career began with a four-year apprenticeship at the Newberry Library
in Chicago, known for its long-standing commitment to
conservation. It was a tremendous opportunity for me, as I
worked and learned under the guidance of Gary Frost and the late
Paul Banks, two preeminent names in book and paper
conservation. After leaving the Newberry, and just before
striking out on my own, I worked for a brief time for Carolyn
Horton in New York City.
In 1979, I opened
my own bindery, and was fortunate to work with clients such as New
York University and the University Club, both with important
collections. My client base grew, and as it did, I outgrew
my space in the city. I relocated to a custom designed
bindery in Hudson, NY, where the increased size and efficient
layout has enabled me to expand the services I offer my clients.
With 30 years in
the library and archive preservation field, I have drawn on my
experience to continue to improve my techniques and to find
practical solutions to the most vexing conservation
problems. My clients have presented me with a broad array of
situations, and I welcome the opportunity to share my expertise
with new clients and the conservation community. I have also
moved into the arena of grant application and procurement, where I
have been very successful, and in other areas, such as disaster
planning and recovery, devising collection maintenance strategies.
I am a conservation
bookbinder, dedicated to preservation techniques which promote the
longevity of the objects I am called to work on. I do not
believe in attempts to imitate old period bindings without first
preserving the intellectual content of the books. My
treatments deal with permanence and durability, and in all my
work, I strive to protect the integrity of archival objects.