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William Minter

Pennsylvania State University Library
Woodbury, PA
Minter graduated from Stout State University in Wisconsin (now the University of Wisconsin - Stout) with a degree in industrial technology and a concentration in graphic design. He then pursued a seven-year apprenticeship with William Anthony, a noted fine-design bookbinder and book conservator in Chicago. Following the apprenticeship, Minter opened his own bookbinding and conservation business, specializing in bookbinding and the conservation of rare books and manuscripts for university libraries, museums, rare book dealers and private collectors. He relocated his shop to Woodbury, Pa., in 1994.
Minter’s experience is extensive and varied, and includes working on projects for a wide range of organizations such as the Library of Congress, the National Park Service, the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library, the National Gallery of Art and many others. From 2009 to 2012, he was senior project conservator in the Heritage Science for Conservation program at Johns Hopkins University, where he worked on projects in collaboration with chemists and material engineers.
Minter has served as chair for the Book and Paper Group and Conservators-in-Private-Practice -- both groups within the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. He has also held various leadership positions for Chicago Hand Bookbinders and the Chicago Area Conservation Group. In addition, he is a member of the Guild of Book Workers and the American Library Association. Minter’s influence on book conservation also extends to the technology used in the field. In 1978, he developed the Minter Ultrasonic Welder for polyester film encapsulation, an important piece of equipment that enables the efficient and reversible encapsulation of fragile documents without causing damage to the material. Approximately 200 models are in use today, in the United States and in other countries.