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Paul Banks
Paul N. Banks

Paul Banks was one of the most notable preservationists/conservators in the latter half of the 20th century. Banks began his career in the book typography industry working for Viking Press and Clark & Way, while taking book related classes at Columbia. He then went to take part time jobs working for bookbinder Carolyn Horton and teaching bookbinding lessons at Riverside Church. He also wrote committee reports for the Journal of the Guild of Book Workers and attended workshops and seminars on bookbinding. [[#_ftn1|[1]](1)


In 1964, Banks was appointed as Conservator of the newly created Conservation Department for the Newberry Library in Chicago. There, he worked to improve repair techniques and train future conservators. In 1971, Banks became the director of the Newberry Library’s new Conservation Laboratory.[[#_ftn2|[2]](2) At this time, Banks’ interest in the education of future conservators and preservationists grew, and he began publishing papers on conservation topics and creating leaflets that contained important information on training resources and classes. This interest increased in the late 1970s when he began to produce numerous articles on the education of future conservation and preservation professionals. This interest meshed well with his role as the President of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), a position he held from 1978-1980.[[#_ftn3|[3]](3)

In 1981, Banks left the Newberry Library. He and Carolyn Harris went on to help establish conservation and preservation program at Colombia University. This curriculum for this program, designed to train future conservation librarians and preservation administrators, was developed by Banks and Harris, and Banks himself taught classes there. In 1992, he moved with the program to the University of Texas, Austin where he taught until his retirement. Sadly, Banks passed away in the year 2000.[[#_ftn4|[4]](4)

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David Dangler and Gary Frost working in the Newberry Library Conservation Lab
References:

Frost, Gary. "Pioneers of Book Conservation." 2002.http://futureofthebook.com/pioneers-of-book-conservation/ (accessed Dec. 2009).

Newberry Library, "Conservation Department." 2009. http://www.newberry.org/collections/conservation.html (accessed Nov. 2009).

McCrady, Ellen. "In Memoriam: Paul N. Banks 1934-2000." 2000. Abbey Newsletter 24. http://cool.conservation-us.org/byorg/abbey/an/an24/an24-1/an24-102.html

Notes:

[[#_ftnref1|[1]]1 McCrady, Ellen. "In Memoriam: Paul N. Banks 1934-2000." 2000. Abbey Newsletter 24. http://cool.conservation-us.org/byorg/abbey/an/an24/an24-1/an24-102.html
[[#_ftnref2|[2]]2 Newberry Library, "Conservation Department." 2009. http://www.newberry.org/collections/conservation.html (accessed Nov. 2009).
[[#_ftnref3|[3]]3 McCrady, “In Memoriam: Paul N. Banks 1934-2000."
[[#_ftnref4|[4]]4 Frost, Gary. "Pioneers of Book Conservation." 2002.http://futureofthebook.com/pioneers-of-book-conservation/ (accessed Dec. 2009).