Merry Library Block!

Fall semester came to a close with the completion of library block.  Somehow the wonderfully gifted and gracious Chela Metzger managed to pack two guest lecturers, two field trips and three labs into only eight days of class!  We explored topics ranging from the development of reading and the written word to the ubiquitous use of iron gall ink in library and archival materials and finally to how to intensively and preventively treat the complex codex.

One highlight of the block was a field trip to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD.  We had the privilege of a tour of the rare books and manuscripts division by curator Will Noel; his enthusiasm for the manuscripts and gregarious nature made the lecture truly memorable.  We then had a lecture by Abigail Quandt, senior conservator of manuscripts and rare books, and learned about her innovative treatments and solutions to interesting problems during her involvement in the Archimedes Palimpsest Project.  The day culminated, however, with a tour of the Archimedes Palimpsest exhibition, guided by Abigail; none of us were untouched by the amazing feat performed by so many scholars, scientists, curators and conservators to bring dignity and recognition to such an amazing treasure.

But as all great things must, fall semester has come to an end.  As we each head off to be with our families and friends for the holidays and welcoming in the new year, we wish you all a very safe, happy, and restive holiday break!


Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, Will Noel, shows a delightful little lady’s prayer book to Vicky, Tessa and Heather.

2 thoughts on “Merry Library Block!

  1. How awesome! Noel’s book on the entire project of the Archimedes Palimpsest is really wonderful. Looks very exciting!

    • Hi Jennifer. I’m so glad you read the book on the Archimedes Palimpsest. The entire project looked really amazing, and the exhibition was so well organized. I think it’s over now, but the website has all of the conservation videos–definitely worth looking at.

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