THE U.S. FIRST LADIES GOWNS: A BIOCHEMICAL STUDY OF SILK PRESERVATION
MARY A. BECKER, POLLY WILLMAN, & NOREEN C. TUROSS
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MARY A. BECKER is a Science and Technology Agency / National Science Foundation fellow at the National Institute of Sericultural and Entomological Science in Tsukuba, Japan. She received the first Ph.D. specializing in conservation science in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the Johns Hopkins University. She received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in textile engineering from North Carolina State University. Address: Department of Silk and Biopolymer Technology, National Institute of Sericultural and Entomological Science, 1-2 Ohwashi, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken 305, Japan.
POLLY WILLMAN is the senior textile conservator in the Department of Conservation at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. She holds a B.S. in textile science and an M.A. in historic costume and preservation, both from Colorado State University. She was responsible for coordinating the conservation of the costumes in the First Ladies Collection. Address: BB017, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 20560.
NOREEN C. TUROSS is a research biochemist at the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation Analytical Laboratory. After receiving her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1985, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bone Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health. She is interested in the degradation of biomolecules in the museum environment and in the fossil record. Address: Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 20560.