Virtual 35th Biennial Congress of the International Paper Historians

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Monday, 7 June, 2021 to Friday, 11 June, 2021

Investigating American Collections on Paper

The International Association of Paper Historians (IPH) is pleased to announce that registration for its upcoming virtual 35th Biennial Congress is now open. The event will be co-hosted by the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art and the National Archives and Records Administration. The Washington DC organizers have moved the in-person Congress to an online colloquium which will allow greater participation by paper historians, scholars and students from around the world.

The Congress keynote address will be given by the eminent paper historian John Bidwell, Astor Curator and Head of the Department of Printed Books and Bindings at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York. Congress will feature talks given by 35 outstanding international scholars covering a wide variety of topics, including the international paper trade from the 17th century to the present; technical studies of papers used by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Pablo Picasso and Jasper Johns; early handmade papers imported, fabricated and used in North, Central and South America; historical papermakers' equipment; papers used in incunabula, illustrated books and manuscripts, including those associated with the First US Federal Congress; papers used by the Inuit printmakers of Canada and the print publisher Currier & Ives.

Discussion will also include international watermark databases, new methodologies of paper studies, and toolkits for paper and watermark identification. In addition to pre-recorded formal presentations with live question and answer sessions, workshops will also allow participants become familiar with watermark imaging tools and international watermark databases, guided by their creators.

Please make sure to review the instructions listed on the website before proceeding to Register for the Congress.

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