Bio + CV

Above is a short video showing me performing various aspects of bookbinding. This was shot for a consumer electronics manufacturer in 2013.


Jeffrey S. Peachey provides a wide variety of bookbinding and conservation services for institutions and individuals. He enjoys treating all types of books from incunabula to Grandma’s cookbook.

All treatments are designed to preserve historic, artifactual, intrinsic and monetary value. All treatments are preformed in accordance with the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) Code of Ethics.

Peachey is a Professional Associate in the AIC and has served as Chair of Conservators In Private Practice. For more than 25 years, he has specialized in the conservation of books and paper artifacts for institutions and individuals.  He is the inventor of the Peachey Board Slotting Machine, which is used by many institutions world wide to help treat books with detached boards, and also makes specialized hand tools. Recently, he was awarded a 2015 Fellowship at the Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy, and the 2015 Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book History from the University of Toronto, Canada.

For information on how to get a treatment estimate, please contact Jeff via phone or email.

Jeff Peachey
Book Conservator
37 Nagle Ave., #3C
New York, NY 10040
Cell: (212) 387-7860
jeffrey (dot) peachey (at)


Peachey is a professional associate in AIC



1988 B.A. in English Literature, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.


Jeffrey S. Peachey, NYC. 1996- Present. Book Conservator. Provides consulting and conservation services for libraries, museums, dealers and private collectors. Teaches bookbinding and conservation workshops nationally and internationally. Invents, manufactures and sells specialized tools for the book conservation community, including The Peachey Board Slotting Machine, used in conservation labs worldwide.

Columbia University Libraries, NYC. 1992-1996. Special Collections Technician. Performed environmental and condition surveys, written and photographic documentation and single item treatments for four rare book libraries, under the direction of the Head of Conservation. Materials treated ranged from 13th century manuscript fragments to modern first editions. Maintained statistics, evaluated and ordered supplies. Prepared materials for exhibition and travel. Matting, framing and boxing.

Columbia University Libraries, NYC. 1990-1992. Technician, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant. Treated circulating collections, and other materials from 1600-present, including limp and stiffboard vellum, papercase, and leather bindings.

Teachers College, NYC. 1990. Part time Technician. Recasing, rebacking, phase box and drop spine box production.

The Gotham Book Mart and Gallery, NYC. 1989-1990. Clerk. Book repairs, exhibition installation, customer service.


2016 (With Ervin Beck) “Ausbund 1564: The History and Conservation of an Anabaptist Icon.” Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, October 2016. (pp. 128-135)

2013 “Beating, Rolling and Pressing: The Compression of Signatures in Bookbinding Prior to Sewing” in Suave Mechanicals: Essays in the History of Bookbinding, Volume 1. Ed. Julia Miller. Ann Arbor: The Legacy Press, 2013. (pp. 316-381)

2012 “Special Considerations for Private Book Conservation Laboratories” in The Planning and Construction of Book and Paper Conservation Laboratories: A Guidebook. Edited by Jennifer Hain Temper and Eric Alstrom. Chicago: Association for Library Collection; Technical Services a division of the American Library Association, 2012. (pp. 157-175)

2011 “Book Review: From the Hand to the Machine by Cathleen Baker” The Bonefolder, Volume 7, 2011. (pp. 77-79) Reprinted in Bull and Branch, Vol. 31, No. 2.

2010 “The use of Parchment to Reinforce Split Wooden Bookboards, with Preliminary Observations into the Effects of RH Cycling on these Repairs.” (with Alexis Hagadorn) Journal of the Institute of Conservation, Vol. 33, Issue 1, March 2010. (pp. 41-63)

2010 “Book Review: The Thread that Binds…” The Bonefolder, Vol. 6, No. 2, Spring 2010. (pp. 59-60)

2010 “Outside of the text, My work in Book Conservation.” CMW Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2.

2009  “Contextualizing ‘The Joiner and Cabiner Maker'” in The Joiner and Cabinet Maker,  Chris Schwarz and Joel Moskowitz, Fort Mitchell, KY: Lost Arts Press. (pp. 356-366)

2008 “Panel Discussion” Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, No. 177. (p. 10)

2006 “New Possibilities for Board Slotting” The Bonefolder, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2006. (pp. 28-32)

2004 “Conservation and Tools: An Inquiry into Nature and Meaning” The Bonefolder, Vol. 1, No. 1. (pp. 19-21)

2004 “A Few More Thoughts on Spokeshave Modification ” Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, No. 155. (p. 13)

2004 “Conservation of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation ”. Recent Setbacks in Conservation Online.

