Ellis Kern Family Library fund

Ellis Kern Family Library fund

Established in 2000 by Ellis Kern P'99 in honor of his son, Andrew D. Kern '99, for the preservation of library materials in music, ethnomusicology, and Old World art and archaeology.

Recently, income from this fund was used to support conservation of 5 papyrus fragments from the Book of the Dead, 200 BC. The extremely brittle and broken pieces of papyrus were mended, humidified, flattened, hinged and re-matted and sealed in an ultraviolet-filtering anti-static Optium Museum Acrylic. Funds also helped support the conservation of the illuminated manuscript, the Book of Hours, from the 15th Century, which was bound in a rigid parchment binding which was not contemporary to the text. The volume was disbound, resewn on with handmade paper endsheets and was re-bound in a limp full goat parchment binding.