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About Michaelle Biddle

Michaelle Biddle has advanced degrees in librarianship, archival management, and archaeology. Since 2008 she has been consulting conservator for Northern Nigerian manuscript collections, supported by grants from the U.S. Ambassador's Cultural Preservation Fund, the Fufore Family of Yola, the Islamic Manuscript Association, the Ford Foundation and the Nigerian TetFund. Her interest in and work with Islamic manuscripts dates to her undergraduate studies in Middle Eastern Anthropology (Archaeology) and History, and an internship at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Whilst Islamic art bibliographer at Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. (Antiquarian Oriental and African booksellers) she studied with Roger de Coverly of the London School of Printing in book arts and conservation, with particular emphasis on 19th century and Islamic materials. In the early 1990s she established a comprehensive book conservation program and lab at Wesleyan University that now annually trains undergraduate students and adult apprentices. In 2015 she established a manuscript conservation laboratory at Arewa House, Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna, Nigeria.
In addition to paper and book conservation she is particularly interested in material cultural analysis of West African bookmaking and manuscript production, inks, pigments, dyes and paper watermarks.
As an archaeologist she has participated in digs in Pacqueme, Mexico; Huaco Tanks, Texas; Petra, Jordan; Cotocotuyoc (Cuzco Valley), Peru; Kazakl'i-yatkan (Urgench), Uzbekistan; and Pompeii, Italy.


Present Collections Conservator and Head of Preservation Services, Wesleyan University

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Contact Information

Wesleyan University Library
252 Church St.
Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-3875


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