The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded grants to the Buffalo, Winterthur, and NYU graduate programs in art conservation to support Library and Archives/ Book Conservation training. At Buffalo, we outlined a program that builds on our existing program in flat paper and book conservation, and on our strength as a program dedicated to a broad-based, hands-on experience.
The Mellon Foundation has agreed to underwrite additional guest lecturer positions in Book Conservation and Library and Archives Preservation. Currently, Gary Frost (Conservator Emeritus, Conservation Laboratory, University of Iowa Main Library) is our guest lecturer in Book Conservation and Ellen Cunningham Kruppa (Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of DE and Adjunct Faculty at Simmons College) is our guest lecturer in Library and Archives Preservation. Each winter break, a week-long workshop on a topic of interest (such as parchment and iron gall ink) will be hosted at Buffalo. Students from the other graduate programs will be invited to attend. Our students also have the opportunity to attend the winter break seminars being offered by NYU at the Columbia University Library in descriptive bibliography, and book structures.
Two members of the incoming class, who are interested in library/archives or rare book conservation will be offered extra benefits compared to their classmates, in order to encourage these specialties. In addition to the student stipend, the Mellon library/archive grant provides generous summer fellowships and travel allowances.
This program is supported by the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.