I am the book and paper conservator for the library’s rare and special collections. My main responsibility is the physical care of the books, prints, drawings, maps, manuscripts, and photographs. Sometimes this involves ensuring that the items are properly stored, handled, or prepared for exhibitions, in order to prevent damage. Other times, damaged items need treatment, a process that involves research, analysis, documentation, and repair. The treatments I perform vary greatly, from working under a microscope to re-adhere loose bits of paint, to washing and bleaching discolored paper, to repairing the structure of a binding.
I have an M.A. and certificate of advanced study in paper conservation from Buffalo State College, and a degree in bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School. My B.A. is from Kenyon College where I majored in studio art and minored in art history. Prior to working at UM, I established the preservation and conservation program at the Ingalls Library of the Cleveland Museum of Art, where I also served as an associate conservator in the art conservation department. In addition, I ran a private conservation practice for many years.