This Carolyn Horton Fund was established to support continuing education for book/paper conservators who are members of the AIC Book and Paper specialty group. Funds may be used to help defray costs for attending meetings, seminars, workshops, or to conduct research or special projects. The amount available from the fund is approximately $1,000. Funds may be divided among qualified applicants.
Carolyn Horton began her career in conservation in Vienna where she studied hand bookbinding from 1929 to 1930. Returning to Philadelphia in 1931, she apprenticed with master binder Albert Oldach; then founded her own company in 1934. From 1935 to 1939 she worked at the American Philosophical Society and in 1939 was appointed the first book restorer at Yale University. In 1943, she and her husband Donald moved to New York, then on to Washington, D.C., and Chicago, where she set up studios and began to train students. In 1958, the Hortons moved back to New York, where Carolyn Horton and Associates performed high quality book and paper and art conservation for museums, libraries and private collectors. She was one of many conservators who responded to the appeal for assistance in Florence after the 1966 floods. Her book, Cleaning and Preserving Bindings and Related Materials, was published in 1967 and revised in 1969. Throughout her career, Mrs. Horton was noted for her willingness to share her knowledge and her adherence to excellence. She was an AIC Honorary Fellow and was always a strong supporter of the AIC Code of Ethics.
(Photo credit: BIB # 126284, Photograph of Carolyn Horton, Rakow Research Library, The Corning Museum of Glass, photographer Richard