Preservation Lab Design Bibliography

Compiled by Heather Caldwell Kaufman, Preservation Services Librarian/Collections Conservator, MIT Libraries (January 2006)

Ackerman, John. “A Whaling Library for Massachusetts: Report from New Bedford.” Wilson Library Bulletin (Oct. 1981): 100–104.

Adcock, Edward, comp. “The Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Kuntste, Stuttgart.” Paper Conservation News no. 79 (Sept. 1996).

Al-Naqshbandi, A. “The Iraq Museum Laboratory, Baghdad.” Studies in Conservation 18 (1973): 36–42.

Alkalaj, Stella. “The Chemical Laboratory for Hygiene, Conservation and Restoration of Damaged Written Materials.” Restaurator 1, no. 2 (1969): 87–91.

Althofer, H. “The Dusseldorf Restoration Studio,” Studies in Conservation 15 (1970): 223–24.

Andrews. “A Visit to the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale.” Guild of Bookworkers Journal 2, no. 3, (spring 1965): 29–34.

Boomgaarden, Wesley L. Preservation Planning Program Resource Notebook, rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: ARL, Office of Management Studies, 1987.

Brandt, Charles A.E., “Restoration in Europe September-December 1975 as Observed by a Canadian Conservator,” Guild of Bookworkers Journal, 14, no. 3 (spring 1976): 8–25.

“Building a New Agenda: Economic Pressures, Technological Innovation, and Access to Information.” Issued as Minutes of the 199th Meeting, October 23-35, 1991. Washington, D.C.: ARL, 1992.

Bulley, Emma. “Setting Up and Running a Bindery.” The New Bookbinder 6 (1986): 65–73.

Bush, Mary. “Textile Conservation at Mawangdui.” Museum News, 59 (May/June 1981): 46–47.

Cains, Anthony G. “The conservation, repair and preservation of books and manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin.” PACT, no.12 (1985): 227–37.

Cullison, Bonnie Jo. “New Conservation Facilities at the Newberry Library.” Conservation Administration News no. 22 (1985): 22–23.

Darling, Pamela W. and Webster, Duane E. Preservation Planning Program: An Assisted Self-Study Manual for Libraries. Washington, D.C.: ARL, Office of Management Studies, 1982.

Davies, John. “A Study of the Basic Standards and Methods in Preservation and Restoration Workshops Applicable to Developing Countries.” Brussels: ICA/UNESCO, 1973.

DeCandido, Robert. “The Changing Role of an In-House Bindery: The New York Public Library's Custom Binding and Repair Section.” Library Scene 8 (June 1978): 3–5.

Dix, Ursus et al. “The Pacific Conservation Centre.” Canadian Conservation Institute Journal, 1 (1976): 26–28.

Ellsworth, Ralph E. Planning the College and University Library Building: A Book for Campus Planners and Architects. Boulder, Colo.: Pruett Pr., 1968.

Ellsworth, Ralph E. Planning Manual for Academic Library Buildings. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Pr., 1973.

Field, Marcus. “Renovation Gives V&A a Home for Conservation.” Architects’ Journal (Feb. 1996).

Flieder, F. “Le Centre de Recherches sur la Conservation des Documents Graphiiques, Paris.” Studies in Conservation 20 (1975): 20–29.

Forde, Helen. “Setting Up a Conservation Workshop.” Library Conservation News 35 (year unknown): 3, 6. Also published in A Reading Guide to the Preservation of Library Collections. Geraldine Kenny, ed. London: Library Association Publishing, 1991.

Gettens, R. J. “Examining Tables in Use at the Freer Gallery of Art." Studies in Conservation 4 (1959): 23–27.

Giatas, Mary Genett. “Librarians Inspired at the American Museum of Natural History.” Library Scene 8 (Mar. 1979): 2–3.

Henry, Walter. “Notes on Conservation Lab Design.” Conservation OnLine Jan. 1992. Accessed January 29, 2006,

Huxtable, Merryl. “Time for a Change–The New Paper Conservation Studios.” V&A Conservation Journal, no. 20 (July 1996).

