She was previously featured in a blog post, and is the Chief Conservator for Special Collections at Harvard University Libraries where she heads the Weissman Preservation Center Conservation Lab. As the Faculty Fellow, Pamela is teaching a new class entitled Large Papers into Small Places – Atlas Structure this fall!
Were you aware that the commonly held belief that the Greek legend Atlas was forced to hold the world on his shoulders is incorrect? In fact, he was condemned to stand at the edge of earth and hold up the heavens to keep them separate. An even taller order than merely holding up a single planet. Much like atlases today are charged with containing a wealth of information within their covers. In order to fit it all in, bookmakers have been folding large pages and modifying book structures for quite some time.
Printers/binders in the past wrestled with how to fold and attach maps/plates to fit into the book format. The focus of this workshop is folding, guarding and spine compensation techniques she has observed during surveys and conservation of historic atlases. We will make a small and fat, bound sample binding of various solutions to this dilemma. The class is useful for binders, conservators and book artists – anyone who wants to connect oversize papers into a book format.
If you are interested in creating your own atlases or incorporating large papers into books in other ways, you can sign up for this special class here! The class will take place on October 26 and 27 , Saturday and Sunday from10am to 4pm.