Monday, February 13, 2006

Paper Conservator to Speak, Feb. 21

Paper conservator Susan Filter will give an illustrated slide lecture on "The Conservator’s Work: Treating Artifacts at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts" in the Lecture Hall of Hill Memorial Library on the LSU campus at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21. She will talk about and show examples of the kinds of conservation treatments she has done during her 20-year career, including her work on wall maps and other large-format paper artifacts. This free event is sponsored by the LSU Libraries and is open to the public.

Filter has worked as a professional conservator for paper materials, both historic and modern since 1985. She has given numerous lectures on the preservation of paper based artifacts both at professional conferences and for the general public in the U.S., Italy, and Australia. Her special areas of expertise include treating artifacts on parchment, historic wallpaper, and over-sized paper-based artifacts such as wall maps. In 1992 the Delmas Foundation awarded her a grant to study over-sized maps in Venice, which led to the publication of her article "Historic Intent, Lodovico Ughi’s Topographical Map of Venice" in the American Institute of Conservation’s Book and Paper Annual in 1994.

Filter holds a Diploma di Conservazione e Restauro de Materiale Incisorio from the Universita Internazionale d'Arte, Venice, Italy, and an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California. She joined the Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts (CCAHA) staff in 1989 and served as Senior Conservator. She now maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute of Conservation.

Why Fine Printing? Peter Koch Answers ... Feb. 21

Master printer and book designer Peter Rutledge Koch will speak on "Why Fine Printing: Remarks on the Fate of the Art" in the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21. This free event is open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the LSU Libraries and the Baton Rouge Bibliophiles.

Koch will discuss how he has used his printing business to create and transmit ideas about language and form, both in his own work and by designing and directing collaborative publishing projects with others. He will explore the role of the fine press in the university setting and how a study of the crafts needed to make books can enlighten and enhance appreciation of books and literature. Examples of his work will be on display and attendees will be able to chat informally with Koch after his presentation.

Koch has been designing and printing books and ephemera since 1974, beginning his career in Missoula, Montana and later settling in the San Francisco Bay area. Following the San Francisco literary tradition of fine press printing, he has acquired an international reputation. His clients range from research libraries to bibliophilic organizations, major publishers, and private collectors. Between commissions, he designs, prints and publishes limited editions of ancient Greek philosophers, the musings of maverick poets, and the images of world-renowned wood engravers and photographers. When not working in his studio, he teaches the history of typographic design and printing on the Albion hand press at the University of California, Berkeley's Bancroft Library Press. Koch has collaborated with writers and artists such as W.S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, Margaret Atwood, Robert Duncan, Jess Collins, Thom Gunn, Robert Creeley, Manuel Neri, Joseph Goldyne, Guy Davenport, Ismail Kadare, Robert Bringhurst, and Toni Morrison. He has won numerous prizes for excellence in design, including the Rounce & Coffin Western Books Exhibition Award of Merit, the American Institute for Graphic Arts Award for Excellence, and most recently, the Book Club of California’s Oscar Lewis Award.

To learn more about Peter Koch and his work, visit his website at

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Special Delivery: A Showcase of LSU Libraries Special Collections

A new exhibition, "Special Delivery: A Showcase of LSU Libraries Special Collections," will be on display in Hill Memorial Library on the LSU campus January 30 - April 3, 2006. Materials from all major collections will be on display, illustrating the great variety and range of documents, books, photographs, and artwork that the LSU Libraries preserve and make available to the public for research.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Exhibition viewing hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday and Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. Tuesdays, and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Special Collections Staff on panel at Louisiana Historical Association Meeting

Faye Phillips, Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections, and Elaine Smyth, Curator of Special Collections, willl serve on a panel at the 2006 Louisiana Historical Association meeting in Lafayette, Louisiana, March 24, 2006. L. Bruce Turner of ULL will serve as moderator for the panel discussing "The 2005 Hurricanes and Louisiana's Historical Archive."

Friday, February 03, 2006


Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections welcomes you to its newest online resource: The Special Collections Blog.