Preservation of Books at the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Preservation of Books at the
Folger Shakespeare Library
A Lecture by Renate Mesmer
North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA
August 12, 2010.  6:00pm

Renate Mesmer will speak about a variety of projects undertaken at the Folger Shakespeare Library including the conservation of 19th century scrap books, The Halliwell-Phillipps Albums, and other treatments.  Paper splitting and other techniques, tips and tricks used at the lab will be discussed.

This lecture, another installment in the North Bennet Street School/Guild of Book Workers lecture series, is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required, but if you plan to attend it would help us plan if we have a rough headcount.  RSVP to

The associated workshop, “Tips and Tricks for Book and Paper Conservators,” to be held at North Bennet Street School August 12-16, is currently fully enrolled.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact the NBSS workshop director, Jourdan Abel at

About the Presenter:
Renate Mesmer is the Assistant Head of Conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the former Director of the Book and Paper Conservation Program at the Centro del bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland. She has a Masters in bookbinding from the Chamber of Crafts of Palatinate in Germany and gained experience in conservation during ten years of work as head of the conservation department at the  Speyer’s State Archives in Germany.


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