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Women and the Industrialization of 19th-Century American Publishers’ Bindings


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Todd Pattison (Senior Book Conservator, Northeast Document Conservation Center)

Bookbinding establishments in America at the beginning of the 19th century were small, independent shops employing a handful of workers that turned out a relatively small amount of bindings. By the end of the century, many binderies were large factories controlled by publishers producing thousands of finished bindings per day. This lecture will explore the important role that female labour played in the industrialization of bookbinding in America during the 19th century and challenge the myth of the machine-made publishers’ bindings.

Treasures and Tea brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.

Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library, Room A003, University of Victoria

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