2001 “Golden Artist Colors” Guild of Book Workers NYC Newsletter, No. 21. (p. 3)

1998 “W.O. Hickok Mfg. Co.: 150 Years” Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, No. 121, Dec 1998.

1997 “Iris Nevins Marbling Workshop” Guild of Book Workers New York Chapter Newsletter, No. 10.

1996 “Review of Beyond the Deckle Edge, Koob Stra, No.15, Fall 96.

1996 “The Veracity of the Body: The Anatomical Book, Karios, Vol. 1, No. 1. (p. 4)

1995 “Hand Papermaking in Northern Vietnam” Hand Papermaking, Vol. 10, No. 1. (pp. 13-17)

1994 “An Undocumented Sewing Structure” Paper Conservation News No. 69.



2017 “Jeff Peachey ’88 Restores Rare Ausbund for Mennonite Historical Library”, The Goshen College News (3 April 2017)  The story was picked up by the Goshen News (4 April 2017), The Elkhart Truth (8 April 2017),  The South Bend Tribune (9 April 2017) and  Mennonite World Review (p. 19).

2017 “1564 Ausbund, Newly Conserved, On View at Spring MAH Meeting” MAH News and Notes, Michiana Anabaptist Historians, Vol .26, No. 1, Spring 2017. (p.  2)

2016 “Jeff Peachey Het Belang Van Goed Gereedschap” Handboekbinden, Vol. 9, No. 4., 2016. (pp. 112-117).  Loosely translated, “Jeff Peachey on the Importance of Good Tools”

2016  “In the Midst of Joyous Toolmaking with Jeff Peachey” Guild of Book Workers Rocky Mountain Chapter, Thursday, June 20, 2016. Reprinted in the Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, No. 227, August 2016 (p. 16)

2016 David Brock “A Review of Suave Mechanicals:Essays in the History of Bookbinding” The Book Club of California Quarterly News-Letter, Vol. LXXXI, No. 1, Winter 2016. (pp. 18-21)

2015 “Expert Bookbinder Receives Bibliography and Book History Award”

2015 Daniel Smith “Having an Edge: A One Day Workshop with Jeff Peachey” Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, April 2015, No. 219. (pp. 12-15)

2014 Preservation Conservations: Selections for Interviews with Book Conservators, ed. Thomasina Taylor (Tuscaloosa, AL: Ilene Books, 2014)

2011 Valeria Kremser “The Page Illuminates: Book Highlights from the Internet”,  DVC Pressing Matter: The Delaware Valley Chapter of GBW, January 2011 (p.2)

2011  Susan Mills “Interview with Jeff Peachey” Bookbinding, podcast

2010 Chris Takacs “Jeffrey Peachey: Late Eighteenth Century French Binding Structures” Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, December 2010, No. 193. (p. 15)

2010 “Jeff Peachey’s Sharpening Workshop held at the Oxford Conservation Consortium” The ICON Book and Paper Gathering.

2010 “GBW-Standards of Excellence Presentations” Craig, Z Smith Reynolds Library Blog, 2010.

2010 Arthur Green and Maria Kalligerou “Workshop review. Making and sharpening knives: a rational approach.” , ICON News, November 2010. (pp. 26-27)

2009 Brenna Campbell “Workshop Review Late 18 Century French Bookbinding Workshop”  The Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, October 2009, No. 186. (pp. 16-17)

2007 “Preserving books vital to history, says NYC Conservator” Brigham Young University News

2007 “Utraquist Gradual Conservation” Friends of the St. Marks Library Newsletter, Winter 2007.

2007 [No Title] University of Oregon Libraries, LSA News, LSA No. 79, February 2007.

2007 Kevin Laubacher “Knife making with Jeff Peachey” Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, No. 171, April 2007. (pp. 5-6)

2007 Algeria Barclay “Jeff Peachey: On the Fine Art of Knife Sharpening” , Guild of Book Workers North East Chapter Newsletter, Vol. 26,  No. 3. (pp. 3-5)

2004 “fyi” Vitals, (First Issue) September 2004.

