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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. 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.

Wiki Team

  • Diane Knauf, Paper Conservation Wiki Coordinator (2019-2022)
  • Katherine Kelly, outgoing Book Conservation Wiki Coordinator (2016-2020)
  • Michelle Smith, incoming Book Conservation Wiki Coordinator (2020-2023)

Photo Gallery

Videos and Playlists

All the YouTube videos used in the BPG wiki.

The Book and Paper Conservation Wiki can host videos on YouTube, embed YouTube videos and playlists in its wiki pages, and link to videos across the web. Here are some of the videos that we have gathered to illustrate various tools, techniques, and working habits in book and paper conservation.

The Book and Paper Group also maintains a playlist of videos, some of which are aimed at conservators and some at the general public.

If you have suggestions for new playlists or videos to add, please contact the Wiki Coordinators at [email protected]

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 for Advancement in Conservation (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 pages, 18 book conservation pages, and 9 pages 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 page 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 Diane Knauf (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 2020. The Paper Conservation Catalog and the Book Conservation Wiki are publications of the Book and Paper Group of the American Institute for Conservation. 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 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)