Washington State, Book Restoration and Paper Conservation


Thank you for your interest. My name is Gudrun Aurand.
I offer conservation and restoration services of books bound in cloth and leather. Books may be restored as closely as feasible to their original state or may receive minimal mending. I will make custom bindings and custom boxes and enclosures according to your wishes. 
I preserve and restore paper based objects including prints, news prints, drawingsmaps and a variety of documents. Documents include Trauscheine (marriage licenses), Us Army discharge papers; land grants and more.

Treatment may range from washing, de-acidification and mending of paper to encapsulation of fragile documents. Custom boxes may be created to house  ephemera.

My business is located in Olympia, WA.
I meet with patrons by appointment.

Telephone: 360.464.7660

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Let me know what your needs and questions are, I will be more than happy to help.
I am looking forward to hearing from you. Gudrun Aurand.


Biography: Gudrun Aurand is a practicing Bookbinder and Paper Conservator. Her experience comes from traveling a long and winding road along paths of the world of books.

She received her MLS at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Apprenticed for five years with Jim Croft a Master Craftsman in the Art and Craft of Medieval Bookbinding, Gothic Period (www.traditionalhand.com/oldway/).

Worked as Bookbinder/Conservator for Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections MASC (http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/ in Pullman, WA).
During this time was awarded advanced internships for professional development.
2005 Etherington Conservation Center (ECC) in Greensboro, N.C; 2003 Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.; 2001 ZfB Zentrum für Bucherhaltung (Center for Book Preservation) in Leipzig, Germany learning about Paper Splitting Technology.

Encourages consultation. The patron's concerns will be addressed, and a course of action appropriate to the item in question will be determined.

A few definitions:

Preservation is a branch of library and information science concerned with maintaining or restoring access to artifacts, documents and records through the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of decay and damage.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How is conservation different from restoration?

Sometimes confusion arises about the terms "restoration" and "conservation." Restoration is actually a type of conservation treatment. It specifically refers to an attempt to bring cultural property closer to its original appearance. The other type of conservation treatment is stabilization, which refers to an attempt to maintain the integrity of cultural property and to only minimize deterioration.
Definition from the AIC webpage (American Institue for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works).

In my professional career I have been actively involved with Preservation, Conservation and Restoration. Each field has its own merit. G.A.

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