ROBERT ESPINOSA BOOKBINDING AND CONSERVATION COLLECTION

MsC 769

Collection Dates: (1978-2000)
(Bulk Dates: 1981-1999)
19.5 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
e-mail: lib-spec@uiowa.edu

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List


Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

Robert Espinosa was born in Alamosa, Colorado. He attended Washington University in St. Louis and received a B.A. degree in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He studied book and paper conservation in New York City at the Center for Book Arts (1975 -- 1976) and worked as a Rare Book Conservator for the Library of Congress (1978 -- 1982). In 1982 he joined the faculty of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University as Head of Conservation. He also served as the editor of the Book and Paper Group Annual and assistant editor of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation.


Scope and Contents

This collection contanins mostly photocopies of articles dealing with the binding of books, and preservation and conservation of books. Series I contains the Conservation Classified (boxes 1-12), which is Espinosa's collection on a variety of topics relating to the history, technology, and other aspects of bookbinding and archival conservation. The classification scheme is an expansion of a scheme first proposed by Espinosa in The Abbey Newsletter, Vol. 9, Number 1, part 2. (April 1985).

The second series (boxes 12-13) contains Espinosa's personal documents in relation to his work as a scholar and technician of book and archival conservation and preservation.

Claudia Pummer, June 2004


Related Materials

Brigham Young University - Harold B. Lee Library: http://www.lib.byu.edu/

The Library of Congress - Conservation Division: http://www.loc.gov/preserv/int_book.html

The Abbey Newsletter - Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/abbey/an/

American Institute for Conservation (AIC): http://aic.stanford.edu/


Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Robert Espinosa in 2004.

