Grant Conserves Rare Books by Paul Laurence Dunbar

We are pleased to share that 11 of our rare, first-edition books by Paul Laurence Dunbar can now be more safely viewed and studied after undergoing conservation treatment. Nine books of poetry and two books of short stories, all inscribed by Dunbar – a prolific writer from Dayton who died at the age of 33 in 1906 – were conserved. The conservation project was supported by a Library Services and Technology Act Conservation grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

For more details, please see the Wright State News Room article “Wright State Special Collections and Archives conserves rare books by Paul Laurence Dunbar” (by Bob Mihalek, June 28, 2023).

You may also be interested in our earlier post about this project.

Learn more about our Paul Laurence Dunbar collections. Please contact us if you have questions!

Archivist Toni Vanden Bos applies her always-gentle touch to one of the freshly conserved Dunbar books. Toni was instrumental in securing and facilitating the grant funding that made the conservation work possible. (Photo courtesy WSU News Room)

This project was supported by federal Institute of Museum and Library Services funds, granted through the State Library of Ohio. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of IMLS or the State Library of Ohio, and no official endorsement by either agency should be inferred. We sincerely thank the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the State Library of Ohio for making this project possible through the LSTA Conservation grant.

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