Dard Hunter spent much of his prolific career traveling to some of the most remote regions in the world in pursuit of the craft of papermaking. His legacy is evident in the countless papermakers, printers, artists, scientists, historians, and educators who use paper as their primary medium today. Chasing Paper, the 2017 Friends of Dard Hunter annual meeting, celebrates the quest for paper to inspire new avenues in scholarship, innovation, technology, and artistic practice. Hosted by the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 11-13, 2017, Chasing Paper honors the myriad of ways that traditional methods of papermaking have inspired new methods of artistic, scientific, and technological innovation.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to receive a behind the scenes tour of the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, to view artifacts and materials from the historic Dard Hunter Collection, as well as papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to proposing lectures, panels, and demonstrations, we invite members to also consider leading breakout sessions that will facilitate a meaningful dialogue on topics such as history and tradition, research and development, vision and expression, and community and society. It is our hope that this inspiring setting will encourage a revitalized sense of community, expression, and exchange in the spirit of Dard Hunter.



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Deadline for Submissions: Monday, May 22, 2017.

Please email this fillable PDF form to: with FDH SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION in the subject line.

Each year at our annual conference we raise funds for scholarships through cash donations and the silent auctions. These funds are then applied to the scholarships the following year. These scholarships allow students and others of modest means to attend our meetings. If you would not otherwise be able to afford this year’s meeting, perhaps a scholarship would help to make it possible. You must be 18 years of age and a current member of the Friends to apply for a scholarship. Please note that you are ineligible for consideration if you have received a FDH scholarship within the last three years. You may apply again after the three year waiting period. Depending upon availability of funds, FDH scholarships will waive your conference fee. They do not cover the travel or lodging expenses. If, in any given year, the number of applicants exceeds the amount of funds available, selections will be made by the FDH Executive Committee. All applicants will be notified in a timely manner after the deadline to allow for the completion of travel plans.


The Friends of Dard Hunter, in conjunction with the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, are pleased to announce Dr. Cathleen A. Baker as the keynote speaker for Chasing Paper to be held in Atlanta from October 11-13. With a career in paper and book conservation spanning over 45 years, she has published numerous articles and written several books, including By His Own Labor: The Biography of Dard Hunter (Red Hydra Press, Tuscaloosa, Alabama [handmade, limited edition]; Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, Delaware, 2000 [facsimile trade edition]) and the award-winning book, From the Hand to the Machine. Nineteenth-Century American Paper and Mediums: Technologies, Materials, and Conservation (The Legacy Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2010). In 2011, Dr. Baker established the Cathleen A. Baker Fellowship in Conservation to provide experience for conservation students and mid-career-level conservators. Mark your calendars!