About the Artist

Sidney Berger is the Director Emeritus of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.  He is a professor on the faculty of Simmons College in Boston and at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, where he teaches classes in Rare Book Librarianship; History of the Book; Medieval Manuscripts; The History, Manufacture, and Decoration of Paper; Bibliography; and many others.  He has a doctorate degree in Medieval English Literature and Bibliography and Textual Studies from the University of Iowa, and two Master's degrees, one in English literature (University of Iowa) and one in Library and Information Studies (University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign).  Dr. Berger has published five books and many articles about paper, and for many years he has written a regular column titled "Decorated Paper" for Hand Papermaking magazine.  He and his wife have a large collection of decorated papers, containing a great many marbled sheets.  He has done marbling, and he teaches workshops on paste paper decoration.  His recent book Rare Books and Special Collections, published by the American Library Association, won the award for the Best Book in Library Literature for 2014.  He is the primary author of the thesaurus on paper terminology (published by the Rare Book and Manuscript Section of the American Library Association), used by rare book catalogers to describe decorated and handmade papers. He also compiled a thesaurus on paper terminology for a group of European libraries with major paper collections--to help them catalog their own collections.  One of his books is titled Karli Frigge's Life in Marbling, boiut this wonderful dutch paper marbler;   Another book he wrote is about Edward Seymour and the Fancy Paper Company, about a man who invented a machine that "marbles" papers mechanically.   He also wrote the Handmade Papers of Japan and a book on Chiyogami Papers (block-printed and also stenciled papers from Japan).   He has been making, decorating, and collecting paper for more than 40 years.