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This discussion page was started in July 2014 to collect ideas for improving the PCC Wiki. It includes the suggestions offered by the BPG Publications Committee, PCC Task Force in 2007-2009 and wiki contributors. Please feel free to add your own suggestions for improvement. Whenever appropriate, suggestions that relate to existing pages should be added to the discussion page for those chapters (see links below).

New Paper Conservation Wiki Page Draft 7/1/2019

Welcome to the Paper Conservation Wiki, compiled by members of the American Institute for Conservation(AIC) Book and Paper Specialty Group (BPG). The purpose of the Paper Conservation Wiki is to act as knowledge repository for conservators, covering the current and historical techniques, treatments, materials, and technologies of the paper conservation field. This page is maintained by the BPG Publications Committee Paper Wiki Coordinator, Diane Knauf.

Content published in the Paper Conservation Wiki does not constitute an endorsement or approval of the procedure described, as the wiki also contains historical practices that are no longer seen as ethical. The information on the wiki is not designed to substitute for the consultation of a trained paper conservator. If you are considering treating paper, it is recommended in the strongest terms to seek out a professional conservator as there are large risks associated with attempting to perform repairs yourself. To find a trained conservator, please visit AIC's Find A Conservator page.

Documentation and Treatments

All paper conservation work begins with the visual examination and written documentation for each object. This examination and documentation of the paper object can include: examination of the paper support, identification of the media present, fiber identification, identification of watermarks, technical examination, instrumental analysis, spot testing, microchemical testing, and identification of any condition issues (such as the presence of mold, foxing, media problems, or support problems).


The Paper Conservation Wiki and the AIC Wiki were developed by, and for, professional conservators. While persons in related fields will benefit from being acquainted with its content, the information gathered here is not intended to provide step-by-step recipes for the untrained. The wiki and the content on its pages were created over the course of several decades, and there are out-of-date sections.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 current conservation literature.

General Suggestions

  • Change the Page to Paper Conservation Wiki (dropping the Catalog portion to avoid confusion)
  • Move focus from the Catalog to the Wiki to make it feel more like a stand alone, up to date resource.
  • Change the wording of the pages to remove the reference to chapters.
  • Overall, the PCC would be dramatically improved with photographs, illustrations, and links to existing online content.
  • When chapters are updated, keep in mind that it can still be useful to have a reference for how an older treatment was done, as long as its current status is clearly conveyed.

Original Chapters:

New Chapters to Develop:

  • Add useful sources to the Bibliography. Annotations are particularly appreciated.
  • Add new chapter on "Local Treatment". This chapter could explore ethics, formation of tidelines with age, reversion, accelerated aging with exposure to light, heat, moisture and overall appropriate nature in regards to fine art visual aesthetic of stain removal.
  • The following chapters were proposed as parts of the 1984-1994 print edition, but were never published:
    • 2. Media Identification
      • This chapter has been identified as being of particular use.
    • 9. Instrumental Analysis
    • 21. Enzyme Treatment
      • This chapter has been identified as being of particular use.
    • 27. Suction Table Treatments
    • 41. Encapsulation
    • 42. Environment
    • 43. Exhibition/Storage
    • 44. Transportation/Packing
    • 45. Integrated Pest Management
  • The following pages were suggested at the 2019 AIC Annual Meeting
    • Stain Reduction
    • Orientation Page
    • Artist Materials
  • Other pages suggested
    • Training and Selecting Technicians
    • Establishing a Book and Paper Conservation Lab

Other Possible Chapters added --Denise Stockman (talk) 08:57, 23 March 2015 (CDT):

  • Transparent Papers- Currently contained within Support Problems
  • Three-Dimensional Paper Objects (includes globes, cut paper, 'seal-prints' etc)
  • Collage
  • Paper - under materials section, could incorporate Transparent paper page -- Diane Knauf

Note: Link to BPG page on AIC site not working. Need to fix. --Denise Stockman (talk) 21:24, 24 April 2016 (CDT)


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Welcome to the Paper Conservation Catalog Wiki

Welcome to the Paper Conservation Catalog, compiled by members of the AIC Book and Paper Specialty Group. The BPG Paper Catalog was begun with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This wiki addition of the Paper Conservation Catalog is an ever expanding and changing resource for paper conservators and allied professionals. The 1994 edition of the Catalog (Introduction to 1994 Edition here) provided a jumping off point for this platform. 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 Paper Conservation Catalog was transcribed into a Wiki environment. In 2016- 2018, the content was reformatted to remove numbering systems and allow for easier content growth.
Members of the Book and Paper Group are eligible to contribute to the wiki. We hope this will be a forum for sharing innovations, new techniques, traditions, research, and all things paper conservation. Please share what you know.
We are seeking conservators with knowledge and expertise. Please contact us at [email protected] to learn how to become a contributor. All kinds of experience welcome. We can pair conservators with varying skills and interest, ie: one with content and one with expertise in wiki markup and editing skills.


Planned, but unrealized pages

  • Media Identification
  • Authentication
  • Documentation
  • Instrumental Analysis

Paper Conservation Catalog (print edition 1984-1994)

A complete and unchanged copy of the print edition of the Paper Conservation Catalog can be found here: Paper Conservation Catalog (print edition 1984-1994).. The Wiki edition can be edited and expanded, but we have preserved the print edition in its entirety as a record of all the hard work and expertise that came before us.

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