Guide posted to Internet: June 2004


Box Contents List

BOX 1

SERIES 1: CONSERVATION CLASSIFIED

1. CONSERVATION AS A DISCIPLINE

1.1. Bibliographies and Literature

1.1.1. Classification and Indexing

1.2. Congresses and Conventions

1.3. History

1.4. Information Exchange and Dissemination

1.5. Labs and Facilities

1.6. Philosophies and Ethnics

1.7. Policies

1.8. Popular Articles

1.9. Terminologies

1.10. Training

BOX 2

1.11. Lectures and Presentations

1.12. Conservation in Latin America

1.13. Safety and Health

1.14. Conservation Referrals

2. PRESERVATION ADMINISTRATION IN LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES

    2.1. Administration

    2.1.1. Group Dynamics

    2.1.1.1. Leadership

    2.1.1.2. Brainstorming

    2.1.1.3. Discussion

    2.2. Binding Preparation

    2.3. Condition Surveys

    2.3.1. General Assessments

    2.4. Cooperative Programs

    2.5. Economic Considerations

BOX 3

2.6. Information Preservation / Computers

2.7. Library / Binder Relations

2.8. Library Binding

2.9. Preservation Selection

2.10. Personnel

2.11. Fund Raising

2.12. Buildings and Environments

3. CONSERVATION: ART AND ARCHITECTURE - GENERAL

3.1. Architecture

3.2. Furniture

3.3. Objects

3.4. Painting

3.5. Photography

4. RELATED DISCIPLINES

4.1. Architecture

4.2. Archeology

4.3. Biology

4.4. Decorative Arts

4.5. Ethnography

4.6. Graphic Arts

4.7. Information Sciences

4.7.1. Libraries and Librarianship

4.7.1.1. Futures

4.7.1.2. Electronic Age

4.7.1.3. Research Services

  BOX 4

4.7.2. Descriptive Bibliography

4.8. Museology

4.9. Musicology

4.10. Organic Chemistry

4.11. Photography

4.12. Symbology

4.13. Medieval Studies

4.14. History

5. ENEMIES OF BOOKS

5.1. Environmental Enemies

5.1.1. Air Pollutants

5.1.2. Biological Agents

5.1.2.1. Fungi and Bacteria

5.1.2.2. Insects

5.1.3. Disasters

5.1.3.1. Earthquake

5.1.3.2. Fire

5.1.3.3. War, Riot, Vandalism

5.1.3.4. Water

5.1.4. Light

5.1.5. Relative Humidity

5.1.6. Temperature

5.2. Inherent Vice

5.2.1. Inks and Colorants

5.2.2. Leather

5.2.3. Paper

5.2.4. Photographic

5.2.5. Sound Recordings and Magnetic Tape

6. PROTECTION AND CARE OF MATERIALS

6.1. Biological Control

6.2. Care of Books

6.3. Care of Manuscript and Archive Collections

6.4. Care of Objects

6.5. Design of Library and Archive Buildings

6.6. Enclosures

BOX 5

6.7. Environmental Controls

6.7.1. Air Cleaning

6.7.2. Air Conditioning

6.7.3. Relative Humidity

6.7.4. Temperature

6.8. Exhibition

6.8.1. BYU Exhibition Catalogs

6.8.2. Other Exhibition Catalogs

6.9. Fire and Water Protection

6.9.1. Disaster Preparedness

6.9.2. Fire

6.9.3. Water

6.10. Handling and Shelving

6.10.1. Controlling Access

6.10. 2. Moving

6.10.3. Photocopying

6.10.4. Shelving

6.11. Library Security

6.12. Stack Maintenance

6.12.1. Dusting and Cleaning

6.12.2. Treatment of Leather Binding

6.13. Storage in General

6.14. Storage of Maps

6.15. Storage of Photographs

6.16. Storage of Prints and Drawings

6.17. Storage of Sound Recordings

6.17.1. Discs

6.17.2. Magnetic Tapes

6.18. Storage on Microforms

6.19. Storage of Films

7. BOOKS AND BOOKBINDING

7.1. History and Development of Books and Printing

7.1.1. Pre-printing

BOX 6

7.1.1.1. Codicology

7.1.1.2. Development of Alphabet

7.1.1.3. Illumination

7.1.1.4. Manuscript Books

7.1.1.5. Paleography

7.1.1.6. Papyrology

7.1.2. Printed Books

7.1.2.1. Printing

7.1.2.2. Typography

7.1.2.3. Illustrative Processes

7.1.2.4. Aldine Studies

7.2. History and Development of Bookbinding

7.2.1. General

7.2.2. Pre-1400

7.2.3. By country

Italy

England

Ethiopia

Germany

Islamic

Scotland

United States

France

Germany - Erfurt

Germany - Wittenberg

Ireland

Russia

Scandinavia

Chile

7.2.4. Publishers' Binding

7.2.5. Romanesque Binding

7.3. Bookbinding Structure

7.3.1. Boards

7.3.2. Boards Attachment

7.3.3. Bosses and Fittings

BOX 7

7.3.4. Covering

7.3.5. Decoration

7.3.6. Edge Decoration

7.3.7. Endbands

7.3.8. Endleaves

7.3.9. Fastenings

7.3.10. Sewing

7.3.11. Spine

7.3.12. Textblock

7.3.13. Fine Bookbinding

7.4. Bookbinding Technology

7.4.1. Adhesive Binding

7.4.2. Case Binding

7.4.3. Cleat Sewing

7.4.4. Limp Vellum Binding

7.4.5. Machine Binding

7.4.6. Oversewing

7.4.7. Paper Binding

7.4.8. Library Binding Technology

7.4.9. Pamphlet Binding

7.4.10. Oriental Binding

7.4.11. Hardboard Binding

7.4.12. Non-adhesive Binding

7.4.13. In-house Circulation Repair Techniques

7.4.14. Photographic Albums

7.4.15. Otabind

8. PAPER AND PAPERMAKING

8.1. History and Development of Papermaking

8.1.1. Far East

