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Monday, May 16 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
(Book and Paper) The Coptic Binding Collection at the Morgan Library & Museum: History, Conservation and Access

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The Morgan Library & Museum (ML&M) houses the largest single cache of Coptic manuscripts and bindings in the world. The manuscripts were discovered in a hidden well, intact, but in a deteriorated state, in the Fayyum Oasis near Hamuli, Egypt in 1910. This presentation discusses the history of these over fifty manuscripts from their discovery, through the recent initiative to digitize the bindings and provide safe, accessible housings for the collection. The talk will include the discovery and purchase of the collection, the conservation of the manuscripts at the Vatican, and their eventual return to the Morgan Library. The conservation treatment decisions and their consequences for the bindings will be discussed. The physical condition of the 9th and 10th century bindings will be detailed, as will the rationale for the special housings created for them. A century after their discovery, the digitization and re-housing efforts have provided access to a previously inaccessible collection.


Georgia Southworth

Conservator, Georgia Southworth Conservation
Georgia Southworth is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, and is a book conservator in the Department of Photograph Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also works contractually with numerous New York based cultural institutions, including Columbia University, The Morgan Library & Museum, Yale Center for British Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
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Francisco H. Trujillo

Associate Book Conservator, The Morgan Library and Museum
Francisco Trujillo is the Associate Book Conservator at the Morgan Library & Museum. He graduated from the Preservation and Conservation Studies Program at The University of Texas, Austin.

Monday May 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 210 AB/EF

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