William J. Barrow was a unique and significant individual in the history of archives preservation, the development of permanent/durable book paper, and the application of investigative techniques in these fields. The author, who worked with Barrow in his restoration shop and research laboratory during the 1950s when much of his major work was in progress, offers in this article an appreciation of his contributions. The article corrects some recent misapprehensions concerning Barrow and provides an account of his effective personal and problem-solving attributes.

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