Johnson, Doyle. “Dust Collection System.” Fine WoodWorking Techniques 2 (1980): 22–24.

Kaufman, Heather. “Ergonomic Considerations for Furniture and Equipment in a New Conservation Lab.” Archival Products News 10, no. 4 (Dec. 2003). Accessed January 29, 2006,

Koenigsberg, J. “Building a Safe Laboratory Environment.” American Laboratory, 19 no. 9 (June 1987): 96–106.

Leighton, D. and Weber, David C. Planning Academic and Research Library Buildings. 2d ed. Chicago: ALA, 1986. (Note section on “Processing Staff,” pp. 238–39.)

Lowry, M. D. “Preservation and Conservation in the Small Library.” Small Library Publications no. 15. Chicago: Library and Administration Management Association, American Library Association, 1989.

Luiza de Macedo, Maria, “Conservation at Princeton University Library.” CAN, no. 21.

Makar, Ragai. “Conservation of Special Materials in the University of Utah Middle East Library.” MELA Notes 31 (winter 1984): 17–24.

Mason, Ellsworth. “Managing the Planning of a Library Building.” In Current Concepts in Library Management. Martha Boaz, ed. Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1979.

Mason, Ellsworth. Mason on Library Buildings. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Pr., 1980.

McCrady, Ellen, ed. “New Labs.” Abbey Newsletter 6, no. 2 (April 1982). Accessed Janaury 29, 2006,

Merril-Oldham, Jan. “Conservation and Preservation of Library Materials: A Program for the University of Connecticut Libraries.” Univ. of Connecticut, 1984.

Merril-Oldham, Jan., ed. “Preservation: A Research Library Priority for the 1990s.” Issued as Minutes of the 111th Meeting, October 21-22, 1987. Nicola Daval, ed. Washington, D.C.: ARL, 1988. Also published as Meeting the Preservation Challenge. Jan Merril-Oldham, ed. Washington, D.C.: ARL, 1989.

Merril Oldham, Jan et al. Preservation Program Models: A Study Project and Report. Washington, D.C.: Committee on Preservation of Research Library Materials, Association of Research Libraries, 1991.

Metcalf, Keyes D. Planning Academic and Research Library Buildings. New York: McGraw Hill, 1965.

Milevski, R. J. and Nainis, L. “Implementing a Book Repair and Treatment Program.” Library Resources and Technical Services 31, no. 2 (1987): 159–72.

The Morgan Library. “Collections: Thaw Conservation Center, Web page.” Accessed Janaury 29, 2006,

Morrow, Carolyn Clark and Dyal, Carole. Conservation Treatment Procedures: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Maintenance and Repair of Library Materials. 2d ed. Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1986.

National Park Service. “Museum Facility Specifications: Selected References.” Conserve O Gram no. 20/1 (Sept. 1999). Accessed January 29, 2006,
“New Preservation Facilities.” AB Bookman's Weekly, 71, no. 20 (May 16, 1983): 2.

Nunemaker, John E. “Planning Laboratories: A Step by Step Process.” American Laboratory 19, no.4 (Mar. 1987): 104–12.

Organ, R. M. “An Adaptable Compact Modular Bench.” Studies in Conservation 32 (1987): 41–46.

Organ, R. M. Design for Scientific Conservation of Antiquities. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press/Butterworths, 1968.

Peterson, Kenneth G. “Preservation at the Morris Library, Southern Illinois University.” In Library Preservation Program: Models, Priorities, Possibilities: Proceedings of a Conference 29 April 1983. Jan Merrill-Oldham and Merrily Smith, eds. Chicago: ALA, 1985, 41–50.

Piggot, Michael, “Conservation.” In Keeping Archives. Anne Pederson, ed. Sydney: Australian Society of Archivists, 1987.

Preservation Planning Program, Iowa State University Library: Final Report. Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Studies, 1987.

Reed, Judith. “A Nucleus of Guidance, A Center for Preservation.” Library Trends 9 (Sept. 1980): 12–13.

