Greetings for a happy and peaceful 2020

Dear old and new members of the International Association of Paper Historians IPH and contributors of news and information for our readers on our web-site, and in our congress books and our peer-reviewed periodical.

Thank you for a year rich of inspiring international and national activities and interests, where we have met and learned about the new and ongoing research projects presented. In 2020 we can look forward to the publication of Volume 21 of the IPH Congress Book with the numerous papers from the IPH Congress 2016 in Valencia. Please note carefully on and in the IPH periodical the Call for Papers and news about the 2020 IPH Congress in United States September 15-18 2020 in Washington, DC. Send your proposal for papers before deadline announced on and in the periodical and remember to register for participating according to the information from the Organizing Committee in Washington, DC at

I send all of you my best wishes for IPH in a happy and peaceful New Year and look forward to meet you at the 2020 IPH Congress in Washington, DC - the second IPH Congress in 60 years in United States.

Anna-Grethe Rischel
President of IPH

35th IPH congress (September 15-18, 2020) in Washington DC (USA)

The 35th Biennial Congress of the International Paper Historians (IPH) will be held in Washington DC, from September 15 - 18, 2020, with an additional day for an excursion to a paper mill. The conference, the first in the US since 1982, will be co-hosted by The Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art and the National Archives and Records Administration.

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Welcome to the IPH

The IPH integrates professionals of different branches and all friends of paper within the field of paper history. It coordinates all interests and activities in paper history as an international specialist association co-operating with international, regional and local organisations not only of paper historians but also of keepers of archives and libraries, conservators, arthistorians, specialists in books, printing and technology, associations of the paper industry, the publishing trade etc., including handicraft and artistic activities in connection with paper. To reach these goals, IPH provides the necessary means.

Die IPH vereinigt Fachleute der verschiedensten Richtungen und die Freunde des Papiers rund um das Thema Papiergeschichte. Sie koordiniert alle papiergeschichtlichen Interessen und Aktivitäten als internationale, wissenschaftliche Fachorganisation in Zusammenarbeit mit den entsprechenden nationalen und internationalen Fachverbänden nicht nur der Papierhistoriker, sondern auch der Archivare, Bibliothekare, Restauratoren, Kunst-, Buch- und Technikhistoriker, Papierindustrie, des Verlagswesens u.a.m., unter Einbezug der handwerklichen und künstlerischen Aktivitäten im Zusammenhang mit dem Werkstoff Papier.

L'Association IPH réunit les professionnels de toutes les spécialités et les amis du papier autour du thème de l'Histoire du papier. Elle coordonne tous les intérêts et toutes les activités dans le domaine de l'histoire du papier en tant qu'association scientifique internationale en collaboration avec les organisations internationales, régionales et locales non seulement des historiens du papier, mais aussi des archivistes, bibliothécaires, restaurateurs, historiens de l'art, du livre, de l'imprimerie, de la technique, les associations de l'industrie papetière, des éditeurs etc., y compris les activités artisanales et artistiques utilisant le papier.