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History of the Book Conservation Catalog

In 1987 a pilot committee was formed to create a Book Conservation Catalog, modeled after the Paper Conservation Catalog which began publication in 1984. An outline was proposed with major topics to be covered, and several compilers began work on chapters (Maynor 1992). Although the Book Conservation Catalog was never published in paper form, many of its chapters were developed. The list of compilers, editors, organizers, and contributors included:

Priscilla Anderson, Kevin Auer, Pam Barrios, Mary Baughman, Linda Blase, Cara Bovet, Meaghan Brown, Donia Conn, Carole Dyal, Gary Frost, Stephanie Gowler, Abbey Haywood, Werner Haun, Walter Henry, Jim Hinz, Craig Jensen, Yasmeen Khan, Chela Metzger, Chris McAffee, Olivia Primanis, Alan Puglia, Sarah Reidell, Susan Russick, Eleanore Stewart, Melissa Straw, Jennifer Hain Teper

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 Along with the Paper Conservation Catalog and catalogs from other specialty groups, the unpublished Book Conservation Catalog was transcribed into a Wiki environment. Since then, new chapters have been added and existing chapters have been expanded. In 2016, to reflect its growing strength as a wiki and departure from the specialty group catalog format, the catalog was renamed as the Book Conservation Wiki. Some of the original chapters have grown to encompass both book and paper conservation, and are now considered part of the overarching Book and Paper Conservation Wiki.


Planned Chapter Structure

The evolving structure of the Book Conservation Catalog prior to the wiki and as the wiki developed. This is a work in progress as I research the history. This may remain useful as we move away from the numbered outline format and update cross-references.--Kkelly (talk) 14:25, 8 December 2016 (CST)

Section 1 - Purpose (review this text and see if we want to save--Kkelly (talk) 15:05, 15 December 2016 (CST))

The Book Conservation Catalog is a collective volunteer project of the Book and Paper Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). As part of the AICWiki, the Book Conservation Catalog is intended to provide information on the broad range of materials and topics encountered in the conservation of objects. The primary purpose of the Book Conservation Catalog is to record information about a variety of materials and treatments in current use or with a history of use in book conservation and to serve as a convenient reference for practitioners in the field. The catalog is designed for practicing book conservators and is intended as an aid in the decision-making process. It is understood that the individual conservator is solely responsible for determining the necessity, safety and adequacy of a treatment for a particular object and must understand the effect of his or her treatment. Inclusion in the catalog does not constitute an endorsement or approval of the procedure described.

The creation of the Book Conservation Catalog in the Wiki format, which affords new opportunities for information sharing and collaborative writing. The Catalog builds upon the work begun to create a print work.

Section 2 - Examination and Documentation

  • Chapter 1. Examination (unwritten)
  • Chapter 2. Documentation (now Documentation)
  • Other suggested, but unwritten chapters:
  • Description and Condition Reports
  • Treatment Proposals
  • Treatment Reports
  • Photo-documentation

Section 3 - Structural Elements of the Book / Book Structures

  • Edge Treatments
  • Spine - style, shaping, and lining
  • Covering
  • Furniture - clasps, bosses, chains, etc.

Section 4 - Materials or Book Materials

  • Thread
  • The Boards chapter was sometime considered part of this section.

Section 5 - Conservation Treatment

  • Board and cover repairs
  • Leather stabilization
  • Board (core) repairs
  • Text/paper treatment: Dry Cleaning, Sizing, Stain removal, Humidification, Mending, Guarding, Foldouts and inserts, Leaf attachments, Media issues, Leaf casting, pulp fills
  • Parchment repairs

Section 6 - Preservation

  • Chapter 1. Selection for Preservation (now BPG Wiki Selection for Preservation)
  • Chapter 2. Emergency Recovery (unwritten)
  • Chapter 3. Environmental Control and Storage (unwritten)
  • Chapter 4. Exhibition, Supports, Transport (now BPG Wiki Exhibition, Supports, Transport)
  • Chapter 5. Imaging and Digitization (now BPG Wiki Imaging and Digitization)
  • Chapter 6. Integrated Pest Management (unwritten)
  • Chapter 7. Staged Implementation of Treatment (unwritten)
  • Chapter 8. Preservation Reformatting (unwritten)
  • Other suggested, but unwritten chapters:
  • Assessments and surveys
  • Handling and User Education

Section 7 - Treatment of Circulating Collections

  • Perfect bindings (unwritten)
  • Double Fan Adhesive bindings (unwritten)
  • Batch Treatments (unwritten)
  • Working with a Commercial Binder (unwritten)
  • This section may have included Case Binding Repair for Circulating Collections, now in Conservation Treatment section


Maynor, Catherine I. 1992. "Publications of the AIC Book and Paper Group." Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 31(1).
Provides a history of the Paper Conservation Catalog and the Book Conservation Catalog prior to their relaunch in wiki form.

Book and Paper Group Wiki
Using the Wiki

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

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, and Transport ·Imaging and Digitization ·Housings ·Encapsulation ·Integrated Pest Management (AIC) ·Environmental Guidelines (AIC) ·Environmental Monitoring (AIC) ·Agents of Deterioration (AIC) ·Light Levels (AIC) ·Pollutants and Contaminants (AIC) ·Emergency Preparedness & Response (AIC)

Conservation History and Ethics

·History of BPG Wiki ·AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice ·Culturally Sensitive Treatment ·Conservation Ethics (AIC) ·History of Conservation and Conservators (AIC)