Reicher, Leslie. “Planning a Conservation Treatment Program: Lab Design, Workflow, and Materials Management.” Paper from ACRL/NEC Preservation/Conservation Interest Group. May 1998. Photocopy.

Renaldo, Chiara F. “Applause for the Ingenuity of a University's Conservation and Binding Department.” Library Scene 9 (Dec. 1979): 6–7.

Riederer, Josef. “The Rathgen Research Laboratory at Berlin.” Studies in Conservation 21 (1976): 67–73.

Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn. Archives and Manuscript Conservation: A Manual on Physical Care and Management. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1983.

Roche, Roger et al. “The Atlantic Conservation Centre.” Canadian Conservation Institute Journal, 1 (1976): 2, 3–26.

Roper, Michael. “Planning, Equipping and Staffing an Archival Preservation and Conservation Service. RAMP Study with Guidelines.” Paris, UNESCO, 1989.

Rowley, Gordon and Ivan Hanthorn. “Designing a Conservation Treatment Facility: Charting a Course into a Less Familiar Region of Planning for Libraries.” Journal of Academic Librarianship (Mar. 1996): 97–104.

Schlosser, Mary C. “A Visit to the Morgan Library.” Guild of Bookworkers Journal, 6, no. 3 (spring 1968): 18–20.

Schur, Susan E. “Conservation Profile: The Preservation Office of the Library of Congress.” Technology & Conservation 2 (1982): 26–33.

Schur, Susan E. “Conservation Profile: The Northeast Document Conservation Center.” Technology & Conservation 3 (1982): 32–39.

Schur, Susan E. “Laboratory Profile: The Anthropology Conservation Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution.” Technology & Conservation 4 (1981): 26–35.

Schur, Susan E. “Laboratory Profile: The Conservation Services Laboratory of the Detroit Institute of Arts.” Technology & Conservation 3 (1983): 26–40.

Schur, Susan E. “Library/Conservation Profile: The Newberry Library.” Technology & Conservation, 2 (1981): 22–31.

Schur, Susan E. “The Textile Conservation Center, Merrimack Valley Textile Museum.” Technology & Conservation 1 (1982): 20–25.

Shenton, Helen. “Book Conservation Studio.” V&A Conservation Journal no. 20 (July 1996).

Shenton, Helen. “New Paper and Book conservation studios at the Victoria and Albert Museum.” Paper Conservation News, no. 78 (June 1996).

Shores, Franklin. “A Clean Room for a Small Conservation Laboratory.” AIC Preprints, Fifteenth Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1987): 118–23.

Stephens, James G. “The Texas Book Arts Guild.” Guild of Bookworkers Journal, 12, no. 1 (fall 1973): 3–5.

Stewart, Eleanore. “Special Collections Conservation.” In Preservation Issues and Planning. Paul N. Banks and Roberta Pilette, eds. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000.

Tank, Ron et al. “Setting Up a Conservation Studio.” WAAC Newsletter 3, no. 2 (May 1981). Accessed January 29, 2006,

Taylor, W. Thomas. “The Iowa Center for the Book.” American Craft vol. 47, no.3 (June/July 1987): 26–33.

Thangavelu S. “The Conservation Laboratory of the Tamil Nadu Government Museum, Madras.” Studies in Conservation 17 (1972): 195–201.

Thrun, Robert R. “The Role of the Architect in Library Planning.” In Creative Planning of Special Library Facilities. Ellis Mount, ed. New York: Haworth Pr., 1988.

Turner, Decherd. “The Self-Destructing Book.” Discovery: Research and Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin 6 no.3 (spring 1982): 27–31.

Urbon, B. “The New Conservation Studios of the Museum of the Province of Wurttemberg.” Studies in Conservation 15 (1970): 225–30.

Walsh, Timothy. “A Typical Conservation Laboratory.” Archives and Manuscripts: Australian Society of Archivists Journal 7, no. 5 (Nov., 1979): 268–75.

Watts, Ellen. “The Mayer Art Center of the Phillips Exeter Academy: An Engaging Combination of Adaptive Reuse & New Construction.” Technology & Conservation 3 (1982): 20–31.