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The Next Chapter: Rare Books in Modern Times (Chicago, IL)

Presented by:

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Hosted and Co-Sponsored by:
Newberry Library

About the Program:
Millions of books are contained in 21st-century libraries, museums, archives, and special collections. Those defined as rare may be historically significant, scarce, unusual or innovative in format, or otherwise unique. The evolution from handwritten text to printed volume and digital page is indicative of cultural and intellectual growth and parallels improvements in the use and care of books. The book in modern times is a source of knowledge and a work of art. This two-day program will explore the definition of the rare book within the context of its physical history and current preservation concerns. Presenters will also address ways to engage the public with rare book collections in conservation work and exhibition planning. 

Topics include:

  • History of the book and manuscript
  • Identification and description of historical bindings
  • Preservation priorities and conservation issues for rare books in the digital age
  • Objectives in targeting volumes for conservation treatment
  • Selection for digitization
  • Rare book exhibition planning and interpretation

Major funding for this program is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Location & Time:

Newberry Library
60 West Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610

8:30am - 9:00am Registration and Refreshments
9:00am - 4:30pm Program

Click here for more information and to register!