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About this Exhibit: Julia Miller

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Photograph of Julia Miller, Guest Curator

Julia Miller has worked in the field of book conservation for more than thirty years. She began her binding training in 1978, and in 1984 she joined the Conservation Department at the University of Michigan Library, where she spent ten years. Over the past decade, she has extensively researched the history of binding structure and style, and in 2010 she published Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings (Ann Arbor, MI: The Legacy Press). A second edition was published in 2014.

Julia has taught the history of bookbinding in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, she was invited to join the team that conducted the conservation survey of the manuscripts of the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt. In 2010, as a research fellow at the Library Company in Philadelphia, she studied bindings in that collection in order to create a typology for American scaleboard bookbindings.