This two-day workshop concentrates on the care and conservation of paper objects in historical collections. Participants will learn the specific needs of paper objects and get hands-on experience in dealing with their care and conservation.Paper Workshop

Topics to be covered include:

An Introduction to Preservation of Historical Collections

  • Intro to Paper Materials and how they react to Environment
  • Intro to Environmental Monitoring; Pest Management
  • Intro to Storage Models including acid-free enclosures, cradles, and micro climates


  • Characteristics of Paper Materials in the Your Collection (samples examined with small hand-held microscopes)
  • Surface characteristics of paper
  • Coated papers
  • Media

Demonstration and participation (hands-on)

  • Condition Survey
  • Humidification Chamber
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Mending technique

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is targeted to experienced staff and volunteers with responsibility for paper based collections.


StEPs Connections:
This workshop may help institutions achieve the standards in the Stewardship of Collections section of AASLH’s StEPs program.


Ramona Duncan-Huse
is senior director of Conservation at the Indiana Historical Society and a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation. She has managed the preservation and treatment to the society’s rare collection of manuscripts, printed and photographic collections for more than twenty-five years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and as a Fulbright Scholar and Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellow received a certificate in Conservation from the Textile Conservation Center formerly located at Hampton Court Palace in the United Kingdom, now located at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Susan Rogers is senior conservator at the Indiana Historical Society where she treats works on paper, parchment, and photographic materials. Rogers recently moved back to the Midwest after a 20 year stint in Southern California where she last worked as the Cotsen Chief Preservation Officer at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Rogers earned her undergraduate degree in both Asian Studies and Fine Arts at the University of Colorado. She attended graduate school in Art History at the University of Iowa, and earned the additional certificate in Conservation with funding from the Mellon Foundation in Los Angeles and London.

Kathy Lechuga is book conservator at the Indiana Historical Society and a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.  Previously she was the Conservation Lab Manager at the Preservation Lab, a collaborative lab created between the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the University of Cincinnati.  Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Kathy was  Assistant Conservator for The University of Notre Dame Libraries where she had previously completed her third year conservation training internship.  She earned her Master’s of Science in Information Studies and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010.  Kathy has held paraprofessional positions in the book and paper conservation labs of the Indiana Historical Society, the Center for American History in Austin, Texas and in the textile conservation labs of The Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Textile Conservation Services in Indianapolis.


Tentative Agenda:

The workshop will begin with registration at 8 a.m. on Monday and conclude at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.  A final workshop agenda and participant materials will be distributed at registration.