2003 “Who Can Rebind My Rare Book?” New York Magazine,November 3, 2003. (p. 55)



2015 “Making a Delrin Folder Demonstration and Roundtable Tool Discussion” Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, Toronto.

2015 “Pulled to Pieces: Life as an Independent Book Conservator” Faculty of Information (ischool), University of Toronto, Canada.

2015 “Pulled to pieces: Life as a private practice book conservator. Blogging, teaching, inventing, tool-making, treatments, connoisseurship, collecting and once, even acting.” Winterthur/ University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation Student Choice Seminar. Wilmington, DE.

2014 “Book Boxes: Historic, Functional, and a few Borderline Insane.” Winterthur/ University of Delaware program in Art Conservation.

2013 “Book Boxes: Historic, Functional, and a few Boarderline Insane.” Columbia College, Chicago. “Reconstructing Diderot: Eighteenth Century French Bookbinding” Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Conservation, Syracuse University Libraries, NY.

2012 “Reconstructing Diderot: Late 18th century French Bookbinding Structure” Rare Book School, University of Virginia.

2011 “Reconstructing Diderot: Late 18th century French Bookbinding Structure” 2011-2012 Book History Colloquium at Columbia University, NYC.

2010 “Late Eighteenth Century French Binding Structures: Tools, Techniques and Materials” The Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence Seminar, Tucson, Arizona.

2010 “A Force Beyond Function: The Conservation, Technology and Significance of the Codex” Organized and moderated a panel discussion, The Center for Book Arts, NYC.

2009 “The Obsolete Book and the Obsolete Man” The University of Trash at The Sculpture Center, NYC and North Bennet Street School, Boston.

2008 “Board Slotting: An Overview” The British Library, London.

2007 “The Failure of the Word: The Conservation of 16th century Bibles”.  Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

2007 “Board Slotting: The Past 30 Years”, NE Guild of Book Workers, North Bennet Street School, Boston.

1997 “The French Connection in Vietnamese Bookbinding”, University of Iowa Conservation Department, Iowa City.

1996 “Sacred to Profane: The Evolution of Northern Vietnamese Papermaking” Grolier Club, Sponsored by the NY Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, NYC.

1996 “Papermaking in Northern Vietnam” Palmer School of Library and Information Science, NYC.



2016 “18th Century French Binding and Making Knives” at Restauratoren Nederland (Friesland, Netherlands), “The History and Conservation of Cloth Case Bindings” at Georgia Archives (Morrow, GA), “Knife Sharpening” at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), “Knife and Spokeshave Making” at North Bennett Street School (Boston)

2015 “Knife Sharpening” at Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (NYC), “Bookbinding for Book History Students” at Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University (NYC), “Historic Book Structures for Conservators” at Winterthur/ University of Delaware program in Art Conservation (Wilmington, DE),  “Knife and Spokeshave Making” at North Bennett Street School (Boston)

2014  “Historic Book Structures for Conservators” at LIS 500, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (Boston), “Sharpening for Conservators” at Winterthur/ University of Delaware program in Art Conservation (Wilmington, DE), “Introduction to Knife Sharpening” at Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers (Philadelphia),  “Knife and Spokeshave Making” at North Bennett Street School (Boston)

2013 “A Drop-spine Cradle Box” at Columbia College (Chicago), “Understanding Boards Bindings” at Mellon Library/ Archives Expert Speaker (Boston), “A Drop-spine Cradle Box” and “Making Bookbinding Knives” at Focus on Book Arts Conference (Forest Grove, OR), “18th Century French Beating and Sewing” at Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Conservation, Syracuse University Libraries (NY),  “Knife and Spokeshave Making” at North Bennett Street School (Boston)

2012 “18th Century French Bookbinding” at Montefiascone Project (Italy) and University of Cincinnati. “Knife Making and Sharpening” at Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (Philadelphia), and North Bennett Street School (Boston)

2011 “Introduction to Board Slotting” at University of Miami (Florida) and Morgan Library and Museum (NYC) and Metropolitan Museum of Art Library (NYC)

2010 “Introduction to Board Slotting” at The National Library of Wales and Emory University (Atlanta) and New York Public Library. “Making and Sharpening Knives: A Rational Approach” at Oxford Conservation Consortium (Oxford, England) and University of Texas iSchool, Austin Book Workers and North Bennet Street School. “Late 18th C. French Book Structures” at Paper and Book Intensive (Machias,Maine), “Historical Cloth Case Bookbinding” at Columbia College (Chicago).

