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I trained at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, one of the premier book-arts programs in the United States, and have approximately 60 credit hours of graduate study (comparable to most Ph.D. programs).  My training included letterpress printing, Western and Japanese paper making, and paper decoration (things like marbled papers), but primarily my focus was on book structures and conservation.  In 1992 I opened Legacy Bookbindery, and have since worked as a private book and document conservator, with a focus on preserving items of historical importance.  Such items require particular conservation care in order to preserve not just the information they contain but also their unique character in terms of structure and materials used, as a reference and resource for future generations.

Youíll find me listed on the State of Missouriís website list of qualified conservators.  I have also been a member of the Guild of BookWorkers and the American Institute of Conservation, and subscribe to the standards and practices of those organizations as applicable to my work as a private conservator.

I have done extensive work for the University of Missouri Special Collections, the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri Supreme Court libraries, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources - State Historic Sites program, numerous county historical societies and museums,and countless individuals from Canada to Panama.

Appropriate references are available to serious inquiries.  Also, please look at some of the items listed on the Noteworthy Projects page for an idea of my range of skills and accomplishments.

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