Preservation Conversations: Selections from Interviews with Book Conservators

Compiled and Edited by Thomasina Taylor
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Ilene Books, 2014. Edition of 145.


Thomasina Taylor: [Introduction] “As my final year in the MFA in the Book Arts program at the University of Alabama approached and I prepared to undertake a thesis project, I was given some excellent advice from my committee chair, Anna Embree. She suggested that my project should assist me as I faced my future beyond graduation. I knew I had this interest in conservation, but I lacked the knowledge of how to proceed. I knew the best way to gain that knowledge was to ask others.

Within these pages are excerpts from conversations with book conservators who have upwards of 20 to 65 years of experience in the field. They have expressed their thoughts on a number of different topics, including training, changes to the profession and the nature of repair, and advocacy. Some of the questions that facilitated these responses include:
What is the most difficult part of book conservation? What do you anticipate to be a critical issue in book conservation in the coming years? What has been the biggest change in conservation during your career?

These interviews were conducted over the phone in the fall of 2013, transcribed and edited during the winter, and printed in the spring of 2014. The excerpts are sorted into major topical themes. Some grammatical changes were made to increase understanding and readability, but the individual voices of the participants have been preserved. I hope you find the information as enlightening and enjoyable as I have.”

Participants include: Pamela Barrios, Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Etherington, Ann Frellsen, Gary Frost, Christopher McAfee, Chela Metzger, William Minter, Jeffrey Peachey, James Reid-Cunningham, and Lawrence Yerkes.


Deluxe: Numbered 1-10. Commercially printed on Crane’s Crest paper. Quarter leather tight joint case binding in clamshell box. Editioned pastepaper covers. Letterpress printed endsheets and pastedowns. Book: 5.25 x 8.25”; Box: 5.75 x 9 x 1″; 100 pages. $350

Standard: Numbered 11-50. Commercially printed on Crane’s Crest paper. Quarter cloth rounded case binding. Editioned pastepaper covers. Letterpress printed endsheets. 5.25 x 8.25”; 100 pages. $225

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