North Carolina Libraries, Vol 70, No 1 (2012)

Found! Restoring and Digitizing the Cuala Press Sample Book

Craig Fansler


In the summer of 2010, a librarian at Wake Forest University undertook a project to restore and digitize a scrapbook from the library collection. The scrapbook was filled with greeting cards with Irish sayings which were beautifully printed and hand-colored. The acidic scrapbook came from the Cuala Press, an Irish Arts and Crafts Movement industry, which was run by the sisters of William Butler Yeats. The book needed restoration to preserve the unique greeting cards and other printed ephemera. An attempt was made to digitize the greeting cards in the scrapbook but copyright limited this part of the venture.

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