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Carolyn Horton Scholarship

Carolyn Horton began her career in conservation in Vienna where she studied hand bookbinding from 1929 to 1930. Returning to Philadelphia in 1931, she apprenticed with master binder Albert Oldach; then founded her own company in 1934. From 1935 to 1939 she worked at the American Philosophical Society and in 1939 was appointed the first book restorer at Yale University. In 1943, she and her husband Donald moved to New York, then on to Washington, D.C., and Chicago, where she set up studios and began to train students. In 1958, the Hortons moved back to New York, where Carolyn Horton and Associates performed high quality book and paper and art conservation for museums, libraries and private collectors. She was one of many conservators who responded to the appeal for assistance in Florence after the 1966 floods. Her book, Cleaning and Preserving Bindings and Related Materials, was published in 1967 and revised in 1969. Throughout her career, Mrs. Horton was noted for her willingness to share her knowledge and her adherence to excellence. She was an AIC Honorary Fellow and was always a strong supporter of the AIC Code of Ethics.

The Carolyn Horton Fund was established to support continuing education for book/paper conservators who are members of the AIC Book and Paper specialty group. Funds may be used to help defray costs for attending meetings, seminars, workshops, or to conduct research or special projects Individual grants typically range from $500 to $1,000, depending on the earnings on the endowment and the number of applicants.

Applications are due February 1 of each year. The applications will be reviewed by a committee and a recommendation will be made to the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) board for final approval. Notification of awards will be made six to eight weeks after the deadline. Projects should take place six weeks to twelve months after the application deadline. 

Criteria for Review

  • Applicants must be current members of AIC and the Book and Paper specialty group.
  • Usefulness of project to the applicant and/or the conservation field.
  • Qualifications of applicant to conduct project.
  • Ability of applicant to disseminate outcomes of project (publication, teaching, presentations, etc.).
  • Appropriateness of budget for proposed project.
  • Completeness of application, including two references.

Application Process

Applicants will automatically be considered for awards from both the Christa Gaehde Fund and the Carolyn Horton Fund. Applications are submitted through our online application portal. When you enter the portal, you will be prompted to login to the system using a login ID and password. If you already have an account (this should be the case if you are an AIC member or have participated in an AIC or FAIC program), use the same login information you use to access that account. If you do not have an account in the system, you can quickly set one up before you begin your application.

The online form will take you through the four sections of the application:

  1. Applicant information (name and contact information, resume/CV, etc.)
  2. Project information (description of the project and how it will help you advance professionally)
  3. Reference information (name and email of reference)
  4. Budget information (project costs and FAIC funding request)

Two references must be submitted electronically; it is strongly recommended that at least one reference is from a Professional Associate or Fellow member of AIC. Once an applicant submits their reference information, the references will receive an email with a link directly to the application portal where they will complete a brief form regarding their support for the application. Recommendations submitted will not be visible to the applicant.

You can save and return to your application later to complete it. When you are satisfied with your responses, “save and finalize” to submit your application. Once the application has been submitted, you cannot return to edit the form.


Final Report

A final report consisting of a 500 - 1,000 word narrative, at least two images, and a final budget summarizing the expenses and sources of revenue is due within 30 days of completion of the project. Final reports should be sent to and are required to be eligible for future funding. Reports may be published in part or in full by FAIC, including posting on our website.