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Removing Tape from a Ramage binding…

Got back on the bench for the first time in a long while. This tape residue on a beautiful handtooled binding just demanded to be picked at… On further inspection, I saw that it had a binder’s signature: “Bound by Ramage”. John Ramage was a British born binder who worked in France after his apprenticeship […]

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Three different aesthetic approaches in circulating conservation treatment..

Three different approaches to general collections conservation treatment (from L-R): Reusing the original boards and spine, with the spine and boards rejoined together using new bookcloth  A brand new case made with all new decorative elements, and no reuse of any materials from the original case, with some artistic liberties taken compared to the original […]

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Conservation Lab Tours and Demonstrations

Since I started working at ASU Library in 2013, I have had many opportunities to give planned and impromptu tours of the conservation lab. I maintain a “teaching collection” of bookbinding and conservation demonstration materials, which come in handy when a tour group drops in unexpectedly.

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Bookbinding

“Blessed Art Thou Among Women” Artist’s Book

I created this binding in 2017, and it was shown as part of the “Blown Cover” show from 2-5-17 through 3-19-17 at the Burton Barr Library in Phoenix, AZ To create this artist’s book, I modified a 19th century Bible (gifted to me by a family member), which had a very interesting piece of printer’s […]

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Teaching and Outreach

Myanmar Preservation Training

In 2016, I traveled on behalf of ASU Library to Myanmar to present a series of workshops and presentations about library preservation over the course of two weeks in October. The first week of the program consisted of two hands-on training workshops in basic book repair and box making that were supplemented by a three-part […]

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Treatment of the “Journal of Health (1830)”

Information about this item Date: September 7, 2007 Conservator: Suzy Morgan Instructor: Chela Metzger Call Number/Collection: Personal Author: n/a Imprint: Philadelphia, 1830 Title: Journal of Health, Volume 1 Collation/foliation: 50 double-folio sections, sewn three-on. Format: Quarto Dimensions (binding): H 22.4 x W 14.7 x T 3 (cm) Dimensions (text block): H 21.7 x W 13.5 […]

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Treatment of “Martini Opitti Deutscher Poematum”

Information about this item Date: July 2009 Conservator: Suzy Morgan Call Number/Collection: SPEC 831.5 061d, Northwestern University Library, Special Collections Author: Martin Opitz Imprint: Breslau, 1637 Title: Martini Opitti Deutscher Poematum Dimensions (binding): H 22.4 x W 14.7 x T 3 (cm) Dimensions (text block): H 21.7 x W 13.5 x T 2.7 (cm) Treatment […]

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Limp Vellum Binding

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Treatment of Sam Houston Letter

Information about object Date: 10/23/07 PCS Identification number: 08-34 Owner/Custodian: Center for American History Title/Subject/Description: February 3, 1843 Letter from Sam Houston Creator: Sam Houston Date of production: February 3, 1843 Place of production: Executive Apartment, Washington Treatment Report Description Dimensions (Primary Support):English: 26.02” H x 36.18” LMetric: 66.1 cm H x cm 91.9 cm […]

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Batch treatment of “Colecction de Documentos relativos a la vida publica del liberatador de colombia y del peru Simon Bolivar”

This was a batch treatment of seven volumes in which the loose boards were reattached and the spine leather replaced with treated Moriki paper. Date: January 1, 2009 Call Number/Collection: Northwestern University Library, 980 C691 (7 volumes) Imprint: Imprenta de Devisme hermanos (Caracas), 1826-29 Title: Colecction de Documentos relativos a la vida publica del liberatador […]