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BPG Member Resources – Publications

Book and Paper Group Annual

The Book and Paper Group Annual is published once a year by the Book and Paper Group (BPG), a specialty group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

The Annual is distributed to members of the Book and Paper Group. Additional copies or back issues are available from AIC. All correspondence concerning subscriptions, memberships, back issues, and address changes should be addressed to the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 1717 K Street, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20006.

The Book and Paper Group Annual is a non-juried publication. Papers presented at the Book and Paper Session of the annual meeting of the AIC are selected by committee based on abstracts. After presentation authors have the opportunity to revise their papers before submitting them for publication in the Annual; there is no further selection review of these papers. Independent submissions are published at the discretion of the BPG Publications Committee. Authors are responsible for the content and accuracy of their submissions and for the methods and/or materials they present. Publication in the Annual does not constitute official statements or endorsement by the BPG or by AIC.

Print copies of all BPG Annual back issues (except volumes 4 and 16, which are out-of-print) are available for $20 AIC members/$30 non-members, plus postage & handling. To order, see AIC Online Store.


Book Conservation Catalog

The primary purpose of the Book Conservation Catalog is to become a practical guide to techniques, treatments, materials and technologies which are currently being used by book conservators. The online Book Conservation Catalog will reflect the exciting variety of approaches people are taking – so if you're a practicing book conservator, this is the place to talk about the particulars of the profession.

As of June 2014, the BPG Wiki has been overseen by two volunteer Wiki Coordinators, one book and one paper, who report to the BPG PubComm chair. They are responsible for leading BPG Wiki efforts and content contribution, and can be reached at BookandPaperGroup.Wiki [at] gmail [dot] com. Like all BPG volunteer positions, the Wiki Group Coordinators serve on rotating, renewable three-year terms.

Access the Book Conservation Catalog on AIC's wiki.


Paper Conservation Catalog

The Paper Conservation Catalog is a catalog of conservation treatments for art and historic artifacts on paper. The intention is to record a variety of treatment procedures in current use or with a history of use. The catalog is designed for practicing paper conservators and is intended as an aid in the decision-making process. The project is a collective volunteer effort of the BPG, with members compiling catalog chapters and making long or short contributions to these chapters. Treatment chapters are divided into six sections: Purpose, Factors to Consider, Materials and Equipment, Treatment Variations, Bibliography, and Special Considerations. The 1984 pilot committee drafted three prototype chapters in the standard format to serve as examples. From 1985 to 1994, twenty-two additional chapters were completed. Individual conservators are also needed on an ongoing basis to compile and contribute to new treatment topics. 

Access the Paper Conservation Catalog on AIC's wiki.

Paper Conservation Catalog (PDF)