Volume 10, Number 3
- Mirjam Foot, bookbinding expert at the British Library, has been
made an honorary fellow of Designer Bookbinders. Dr. Foot joined the
Library in 1965. She worked with Howard Nixon, succeeding him on his
retirement, and is now assistant keeper in charge of conservation
- Bernard Middleton was awarded an MBE in the New Year honors
list, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The ceremony itself took
place on March 18. According to one published report, the Queen
pinned the medal on him and asked him what it was that he did. He
told her he restored antiquarian books in his home. (No one
apparently told her about his impeccable scholarship as a historian
of English bookbinding.) "MBE" stands for "Member of the British
- Margaret Lecky, bookbinder of Los Angeles and founding member of
the Western Association for Art Conservation, is the subject of a
two-page "profile" in the May issue of the WAAC newsletter, which is
also called WAAC.
- Glen Ruzicka, formerly Senior Conservator/Rare Bookbinder at the
Library of Congress, was recently appointed Collections Maintenance
Officer at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the campus of Johns
- David Stan became University Librarian at Syracuse University on
March 1, 1986.
- Holly Maxson, formerly of the Conservation Center for Art and
Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), has opened a private practice in
Philadelphia for the conservation of art on paper, photographs and
archives. Her address is 427 South 16th St., Philadelphia, PA 19146
- Elaine R. Schlefer, formerly Book Conservator at the New York
Public Library, was appointed Book Conservator for the New York
Academy of Medicine Library, in March.
- Michéle V. Cloonan, doctoral student at the University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will be teaching a course there this
summer on the preservation of library materials. The course will run
from June 18th until August 6th.
- Karen Garlick, paper conservator at the Library of Congress,
taught "Introduction to the Preservation of Library and Archival
Materials" at the University of Maryland this spring.
- Garry Thomson, author of the Museum Environment and
president of IIC since 1983, announced in January that he would
leave the field of conservation entirely when he retired from his
post at the National Gallery. He resigned the IIC presidency and was
succeeded by Susanne P. Sack.
- Jan and Jarmila Sobota have opened a gallery for graphic arts,
where they will also accept orders for the restoration of books and
prints, at 565 East 185th St., Euclid, Ohio 44119 (216/486-9199). It
is called "Saturdays' Gallery" and is open 2-6 Tuesday and
Wednesday, 10-7 Thursday, 2-7 Friday, and 10-5 Saturday and Sunday.
Jan continues at his job in the Cleveland Health Sciences Library,
and Jarmila is running the Gallery.
- William Bull, head of book conservation at the British Library
India Office Library and Records, was elected President of the
Society of Bookbinders and Book Restorers for 1985/86. Mr. Bull
served an old-fashioned apprenticeship, worked 18 years for
Zaehnsdorf, established the book section at the India Office, and
taught for 12 years at Camberwell.
- Robert Futernick, paper conservator at the Fine Art Museums of
San Francisco, is the 1985/86 President of the Western Association
for Art Conservation.
- Maria Pukownik, former Chief Conservator at both the Regional
Museum and the Scientific Laboratory in Plock, Poland, has accepted
the position of Assistant Conservator with Joseph J. Marotti Co. in
Rutland, Vermont. She took her degree in paper conservation at
Copernicus University. Prior to joining the Marotti staff, she was
in private practice in Rome, Italy.
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