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Donald "Don" Etherington Papers

Identifier: MSS 0265

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the professional and personal papers and materials of conservator and bookbinder Don Etherington. It documents Etherington's extensive career in conservation, instruction, administration, consultation, and fine bookbinding. Project files highlight individual bookbinding and conservation projects, as well as consultations establishing or improving conservation practices in libraries and special collections. Significant projects include the Charters of Freedom, Puerto Rico Consitution, Magna Carta, and work conducted at the University of Texas at Austin at the Harry Ransom Humantities Research Center. A large portion of the collection documents Etherington's administrative work within the bookbinding and conservation professional communities, including developing professional standards and presentations and lectures at conferences and institutions.

Association files also include instructional materials from the Southampton College of Art and the Library of Congress. Correspondence files document personal and professional communication. The collection also contains Etherington's autobiography drafts and materials, clippings, and miscellaneous publications. Also included in the collection are papers, materials, and catalogs related to his wife, bookbinder Monique Lallier.

Materials are primarily textual; other formats include sketches, blueprints, photographs, notebooks, ephemera, and catalogs.


  • 1950s-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1970s-1990s
  • Other: Date acquired: 2007 March 8


Conditions Governing Access

Collection in open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Donald Etherington (1935- ), known professionally as Don Etherington, was born in England and began his career in bookbinding as an apprentice. He later helped establish instructional programs at the Southampton College of Art. Shortly after his participation in the conservation recovery following the Florence flood of 1966, Etherington moved to the United States and began conservation and training at the Library of Congress. From 1980-1987, Etherington worked for the University of Texas at Austin at the Harry Ransom Humanties Research Center. In 1987, Etherington married bookbinder Monique Lallier and was hired by Information Conservation, Incorporated, in Greensboro, North Carolina to develop a book and paper conservation division; this later became Etherington Conservation Services.


15.00 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials



Don Etherington (1935- ), is known internationally for his work in the field of book and paper conservation and bookbinding. The collection contains the personal and professional materials of Etherington's career as conservator, instructor, administrator, consultant, and bookbinder.

Arrangement Note

Collection is arranged in seven series: 1. Project files (alphabetical by subject or corporate name); 2. Associations (alphabetical by corporate name); 3. Conferences/Presentations (alphabetical by subject or corporate name); 4. Correspondence (chronological); 5. Autobiography; 6. Biographical files; 7. Exhibit catalogs (chronological).

Source of Acquisition

Don Etherington

Method of Acquisition

Gift of the author, 2007-2010. Some materials purchased from author's book collection in June 2008

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US