The Master’s program first-year paper block includes an introduction to papermaking and paper history, paper’s deterioration, print and drawing process identification, basic conservation treatments, and housing. During the second year, students wishing to study paper conservation receive a more in-depth introduction to paper conservation. Emphasis is placed on the students’ understanding of basic treatment skills, including design stability tests, surface cleaning, attachment removal, humidification, bathing and drying, stain reduction, paper inserts, pulp fills, mends, and matting and framing. Other topics are addressed as they relate to particular treatments.
Paper conservation majors are supervised by Joan Irving. Paper majors often take additional concentrations in photographic materials, books and library conservation, or preventive conservation.