Paper History

26 01 2008

I had no idea the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum existed until just now, looking around for databases to help gather info about some coptic bindings Kevin posted about on Library Preservation Blog. It just goes to show that you can never spend too much time wandering the internets.

Apparently, for just $20,000, you can rent the exhibit World of Paper. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will fit in my house.

And here’s a watermark database, with some great images. Paul Locasto has an article on being a filigranophile, which is a new word for me. I think I might be one.

The British Association of Paper History has some interesting photo galleries.

I’ve got to say, though, that I am disappointed by the lack of a true paper database that would meet the high standards set by the bookbinding databases of the British Library or Princeton. Not to mention the lack of a database of deteriorating tape. Anyone know of any? Anyone have the time and energy to start one? I mean, come on…we’ve got flickr and we’ve got wikis – should be easy, right?



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