Early Paper: Techniques and Transmissions

February 2010

This workshop focused on the origins of paper and the impacts of its transmission from East Asia through Islam to the Latin West between the 2nd and the 15th centuries. Tim Barrett (University of Iowa), an expert on papermaking techniques, brought expertise in both Asian techniques and those current in Western Europe at the time of the invention of printing in the mid-15th century; Jonathan Bloom (Boston College), an expert on the impact of paper in Islam, also spoke about his work, which serves as a model for studying the impact of paper in other historical contexts. The workshop included a visit to the paper conservation lab at Harvard, the Weissman Preservation Center.