New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Conservation Center at IFA Awarded Grant for Education and Training of Library and Archive Conservators by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

January 12, 2011

The Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) has been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a four-year pilot program in the education and training of library and archive conservators. The Mellon Foundation has awarded an initial grant of $315,000 for the creation of a collaborative program aimed at enhancing graduate level offerings in library and archive conservation training.

The pilot program will involve a joint partnership between Columbia University Libraries, the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, and the Morgan Library and Museum. The goal of the program is to connect the various resources available for book conservation training within a focused, consolidated program of study. The project will build upon the current curriculum while expanding special training through library and information courses, practical instruction from leading conservators, and focused summer and winter intersession workshops.

“A primary feature of the program will be the collaborative network of partner institutions,” said Margaret Holben Ellis, Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation at the Conservation Center. “Students will have access to a wealth of training opportunities and excellent resources across the country. NYU is not alone in addressing the increasing need for library and archive conservators; Buffalo State College and Winterthur-University of Delaware will offer similar programs each based on their individual programmatic strengths.”

Through this pilot program, the Conservation Center hopes to help establish a foundation for the future enhancement and expansion of library and archive conservation training in the United States. Patricia Rubin, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts added: “We are grateful that the Foundation has agreed to support this joint training effort and we believe that this innovative program will help to directly address the on-going need for library and archive conservators to care for America’s cultural heritage collections.”

The will accommodate up to two entering students each academic year who are specializing in library and archive conservation. The Conservation Center will provide full tuition for these students who will be selected during the upcoming spring admissions review for the fall 2011 incoming class.

This Article is in the following Topics:
Institute of Fine Arts

Type: Article

Press Contact: Richard Pierce | (212) 998-6796

Conservation Center at IFA Awarded Grant for Education and Training of Library and Archive Conservators by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Student conservator Lisa Clare Nelson performing a basic book repair.


Search News



NYU In the News

Paying It Backward: NYU Alum Funds Scholarships

The Wall Street Journal profiled Trustee Evan Chesler on why he decided to chair the Momentum fund-raising campaign.

A Nobel Prize Party: Cheese, Bubbles, and a Boson

The New Yorker talked to Professor Kyle Cranmer and graduate student Sven Kreiss about NYU’s role in the discovery of the Higgs boson, which resulted in a Nobel prize for the scientists who predicted its existence.

The World as They Knew It

The New York Times reviewed the exhibit at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World on how ancient Greeks and Romans mapped the known and unknown areas of their world.

Elite Institutions: Far More Diverse Than They Were 20 Years Ago

NYU made stronger gains over the last 20 years in increasing diversity than any other major research university, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Program Seeks to Nurture ‘Data Science Culture’
at Universities

The New York Times reported on the multi-million collaboration among NYU and two other universities to harness the potential of Big Data, including an interview with Professor Yann LeCun, director of NYU’s Center for Data Science.

NYU Footer