People of Paper Archive

Thursday, August 27, 2020
The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is seeking participation in the People of Paper Digital Archive. The Digital Archive is being built to capture and preserve the accounts of contemporary papermakers, paper scholars, scientists, printmakers, binders, book artists, etc., in their own words. One of the first steps for this project is the collection of a People of Paper survey to assess who is working in the field of paper and identify the threads of connection between those in the field of paper as well as paper adjacent crafts, research and scholarship. The People of Paper Digital Archive will serve as a repository of current activity related to paper, and will provide future historians, archivists, and museum professionals with primary source material to document the state of the papermaking world in the 21st century. 
Museum Director Virginia Howell says, "Papermaking in all forms has an interesting and valuable history. Innovations in papermaking, preserving tradition, exploring the materials that make paper-- all happen due to the interest and activities of people. This archive will bring together the different stories of paper into a collected volume, and aid future researchers and historians who want to understand the state of papermaking in the twenty-first century."
The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is seeking broad dispersal of this survey, in order to reach the widest possible number of participants. The more robust the pool, the greater the usefulness of the archive as a research tool and recorder of contemporary practitioners.
Please note that there are several phases to this project. Participation in the survey does not commit you to participating in the other phases but we hope that you will consider creating a 5 minute video when the call goes out for phase 2 later in the year. Videos, photos, and written histories will be included in the People of Paper Digital Archive. "People who work with paper, either making it or using it, have a passion for the material. WE hope this archive will capture a snapshot of how paper is influenced and influences a wide variety of makers and users."
Thank you in advance for helping the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking fulfill its mission to collect, preserve, increase and disseminate knowledge about papermaking. If you have questions about the project, please feel free to contact Virginia Howell, Museum Director, at or Jerushia Graham, Museum Coordinator, at 
The survey can also be reached at