The Florence Flood, November 1966: The Conservation of Books at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale and Beyond

Event Information

September 1st, 2016 through December 21st, 2016
Hatcher Graduate Library, Clark Library, 2nd Floor
Location Information
Event Type

This exhibit focuses on the destruction of Florence during the flood on November 4, 1966. Among the collections severely impacted by the muddy waters were those in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze. Book conservators from the United States and Western Europe were called in to help with the recovery efforts. The exhibit features a British team, headed by Peter Waters, which created a washing-drying-mending-rebinding system to deal with tens of thousands of books damaged by the disaster.

The two most important outcomes of the tragedy are the professional training of library conservators and the establishment of disaster preparedness and response programs.

Additional Infomation

Host Unit
Special Collections Library
Library Contact
Martha O'Hara Conway
Page maintained by Mary Claire Morris
Last modified: 11/16/2016