[GBW] The Joseph Newman Scholarship Fund

James Reid-Cunningham reid-cunningham at bostonathenaeum.org
Wed Jan 2 11:00:20 EST 2008

The Joseph Newman Scholarship FundJoe Newman
was a skilled and talented bookbinder and conservator. Joe first apprenticed at
the Harcourt Bindery in Boston and later became the shop manager. He left the
Harcourt to start a small binding business, Pride's Crossing Bindery in Beverly
Farms, which he ran successfully for four years.  He joined the staff at the Northeast Document Conservation
Center in 1983 where he worked as a book conservator for more than twenty
years.  Joe was a generous mentor
and teacher and many benefited greatly from his connoisseurship and knowledge
of binding history. Joe’s willingness to share his knowledge and love of books
with his colleagues at NEDCC earned him the nickname “The River”.  He believed strongly that bookbinding
skills were best learned by spending time at the bench.The Joseph
Newman Scholarship Fund is being established by the North Bennet Street School
and Joe’s colleagues from the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The fund
will be used to benefit bookbinding students at the North Bennet Street School.
The mission of the school is to train students for careers in traditional
trades that use hand skills to preserve and advance craft traditions and to
promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship. The bookbinding program at North
Bennet Street School was begun in 1986 and is the only full-time bench
bookbinding program in North America. The two-year program admits six students
each year.Make checks
payable to North Bennet Street School and send contributions to:The Joseph
Newman Scholarship FundNorth
Bennet Street School39 North
Bennet StreetBoston,
Massachusetts  02113

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