill. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or

Stable paper repairs form the foundation for the successful rebinding of any book. This workshop explores contemporary methods of repairing and reinforcing damaged or compromised papers. Students are provided with samples of damaged sheets of paper to repair, including commonly used book printing papers dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Students should bring in their own books and documents for examination and treatment during the course.

The workshop begins with a discussion of types of paper, their physical characteristics, the history of paper manufacturing, and the ways paper degrades over time. Students then examine and repair materials and tissues; the tools used to conserve paper; and a range of adhesives.

The paper conservation treatments covered includes surface cleaning; mending tears; guarding sections; filling losses or missing sections of a leaf; transparent mends done over areas with type or images; humidification and flattening of folded or creased pages; spot testing of inks and pigments; lining single sheets of paper; methods for drying wet paper; toning and coloring repair tissues; and the repair of coated papers. This workshop is for both beginners and those with training and experience in book repair who are interested in expanding their range of paper conservation treatments. Bench work will focus on producing aesthetically pleasing repairs that are structurally sound.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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