september, 2019

30sep9:00 am5:00 pmThe Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Conservation Treatments and Decision Making through the Ages

Event Details

Conservation, as a profession, has developed over decades from traditional craft-based approaches to scientifically-informed treatment methodology in order to preserve our most precious books and manuscripts. Modern conservation approaches bring together a fascinating blend of historic bookbinding and papermaking expertise with a modern application of organic chemistry and instrumental analysis in order to inform how to slow deterioration and extend the useful lives of our priceless collections. Perhaps it is this blend of art and science that makes the field so fascinating.

While contemporary conservators strive to apply innovative modern conservation treatments for our objects, we see the good, the bad, and the ugly of past repairs through the ages in our collections every day. In this exhibition, we bring together examples–many drawn from our own Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s holdings–to show the dynamic practice of modern book and paper conservation.


(Monday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Main Library Room 346

1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana IL


The Rare Book and Manuscript Library