2009 “Late 18 C. French Bookbinding Structures” at The Montefiascone Project (Italy) and NY Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. “Advanced Board Slotting Techniques” at Library of Congress. “Making and Sharpening Knives for Bookbinders” at North Bennet Street School (Boston).

2008 “An Introduction to Board Slotting” at The British Library. “18th Century French Bookbinding” at North Bennet Street School and San Francisco Center for the Book.

2007 “Knives for Bookbinding.” at N.W. Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, N.E Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and Library of Congress. “An Introduction to Board Slotting” at New York University, Columbia University, Oxford University (United Kingdom) and Library of Congress. “18th Century French Bookbinding” at Scrub Oak Bindery (Salt Lake City).

2006 “Making and Sharpening Knives: A Rigorous Approach” at Paper and Book Intensive. “An Introduction to Board Slotting” at Canadian Library and National Archives, National Institute of Medicine (Washington, DC) and Indiana University.

2003 “Making and Sharpening Knives: A Rigorous Approach” at The Huntington Library (Pasadena, CA), The Garage School Annex (Massachusetts) and Guild of Bookworkers Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting (Bloomington, In).

1999 “Non-adhesive Book Structures” at Long Island University (Brooklyn). “Accordion Binding” at The New School (NYC).

1998 “Double Fan Adhesive Binding” at Parsons. “Supported Sewing Structures” at Center for Book Arts (NYC). “Introduction to Collections Conservation” at School of Visual Arts Library (NYC).

1997 “Byzantine Bookbinding” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

1997-2001 “Narrative Forms: Book Art”, Photo 313. Pratt Institute (Brooklyn).

1996- 2000 “Single Leaf Attachment, Beginning Bookbinding Intensive, Bookbinding I, II, III ” Various semesters. The Center for Book Arts (NYC).



2016-2017 Cathleen A. Baker Fellowship in Paper Conservation, University of Michigan (MI)

2016 Cary Collection Short-Term Research Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

2015 The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy)

2014-2015 Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book History from the University of Toronto, Canada.

2014 Research Fellowship, Winterthur Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE)

2013 Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography, the Library Company of Philadelphia.

2011 Sherman Fairchild Conservation Research Fellowship, The Morgan Library and Museum (NYC)

2000 Scholarship for the Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence Conference.

1997 Empire State Craft Alliance (NY)



2014-2018 Columbia University, Health Science Library. Large format medical atlases.

2006-7 Union Theological Seminary, NYC. Treatment of late 15th and early 16th century wood board religious texts.

2000-1 The New York Academy of Medicine, NYC. Treatment of 19th century colored medical atlases with moveable flaps.

1999-2000 Union Theological Seminary, NYC. Conducted a condition survey of Rare Book Stacks, supervised and trained staff, disaster recovery, performed treatments.

1996-7 American Museum of Natural History, NYC. Rare Book Survey and Stabilization Project.



2010 Member of Nominating Committee, The Guild of Book Workers (GBW)

2007-8 Chair, Conservators in Private Practice (CIPP), Specialty Group of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

2006-7 Vice-Chair, CIPP

2006-7 Member of CIPP Certification Task Force



American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Professional Associate (PA) since 1999

Early American Industries Association (EAIA)

Guild of Book Workers (GBW)

Institute of Conservation (ICON)

Mid-West Tool Collectors Association (MWTCA)

6 thoughts on “Bio + CV

  1. Daniel Cull

    Hi Jeff,

    Just wanted to say two things.
    1 – Nice blog, very impressive work…
    2 – The article in Setbacks “conservation of JAIC” was brilliant… totally Hilarious…

    All the best,


  2. Jeff Peachey

    thanks! it’s always great to get a little feedback. Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much time on this thing…. jeff

  3. Simon

    Really interesting pages – Thanks!
    Just started to take an interest in book-binding, with a view to working at book conservation. Lots to read about and think about, too.

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