Bill Anthony, the Library’s first Conservator, made replicas of historical bookbinding structures. He used such model making for apprenticeship training. This method proved such a great idea that binding model making has become a craft learning strategy here at Iowa. Soon we were on our way to producing our now famous Historical Bookbinding Model Collection. Over the years Bill’s work has been augmented with other fine examples made by many talented bookbinders. Join us for an illustrated commentary on the legacy and prospects of this fabulous, and unique, instructional resource of the UI Libraries.
Gary Frost is a book conservator and book arts educator. His career he has held faculty positions at Columbia University, University of Texas at Austin and University of Iowa. He is now Conservator Emeritus at University of Iowa Libraries. He is currently teaching book conservation at the Buffalo State Art Conservation Program. Gary has been awarded the Banks and Harris Award of the American Library Association, the Lifetime Award of the Guild of Book Workers and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.