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Robert Espinosa Papers

Identifier: MsC0769

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains mostly photocopies of articles dealing with the binding of books, and preservation and conservation of books. Series I contains the Conservation Classified (boxes 1-12), which is Espinosa's collection on a variety of topics relating to the history, technology, and other aspects of bookbinding and archival conservation. The classification scheme is an expansion of a scheme first proposed by Espinosa in The Abbey Newsletter, Vol. 9, Number 1, part 2. (April 1985). The second series (boxes 12-13) contains Espinosa's personal documents in relation to his work as a scholar and technician of book and archival conservation and preservation.


  • Creation: 1978-2000
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1981-1999


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This collection is open for research.

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Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Espinosa was born in Alamosa, Colorado. He attended Washington University in St. Louis and received a B.A. degree in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He studied book and paper conservation in New York City at the Center for Book Arts (1975 -- 1976) and worked as a Rare Book Conservator for the Library of Congress (1978 -- 1982). In 1982 he joined the faculty of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University as Head of Conservation. He also served as the editor of the Book and Paper Group Annual and assistant editor of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation.


19.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Photocopies of articles on conservation and bookbinding.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Robert Espinosa in 2004.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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