8.1.2. Islamic Countries

8.1.3. Central Asia

8.1.4. The West

8.1.5. Africa

8.1.6. Europe

8.2. Papermaking Technology

8.2.1. Raw Materials

8.2.2. Beating

8.2.3. Sheet Formation

8.2.4. Drying

8.2.5. Sizing

8.2.6. Watermarks

8.2.7. Ruling

8.3. Paper Science

8.3.1. Cellulose

8.3.2. Cellulose Deterioration

8.3.3. Papermaking Fibers

8.4. History of Prints and Printmaking

8.5. Manufacturers of Permanent Paper

9. MATERIALS AND MATERIAL SCIENCE

BOX 8

9.1. Accelerated Aging

9.2. Adhesives

9.2.1. Cellulose Ethers

9.2.2. Pressure-sensitive

9.3. Analytical Methods

9.4. Book Board

9.5. Book Cleaning Materials

9.6. Book Cloth

9.6.1. Coating

9.7. Dyes and Dyeing

9.8. Fibers

9.9. Gelatin

9.10. Heat-set Tissue

9.11. Ink

9.12. Leather

9.13. Leather Treatments

9.14. Microproductive Processes

9.15. Paints and Pigments

9.16. Papyrus

9.17. Parchment

9.18. Photographic Science

9.19. Polyester

9.20. Solvents

9.20.1. Surface Active Agents

9.21. Textiles

9.22. Thread, Tape

9.23. Water Purity

9.24. Writing instruments

9.25. Sharpening

9.26. Reproductive Processes (XEROX, etc.)

9.27. Housing Specifications

10. CONSERVATION - EXAMINATION, DOCUMENTATION, ANALYSIS

10.1. Authentication

BOX 9

10.2. Examination and Treatment Forms

10.2.1. Examination and Documentation Policy

10.2.2. Book Collation Practices

10.3. Fiber identification and Analysis

10.4. Instrumental Analysis

10.4.1. Gas Chromatography

10.4.2.Visible Spectroscopy

10.4.3. X-Ray Diffraction

10.4.4. X-Ray Fluorescence

10.5. Microchemical Tests

10.6. Photographic Documentation

10.6.1. Beta-Radiography

10.6.2. Infrared

10.6.3. Raking Light

10.6.4. Specular

10.6.5. Transmitted Light

10.6.6. Ultraviolet

10.6.7. Slide Classification

10.7. Microscopy

10.7.1. Stereo Binocular

10.7.2. Polarized Light

10.7.3. Scanning Electron Microscopy

10.8. Spot Tests

10.8.1. Alum

10.8.2. Alum Rosin

10.8.3. Lignin

10.8.4. Protein

10.8.5. Starch

10.8.6. pH

10.8.7. Vegetable Tannins

10.9. Treatment Report Forms

10.10. Ink Analysis

10.11. Manuscript and Ownership Marks

11. CONSERVATION TREATMENT METHODS AND TECHNIQUES

11.1. Archives and Manuscripts

11.2. Book

11.2.1. Minor Treatments

11.2.2. Rebacking

11.2.3. Rebinding

11.2.3.1. Hard-Board Laced

11.2.3.2. Limp Vellum

11.2.3.3. Paper Case

11.3. Boxmaking

11.3.1 Simple Enclosures

11.4. Cradles

11.5. Freeze-drying

11.6. Fumigation

11.7. Furniture

BOX 10

11.8. Leather

11.9. Maps

11.10. Objects: Metals, Stone, Wallpaper, Wood, Glass, Plastic, Plaster, Pastels, etc.

11.11. Painting

11.12. Paper

11.12.05. Ink Fixation

11.12.1. Fumigation

11.12.2. Dry Cleaning

11.12.3. Washing

11.12.4. Solvent Treatments

11.12.5. Alkalization and Neutralization

11.12.5.1. Mass Deacidification

11.12.6. Enzyme Treatments

11.12.7. Bleaching

11.12.8. Consolidation, Fixing, Facing

11.12.9. Sizing

11.12.10. Backing Removal

11.12.11. Mending

11.12.12. Filing and Compensation

11.12.13. Humidification

11.12.14. Drying and Flattening

11.12.15. Lining and Mounting

11.12.16. Inpainting

11.12.17. Matting and Framing

11.12.18. Encapsulation

11.12.19. Lamination

11.12.20. Tape Removal

11.12.21. Adhesive Removal

11.12.22. Microreproduction

11.13. Papyrus and Palm Leaf

11.14. Parchment and Vellum

11.15. Photographic Materials

BOX 11

11.16. Scrolls

11.17. Textiles

11.18. Specialty Papers

11.18. Tools and Tool Making

11.19. Far Eastern Conservation

11.20. Frames

12. MISC. TECHNICAL LITERATURE

12.1. Energy

SERIES 2: PERSONAL PAPERS AND DOCUMENTS

ORGANIZATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS (Conferences, Workshops, Meetings, etc.)

AIC - American Institute for Conservation (20 folders)

AIC - Annual Meetings:

1981 - Philadelphia

1984 - Los Angeles

1985 - Washington

1985 - Washington : Hardboard Specification

1986 - Chicago

1986 - Chicago : Conservation as Collection Manager

1987 - Vancouver

1988 - New Orleans

1990 - Richmond

1991 - Albuquerque

1992 - Buffalo

1993 - Denver

1994 - Nashville

1995 - St. Paul

1996 - Norfolk

1997 - San Diego

AIC - Miscellaneous:

Letters of Thanks

Professional Associate Application

Computer Insurance Questionnaire

Cultural Diversity Task Force

ALA - American Library Association, Conferences (3 folders):

1990 - Chicago

1994 - Miami

1995 - Stanford

American Folklife Center (2 Folders)

Seminar / Demonstration

BPG - Book & Paper Group (10 folders)

BPG Annual (Journal published by the BPG):

1983 Hard-Board Laced-in Specification Paper

Inventory

Questionnaires

Revenues from Sales

BPGA-IPC Correspondence

Guidelines

BPG - Miscellaneous:

