Dare to Preserve Texts

Timothy Barrett


Director, Center for the Book
Associate Professor, UICB/School of Library and Information Science

College(s): Graduate College

Timothy Barrett’s research on paper quality, stability, and aesthetics has helped determine how some of the longest-lasting historical papers were made. He and his student co-workers make papers for use in the preservation and conservation of rare books that have a similar look and feel to the historical papers and are designed to last for hundreds if not thousands of years. Barrett and his team made the special paper that now sits beneath the Charters of Freedom (The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and The Constitution) in their encasements at the National Archives Rotunda in Washington, D.C. Learn more.

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