April 14, 2013 § Leave a comment


Nature on paper and the nature of paper

The American Museum of Natural History is home not only to dioramas and tens of millions of zoological and geologic specimens and anthropologic artifacts, but also to a world class research library containing extraordinary illustrated books.

Indeed, natural history books have long been the way people could learn about the world beyond their own backyard, and the only way scientists in the pre-photographic era could consistently share new information and discoveries.

Tom Baione, the Boeschenstein Director of the AMNH Library, talks about some of the library’s seldom-seen treasures, as highlighted in Natural histories: extraordinary rare book selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library.

Barbara Rhodes, an historian and expert conservator in the AMNH’s Research Library, will discuss the nature of paper, of books, and the varied ways that have evolved to bind them. She will also provide some guidelines as to how people can preserve their personal collections.


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