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Friends of Dard Hunter Collection

Manuscript Collection No.175

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11.6 cu.ft. in 25 boxes and 1 drawer.

Provenance: The Ohio University Archives received the bulk of the collection on deposit in June 1996, with additional contributions in the Summer 1997 from Peter Thomas and Kathy Ludwig.

Property Rights: The Friends of Dard Hunter, Inc. owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: The donor has retained all copyrights that it possesses in the records. Consideration of these and other copyrights is the responsibility of the researcher and publisher.

Access: The collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Libraries.

Photoduplication: Ohio University will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection name, collection number, and the Ohio University Libraries, in all footnotes and bibliographical references.

Processing: Kitwana Hankins did preliminary processing during Summer 1996. Lisa Parks completed major processing during Fall and Winter 1996-97 and completed the preliminary inventory. Eric Paddon did additional processing and final inventory preparation in Summer 1997.

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The Friends of Dard Hunter, Inc. was founded in 1981. It was started by a community of paper conservators who were concerned about the condition of the materials of the Dard Hunter Collection which were housed at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dard Hunter was a well-known hand papermaker from Ohio who lived in the early 1900's and traveled extensively, collecting different resources and ideas for his craft.

Ellen McCrady and Kitty Nicholson were instrumental in mobilizing interest in and support of the Dard Hunter Collection through mailings to papermakers, conservators, artists, bibliophiles, and collectors. The group was formed under the name "Friends of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum, Inc." with the purpose of maintaining the Dard Hunter Collection. The name was shortened when the Museum Collection was taken over in 1992 by the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking (AMP) in Atlanta; this museum is administered by the Atlanta-based Institute of Paper Science and Technology. The Friends group has diversified its activities over the years and become more involved with providing a forum for people with an interest in hand papermaking. The group's annual meetings provide a means for people all over the globe to come together and share their knowledge and ideas.

Key figures in the Friends group include; past presidents Tim Barrett, Cathy Baker, and Doug Stone, as well as advisory board members Dard Hunter II and Dard Hunter III.

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Researchers interested in the history of FHDPM and how it has conducted its business and executive affairs will find a heavy concentration of correspondence and general financial records for the period 1985-92. There are large amounts of paper material on their annual membership meetings from 1986-94, as well as complete audio tapes of their meeting lectures. Paper art samples, generic examples or artistic designs, also provide good introductory examples of papermaking to novice researchers. Brochures and pamphlets from "related organizations" also indicate the kinds of interactions FHDPM has had with organizations and institutions also interested in papermaking.

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