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The Book and Paper Group Wiki is a publication of the Book and Paper Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Art and Historic Works. The BPG Wiki is a forum for members and conservation practitioners to learn about topics in book and paper conservation and share their expertise and emerging trends in the field with colleagues. It is intended to be a comprehensive record of treatment-related topics, arranged systematically with descriptive details. Like all wikis, the site's contents are collaborative and dynamic works-in-progress. You can:

  • Search the entire AIC Wiki by using the "search" box at the top of each page.
  • Browse the Book and Paper Group Wiki by using the portals below or clicking the many links.
  • Get Involved by visiting the Help Wanted Page and the Contributors Toolbox for recent updates and upcoming projects.

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History of the Book and Paper Group Wiki

The BPG Wiki grew out of two earlier BPG publication projects - the Paper Conservation Catalog (PCC) and the Book Conservation Catalog (BCC).

In the early 1980’s a group of AIC members began a volunteer, collaborative effort, in the absence of much published literature, to gather and exchange information about techniques and materials used by paper conservators. This effort resulted in the Paper Conservation Catalog. The PCC was published from 1984–1994 by the AIC Book and Paper Group, with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Each edition added more chapters and the focus was on specific techniques and insights gained through practical experience. Twenty-five chapters of the PCC were published from 1984 to 1994. This paper edition is available as a PDF facsimile. A similar effort was begun for a Book Conservation Catalog and eighteen chapters of the BCC were developed, but they were never published in print format.

In 2009, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) launched the AIC Wiki with funding assistance from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), a division of the National Parks Service. Along with catalogs from other specialty groups, the published Paper Conservation Catalog and the unpublished Book Conservation Catalog were transcribed into a Wiki environment.

The Book and Paper Group Wiki has been updated and has grown significantly since then. As of 2018, there are 26 paper conservation chapters, 18 book conservation chapters, and 9 chapters of shared interest, as well as multiple how-to-edit and navigation pages. Links have steadily grown between the BPG pages and the AIC Wiki pages maintained by other specialty groups.

Contributing to the Wiki

The BPG Wiki is overseen by two volunteer Wiki Coordinators, one book and one paper, who report to the BPG Publications Committee chair. They are responsible for overseeing chapter and section revisions, raising awareness of the Wiki, keeping BPG members informed of its progress, recruiting contributors, organizing editing events, assisting anyone that comes forward with research and expertise they want to share, and integrating the Wiki with other BPG PubComm efforts. Like all BPG volunteer positions, the Wiki Coordinators serve on rotating, renewable three-year terms. The current Wiki Coordinators are Katherine Kelly (book) and Denise Stockman (paper). If you would like to be involved in the Wiki, contact them at [email protected]


The Paper Conservation Catalog and the AIC Wiki were developed by, and for, professional conservators. While persons in related fields will benefit from being acquainted with its content, neither is intended to provide step-by-step recipes for the untrained. Also, the PCC was created over the course of several decades, and there are out-of-date sections. When using the wiki, readers are strongly encouraged to consult the growing body of relevant literature.


Copyright 2019. The Paper Conservation Catalog and the Book Conservation Wiki are publications of the Book and Paper Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. They are published as a convenience for the members of the Book and Paper Group. Publication does not endorse nor recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques described herein.

Book and Paper Group Wiki
Using the Wiki

·Contributors Toolbox ·Reference and Bibliography Protocols ·Accessing Conservation Literature (AIC) ·Help Wanted ·Template for New BPG Chapter

Materials and Tips

·Annual Meeting Tips Sessions ·Materials, Equipment, and Tools ·Adhesive Recipes and Tips
·Gels, Thickeners, and Viscosity Modifiers (ECPN) ·Oddy Tests (R&A) ·Instrumental Analysis (Paintings) ·Technical Examination (Paintings) ·Microchemical Testing (R&A)


·Selection for Preservation ·Exhibition, Supports, Transport ·Imaging and Digitization ·Housings ·Encapsulation

Conservation History and Ethics

·Culturally Sensitive Treatment ·Conservation Ethics (AIC) ·History of Conservation and Conservators (AIC)