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Stella Patri collection, 1961-approximately 1993.
BANC MSS 94/209 c carton 1; BANC MSS 94/209 c port.1; BANC MSS 94/209 c
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Stella Patri collection, 1961-approximately 1993
Stella Nicole Patri collection


Patri, Stella Nicole, 1896-2001, creator, creator.


Collection of books, serials, manuscript materials, rubbings, and pictorial materials, from the library of Stella Patri.
Includes biographical information, correspondence, notebook records of binding repair commissions, business records, and ephemera.


1961 (issued)


Patri, Stella Nicole -- 1896-2001 -- Archives
Women bookbinders -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
Bookbinding -- Repairing
Books -- Conservation and restoration


Stella Patri collection, BANC MSS 94/209 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift of Stella Patri; 1993.
Books transferred to the Print collections of The Bancroft Library.
Stella Nicole Patri (1896-March 31, 2001), bookbinder and conservator, known especially for work at the National Library, Florence, Italy, following the 1966 flood of the Arno River. Born in Montreal, Canada, she was a survivor of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. After her divorce from art school founder Giacomo Patri, while working at Newbegins and Paul Elder San Francisco bookstores, she became interested in the physical structure of books. In 1962, she sailed for Rome to study the restoration of antique documents at the Instituto di Patologia dei Libri, which became the foundation of her professional career. She also studied bookbinding in London and fancy book finishing in Paris. She was founding member of the Hand Bookbinders of California. Patri died on March 31, 2001, at the age of 104, in Sonoma, California at the home of her son Remo Patri.

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BANC MSS 94/209 c carton 1
BANC MSS 94/209 c port.1
BANC MSS 94/209 c