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The making of paper began in China in the first century A.D. Up until then, writing was done on papyrus or vellum. Paper-making techniques moved along the Silk Road from East to West, arriving in Europe in about the 13th century. Demand for paper was strong, since it was so much cheaper and quicker to produce, and allowed for greater dissemination of written materials.
This talk will concentrate on the improving techniques and uses of paper in Europe from the time of its introduction until the present. There will be visuals and samples to illustrate this very interesting and culture-changing technology.
Cindy Ostroff has an MLS and an Advanced Certificate in Book Preservation from Columbia University. She worked for thirteen years at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University as a book conservator, conserving rare and ancient books and manuscripts, such as a 9th century Syrian Haggadah written on vellum, as well as rare modern ones, like Cole Porter’s journals.