Event | Courses and Workshops Peek Inside the Lab: Two Mini Presentations

Date and Location

  • When: Friday, April 30, 2021

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Online Only

Part of Preservation Week

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The Conservation and Digitization of the Yongle Dadian

Presenters will discuss the condition review, conservation treatment, and digitization of the Yongle Dadian, a manuscript encyclopedia from around 1565. The encyclopedia was first commissioned in 1403 by the Yongle emperor. When completed in 1408 the Yongle Dadian comprised 11,095 manuscript volumes, recording an enormous scope of Chinese life and culture. It is believed that none of the original 1408 volumes survived, but there are approximately 400 known volumes from the 16th century edition. This presentation will discuss how success of this project is dependent on conservation team working together with the other library entities, and how the size of the Yongle Dadian, its complicated history, and cultural significance impacted each phase of decision making process.

American Book Design Buffet

This presentation will focus on three important people in the world of 19th and early 20th century book design: John Feely, Sarah Wyman Whitman and Margaret Armstrong. All three were working in the years that are referred to as the golden age of book design – the feast of books published with beautiful covers between 1870 and 1920. The remarkable thing about this age of beautiful books is they were every day books for every day buyers, modestly priced and widely available.