Exhibit - Books and Mud: the drowned libraries of Florence

Tue Oct 25 (full schedule below)
American Bookbinders Museum
10 am - 4 p
Arts, Museums
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In November, 1966, the banks of the Arno River in Florence rose to record heights, breaking its embankments and flooding the city. Art and books stored in library and museum cellars steeped for days in water, mud, and sewage. In an unprecedented international effort, volunteers converged on the city to rescue these treasures. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Arno flood, the American Bookbinders Museum is pleased to host “Books and Mud: the drowned libraries of Florence,” an exhibition examining and commemorating the “Mud Angels” and the tools and techniques that were created to reclaim and restore hundred of thousands of books and documents devastated by the flood.


American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina Street
San Francisco, CA
Tue Oct 25 (10 am - 4 p)
Wed Oct 26 (10 am - 4 p)
Thu Oct 27 (10 am - 4 p)
Fri Oct 28 (10 am - 4 p)
Sat Oct 29 (10 am - 4 p)


  1. American Bookbinders Museum
    355 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA