Scaleboard Binding: An Early American Survior | Newberry

Scaleboard Binding: An Early American Survior

Saturday, June 14, 2014

9 am – 4 pm

Led by Barbara Korbel
Registration is closed.

The scaleboard binding is an early American style that was popular from the mid-eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Used for widely disseminated texts, such as sermons, songbooks, primers, and religious tracts, it is an abbreviated, functional style of binding, bound into thin wooden boards. In conjunction with the temporary Guild of Book Workers exhibition at the Newberry, participants will learn the history of the scaleboard binding, view three different variations of the style, and make a small leather-covered book.

Barbara Korbel is the Collections and Exhibitions Conservator at the Newberry.

Materials List


  • Bone folder*
  • Awl*
  • Bookbinding needle*
  • OLFA or X-acto knife
  • Small container of PVA adhesive
  • Pencil and notebook
  • Small container for water
  • Metal ruler
  • Medium glue brush
  • *Available in the Newberry bookstore individually or packaged with other useful bookbinding tools. Other materials and tools can be purchased at your nearest art supply store.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

One session, $147 (includes a $15 materials fee).
Registration for this class has closed.