Here are just a few resources we’ve found to be helpful.
Hundreds of libraries and archives exist online, from university-supported sites to individual efforts. Each one has something to offer to researchers, students, and teachers. This list contains over 250 libraries and archives that focus mainly on localized, regional, and U.S. history, but it also includes larger collections, eText and eBook repositories, and a short list of directories to help you continue your research efforts.
The sites listed here are mainly open access, which means that the digital formats are viewable and usable by the general public.
This is a selected listing for the convenience of Aldus Society members. It may not include all providers of these services. Phone numbers are current as of December 2014. Inclusion on the list is not a recommendation regarding level of quality in craftsmanship, timeliness, pricing, or full services.
- OSU Libraries Conservation Unit: consultation and assistance with book and paper conservation. (614) 292-0342
- Pennington Custom Art Services, Val Pennington, proprietor: custom and museum quality framing; paper conservation. 3047 Indianola Ave. Columbus. (614) 263-8133
- Ann Carroll Kearney: book conservation – (330) 659-9232 (NE Ohio)
- Cris Clair Takacs: books, boxes – (216) 286-9773 (Cleveland area)
- Mckay Lodge Conservation: art on paper, paintings – (440) 774-4215 (Oberlin)
- Strong Bindery: hand bookbinding, marbling, classes. Leather, cloth, paper — (216) 231- 0001 (Cleveland area)
Contact: Ellen Strong, email@example.com.
- Gabrielle Fox Butler: books, fine binding – (513) 304-5758 (Cincinnati)
- ECS Conservation, books, paper, photographs, boxes, matting and framing, scanning – (800) 444-7534 or (800) 334-3628
- Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), books, paper – (215) 545-0613 (Philadelphia, PA)
- Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), books, paper, photographs – (978) 470-1010 (Andover, MA)
- Gaylord Bros. (800) 448-6160 – call for free archival materials catalog
- Light Impressions (800) 975-6429 – call for free catalog
- University Products (800) 762-1165 – call for free archival materials catalog
- American Institute for Conservation of Art and Historic Artifacts (AIC) – (202) 452-9545, firstname.lastname@example.org (Washington, DC). Click on “Find a Conservator” for a listing of conservation professionals working in various regions and in particular specialties.
Associations and Book Searches
Books on Books and Book Collecting
Basbanes, Nicholas A. Among the Gently Mad. 2002
Basbanes, Nicholas A. A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. 1995
Basbanes, Nicholas A. Patience & Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture. 2002
Carter, John. ABC for Book Collectors. Rev.1998
Goldstone, Lawrence and Nancy. Out of the Flames: the Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World. 2002
Goldstone, Lawrence and Nancy. Slightly Chipped: Footnotes in Booklore. 1999
Goldstone, Lawrence and Nancy. Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World. 1997
Goldstone, Lawrence and Nancy. Warmly Inscribed: The New England Forger and Other Book Tales. 2001
Man, John. Gutenberg: How One Man Remade the World with Words. 2002
Manguel, Alberto. A History of Reading. 1996
Petroski, Henry. The Book on the Bookshelf. 1999
Rostenberg, Leona and Stern, Madeleine. Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion. 1997
Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Book of Books. 1992
Wilcox, Annie Tremmel. A Degree of Mastery: A Journey through Book Arts Apprenticeship. 1999