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About pmontgom

Archivist/Special Collections Librarian at the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. Located in Houston, Texas.

Basic Book and Paper Repair Class

Basic Book and Paper Repair
Museum of Printing History

Location: 1324 W Clay St
Houston, TX 77019-4036
(713) 522-4652

Lena LeMoal, who talked at AHA last summer about book conservation, will be teaching a course on basic book and paper repair.

I have a book in bad shape, what do I do? Learn the answer to this common question in this two-day workshop. Students will be guided through the different steps in evaluating damage to a book, tips on handling them, decisions to make as far as the type of repair, the budget, the options and the right people to call. Participants will learn minor repair techniques that they can do at home, as well as the proper materials used to preserve treasured volumes. Students are welcome to bring a book with a problem to be approached and discussed during class.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6: 2pm-5pm
Instructor: Lena LeMoal
Level: all levels
Tuition: $90

HAM-TMC Library seeks archivist

Click here for HAM-TMC Library archivist job posting.

The Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library seeks an Archivist.  This individual will be responsible for the physical security and environment of the historical collections (photographs, archives, manuscripts, and books) housed in the Historical Research Center (HRC).  He or she will also offer reference support and assistance to Library clients, arrange and process archival collections, and prepare and manage the budget for the HRC.

Preferred candidate will possess Archivist Certification through Academy of Certified Archivists.

Job closing date: Dec. 30, 2009

Please email CV or Resume and cover letter addressing qualifications to:

Andrea Thomas, Human Resources Specialist

Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library

1133 John Freeman Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77030

Fax #: 713.799.7129


archivist sought for family project

Emily Chiles is seeking to hire an archivist to compile newspapers and miscellaneous document pertaining to her husband’s achievments from childhood through middle-age. This collection will be passed down to Chiles’ children.

If you are interested, contact Emily Chiles at 713-263-8940 or send email to <>.

Archives Month October 2009

Archives Month is October 2009.

Upcoming events include:

  • October 8, 6 p.m. — AHA Dinner at Amazon Grill on Kirby South of U.S. 59.  Lots of parking and variety of food. Time to visit and talk about the things going on in the archives community.
  • October 15 AHA meeting with guest speaker Robert Schaadt. Meeting at McGovern Center courtesy of Beth White.  A light meal will be provided.
  • October 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon — Tour of Glenwood Cemetery on Washington Avenue led by Russ Pittman. Mr. Pittman has been leading cemetery tours for Glenwood for many years. He is an excellent speaker and steeped in the lore of Houston history. Lunch at Zoe’s on Washington Ave. will follow. At Mr. Pittman’s request the group is limited to 20 people, including AHA members and guests. The  tour is limited to AHA members, although each member may bring a guest.
  • October 29th Munters Munch and Learn at the University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library. Food will be provided courtesy of Munters.

Directions to July 9 meeting at WRC

A reminder that our next AHA! meeting is today Thursday, July 9th, at the Woodson Research Center at Rice. The Woodson opens it doors to AHA at 4:30 p.m., we will begin eating between 5 and 5:30 with the meeting starting about 6:30. Information about parking and and a campus map is included below.

Our speaker will be Lena Le Moal, a professional bookbinder and graduate of the Lycée Tolbiac, a bookbinding and book conservation school in Paris. Lena has also worked in the book lab at the Harry Ransom Center and is now teaching at the Houston Museum of Printing History. She will talk about the different steps in evaluating damage to a book, tips on handling them, decisions to make as far as the type of repair, the budget, the options and the right people to call. Learn about what you can do yourself or techniques easy to learn, as well as what you should not do. Proper material for conservation will also be discussed.

AHA! will provide sandwich fixings, drinks, and tableware. Sides and desserts will be potluck.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Following is link for parking information:

Campus map:

How to pay for parking:

Joel Draut to shows HMRC photos at AHA meeting

Joel Draut, a photojournalist and archivist, will be the featured speaker at the
AHA! general meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.

Joel is best known as the professional who curates the rich photographic
resources at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC). The HMRC has the
most extensive collection of images about Houston. He will talk about current
digitization efforts at the HMRC and show photographs from the collection.

AHA! meeting details:

When: 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Where: University of St. Thomas
The Ahern Room in the Crooker Center
3909 Graustark, on the northeast corner of Graustark and

Directions: From West Alabama, turn south on Graustark, go 2 blocks and the
Crooker Center is on the left or east side of Graustark. The Ahern room is on
the first floor at the south end of the building.

What: Snacks provided.

Call Philip Montgomery if you have any questions at 713-348-2542 or send email to