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Mellon Library and Archive Conservation

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Unlike most applicants to the conservation program, students wishing to specialize in library and archive conservation must declare their interest in this specialty at time of application and/or during their interview. Once admitted, students then follow a targeted degree path that begins from day one and is slightly altered from our general program curriculum. This allows the student to focus on developing the necessary skills particular to a library and archive conservator as early as possible in their graduate education. In addition to the core curriculum courses and open art history electives, Mellon library & archive students commit to coursework offered at Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science, which includes History of the Book, Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship and/or Descriptive Bibliography and Rare Book Cataloging.

Advanced treatment coursework begins in the second year with The Conservation Treatment of Prints and Drawings I, where students are trained in a wide variety of paper conservation treatments. They will then choose to specialize in paper materials—bound and unbound—as well as digital or electronic media that are typically found in libraries and archive collections. This collaborative program involves a number of partner institutions, including the Columbia University Libraries, Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science, and the Morgan Library & Museum. Students in this track have a wealth of practical training opportunities in collections around the country and internationally, including winter intersessions and summer workshops in historic bookbinding, paleography, book illustration processes, and descriptive bibliography.