Budget

Logos

Book Catalog

1985 Steering Committee

BOX 12

BYU - Brigham Young University (1 folder)

1991 Care and Handling of Books

Conservation Analytical Lab - Smithsonian (1 folder)

Horton, Nikki

Catholic University Summer Institute (1 folder)

CIMA - Council of Intermountain Archivists [2 folders]

1991 Archivists and Conservators

1992 Dubansky: Exhibition Guidelines

Columbia University Program (3 folders)

NEH - Proposal

Syllabus for Descriptive Bibliography Course

1991 Workshop on Hand Binding

COPAR - Cooperative Preservation of Architectural Records, 1986 (1 folder)

GBW - Guild of Book Workers (3 folders)

1982 Standards Seminar - Folger Library

1991

1994 Dallas

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 1984 (1 folder)

IIC - International Institute for Conversation, 1992 (1 folder)

IPC - Institute of Paper Conservation, 1986 (1 folder)

JAIC - Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Reviewers (1 folder)

LBS - Library Binding Service, Des Moines, 1987 (1 folder)

LC - Library of Congress (7 folders)

Projects:

Madison Building Conservation Lab Plans

Notes for Rehousing Broadside Collection

Stack Maintenance - Summaries of Law Library Project

Miscellaneous:

Stack Maintenance Lecture - Point System Seminar

Stack Maintenance - Various Talks Given by LC Personnel

Stack Maintenance - Misc. Papers

Union and General Announcements

NEDCC - Northeast Document Conservation Center, Assessment, 1990 (1 folder)

NIH - National Institutes of Health, A.E.R. Proposal (1 folder)

PBI - Paper & Book Intensive (2 folders)

1991

1995 Denver: Chemise/Vellum, [Laura] Wait

Pittsburgh Bookbinding Conference, Review on Bibliography Newsletter BiN, 1979 (1 folder)

Photo Image Training Course (1 folder)

Rare Book School, [Nicholas] Pickwoad, 1987 and 2000 (1 folder)

RBMS - Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, North Carolina Preconference, 1991 (1 folder)

Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, Regimen Animarum, 1983 (1 folder)

UI - University of Iowa, Book Boards, 1993 (1 folder)

UPC - Utah Preservation Consortium, 1990 and 1994 (2 folders

WAAC - Western Association for Art Conservation, Annual Meetings 1989 and 1992 (2 folders)

Washing Project - Initial Interviews and Project Outlines (1 folder)

BOX 13

NOTEBOOKS

7 notebooks containing handwritten notes (among others on the conservation of films presumably taken at a UCLA conference and a work journal dating from 11/06/78 - 06/23/81).

CORRESPONDENCE AND CONTACTS (19 folders)

Amert, Kay

Barrett, Tim

Baslé, Katja

Benson, Courtland - Bookbinder

Boal, Gillian

Conroy, Tom

Czech Library - Jiri

Futernick, Bob

Green, Simon

Laboratory of Anthropology ( New Mexico )

Librarians of Congress

Mann, Jesse

Mohr, Ludwig

Nicholson, Kitty

Rennie, Sylvia

Pickwoad, Nicholas

Schreiber, Fred - Documentation

Smith, Philip

Wait, Laura

RANK ADVANCEMENT DOCUMENTS (10 folders)

Annual Evaluation Forms

Special Conservation Equipment Designed: "Press & Plough"

Teaching Materials and Lectures

Job Descriptions Written

Letter of Recommendation from Supervisor

Current Resume

Publicity Received

Papers & Publications

Recommendation RE: Robert Espinosa / From General Services Rank Adv. Committee

Robert Espinosa

MISCELLANEOUS (23 folders)

Lib. Sci. Course - Ellen McCrady

Book Documentation Forms

Paper Documentation Forms

Public Speaking

Rare Book Specification Sheets

Language Instruction Series - Foreign Service Institute

Current Resume and Summary of Accomplishments (1988)

Current Resume and Summary of Accomplishments (1991)

Current Job Description

Annual Evaluations

Names of References

Letter of Recommendation from Supervisor

Professional Development Projects

Conservation Documentation System / Glossaries

Robert Espinosa Annual Reports

Professional Development Projects

Service and Citizenship Documents (Harold B. Lee Library)

Service and Citizenship Documents (Lab of Anthropology/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Teaching Materials

Conservation Equipment Designed: "Easy Rider Back Gauges"

Conservation Lab Annual Reports

Papers & Publications

[unlabeled folder including letters and personal notes]

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