Cathleen Ann Baker

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7th Floor, Special Collections Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Conservation Librarian and Exhibit Conservator; Adjunct Lecturer in Information, School of Information


Fall semester 2015, Cathy was the Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation and Technical Studies at the Conservation Center, Institue of Fine Art, New York University; taught graduate courses in technical connoissuership for art historians and advanced paper conservation. She is a past conservator of unbound and bound paper-based material in Special Collections of the University of Michigan Library, and now is Conservation Librarian and exhibition conservator, and consults about rare library and archival collections throughout the UM Library system.



Paper conservator in England and America (1970–present); associate professor, Art Conservation Department, SUNY Colleges at Oneonta (Cooperstown, N.Y.) & Buffalo (1978–1993); BA in Art History, University of Michigan; Certificate in Paper and Paintings Restoration, Courtauld Instuitute of Art, University of London; MA in Art History, Syracuse University; MFA in Book Arts and PhD in Mass Communication, University of Alabama; adjunct lecturer, courses in history of the book and letterpress printing, University of Alabama; present: author, printer, graphic designer, and publisher, see The Legacy Press under My Links.

Among numerous articles and books written over her 45-year career, Dr. Baker has published By His Own Labor: The Biography of Dard Hunter (Red Hydra Press, Tuscaloosa, Alabama [handmade, limited edition]; Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, Delaware, 2000 [facsimile trade edition]) and the award-winning book, From the Hand to the Machine. Nineteenth-Century American Paper and Mediums: Technologies, Materials, and Conservation (The Legacy Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2010).

In 2011, Dr. Baker established the Cathleen A. Baker Fellowship in Conservation to provide experience for conservation students and mid-career-level conservators; visit website for more information:

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