Conference: “International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (ICHORA 6),” Austin, Texas, USA, August 2-4, 2012

International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (ICHORA 6)

“Exploring Shared Heritage in the History of Archives with Libraries, Information Science/Documentation, Preservation/Conservation, and Museums”
Austin, Texas, USA
August 2-4, 2012

Early bird registration ends July 1, 2012

Further information:

Twenty-first century archivists and librarians, information scientists and documentalists, preservation administrators and conservators, and museum professionals share a common rich enterprise of managing information. Yet the fields of each through time have included work that others stake as their province. Consequently through the centuries this shared heritage often has been honored in rivalry grounded:

  • in the different purposes archivists and librarians, museum curators and administrators, information scientists and documentalists, and preservation administrators and conservators have claimed as their work
  • in the different traditions of practice grown up to deliver the special contribution of each field to society
  • in the education appropriate to practicing in each tradition

The papers gathered for this sixth ICHORA meeting address these questions and contextualize them by including a strong set of archival history papers. We anticipate a rich opportunity for scholarly discussion around the papers and the opportunities offered by our venues.

Abstracts of papers to be presented are now available:


Meeting location and local archives: Most of the paper sessions will be held in the Prothro Theater in the Harry Ransom Center, home of a world-class archives of literature and publishing. Attendees will be hosted at a reception with tours at the Briscoe Center for American History, known for its broad holdings of historical manuscripts pertaining to the history of the United States. Other significant archival institutions exist on campus (the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the Benson Center for Latin American History, the Alexander Architectural Archives) and all are prepared to welcome researchers who may have a few additional days to spend in Austin. All of these institutions can be reached through their websites, all of which are listed at:


This list does not exhaust the archival wealth of Austin, which is also the home of the Texas State Library and Archives, the Austin History Center (the city archives), the Catholic Archives of Texas, the Presbyterian Archives, the Texas General Land Office, and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, to name a few within easy reach of the campus.

Registration rates:

Full Registration (Early Bird until July 1, 2012): US $200
Full Registration: US $250
Student Registration: US $100
Day Registration: US $100

Dinner only (for banquet guests; must accompany a participant in the conference and should be included in a participant’s

registration): US $55

To register by credit card see


Professor Patricia Galloway
School of Information
University of Texas at Austin
1616 Guadalupe, Suite 5.202
Austin, Texas 78701-1213

Conference: “The Future’s Bright: Managing Colour Change in Light Sensitive Collections” in Stockholm, Sweden, 15-16 November 2012

Stockholm, Sweden
15-16 November 2012

This two day event will address one of the most pertinent issues in modern collections care: How to assess and manage colour change in light sensitive objects whilst still enabling collections access. The event will cover: accelerated fading techniques (microfading and spectrophotometry) anoxic framing and solid state lighting (SSL) and will include workshop demonstrations of microfading technology. This conference will be of interest to anyone who works with light sensitive collections; however, it is primarily aimed at conservators and conservation managers. The focus will be the practical application and use of these techniques and technologies for conservators who do not work with an in-house conservation science team.

The event will be held in English.

Cost: 995 SEK

For more information please email futuresbright [at] nationalmuseum__se.

Call for Papers and Posters : 12th ICOM-CC Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference (WOAM)

Call for Papers and Posters : 12th ICOM-CC Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference (WOAM)

Istanbul, Turkey

May 13-17, 2013

Aims of the Conference

  • To present relevant case studies in the conservation of wet organic archaeological materials
  • To disseminate scientific research results in the field of wet organic archaeological materials
  • To promote the application of new materials and technologies for conservation as well as new tools for analysis and documentation
  • To identify further research and to provide networking for future activities

The Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Working Group has decided to focus on the following subjects. The list is not inclusive and all topics of relevance to the analysis, treatment and care of wet organics are welcome.

  • Pre-conservation storage
  • In-situ preservation and reburial
  • New materials for the conservation of organic materials
  • Re-treatment of artifacts with particular reference to alum inĀ  wood
  • Acids (sulphur and iron) formation in organic materials
  • Categorization of materials, wood degradation and analysis
  • Post-conservation display and storage
  • Review of the samples from the 1987 International Comparative Wood Treatment Study
  • Reports on ongoing conservation projects and case studies

Due Dates:

Sept 15, 2012: Submission of abstracts for papers or posters

Abstracts for Peer Review papers (title, authors and text, maximum 800 words, no images or graphs)

Please indicate if Paper is for Peer Review.

Abstracts for all other papers and posters (title, authors and text, maximum 400 words, no images or graphs) Abstracts for papers or posters should be submitted by e-mail to: tara.grant [at] pch__gc__ca

Oct 15, 2012: Approval of abstracts, speakers and posters, notification of authors

Jan 15, 2013: Submission of Peer Review Papers

April 30, 2013: Submission of all other papers or posters submitted for publication.

Late acceptance of Non-peer reviewed papers may be accepted if space remains.

All papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more information about submitting an abstract, please contact tara.grant [at] pch__gc__ca

For more information concerning the conference please go to

Tara Grant, Coordinator WOAM

Senior Conservator – Archaeology

Canadian Conservation Institute

1030 Innes Road

Ottawa ON K1A 0M5

613-998-3721 ext 227

6th Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Competition and Exhibition Winners

The 6th Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Competition and Exhibition for American Bookbinding took place Friday, June 8, 2012 at Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University and it was a great day!

There were 31 entrants in the competition (almost a doubling from last Triennial’s participation); great workshops by Karen Hanmer, Shanna Leino, and Chela Metzger; a superb and personal luncheon presentation by Priscilla Spitler on her design and realization of the binding from that 2009 award-winning design; many moving memorials to Jan Sobota; and a wonderful awards ceremony and exhibition opening–the Bridwell Library staff did a fantastic job of everything!

The winners at this Triennial’s competition are:

Jana Pullman
2012 Award for Design

Eleanore Edwards Ramsey
2012 Award for Excellence in Fine Binding

David John Lawrence
2012 DeGolyer Award for American Bookbinding


BROMEC 33, the Bulletin of Research on Metal Conservation is now available online

BROMEC 33, the Bulletin of Research on Metal Conservation is now
available online at the following websites:

Nine research abstracts and five announcements are presented,
together with the usual lists of related contacts and informative
metal research/conservation websites and discussion groups.

You will find English, French and Spanish language versions for
downloading as PDF documents.

As a reader, or potential contributor, we trust you will find this
issue informative and useful.

BROMEC Editorial Team

Anglophone Editor and Translator:
James Crawford

Francophone Coeditor:
Michel Bouchard

Hispanophone Coeditor:
Emilio Cano

Francophone Translators:

Nathalie Richard
Elodie Guilminot
Marc Voisot

Hispanophone Translators:

Diana Lafuente
Inmaculada Traver

Call for Volunteers–University College London

UCL Special Collections seek conservation volunteers to help clean
and preserve its renowned collections of rare books and archives.
This work will lead to some of these collections being digitised. If
you’d like to help us with this important programme, and thereby
gain valuable experience in the field of library collections
preservation and care, please contact:

Fred Bearman ACR
Preservation Librarian
UCL Library Services
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
f.bearman [at] ucl__ac__uk