JAIC 2005, Volume 44, Number 3, Article 4 (pp. 185 to 202)
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JAIC 2005, Volume 44, Number 3, Article 4 (pp. 185 to 202)

THE LEGACY OF ANTHROPOLOGY COLLECTIONS CARE AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

MICHELE AUSTIN, NATALIE FIRNHABER, LISA GOLDBERG, GRETA HANSEN, & CATHERINE MAGEE




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AUTHOR INFORMATION

MICHELE AUSTIN first came to the ACL as an intern in 1984 and was hired as an assistant move conservator in 1986. She has continued her association with ACL on intermittent contracts, working on exhibits, loans, and hall dismantling projects for almost 20 years. Address: 705 Laurel Lane, Severna Park, MD 21146; maustin-conservation@comcast.net

NATALIE FIRNHABER came to the ACL in 1985, after working as a conservator at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. She is the senior objects conservator and has conservation oversight for all departmental exhibits including large projects such as the recently installed African Voices Exhibition. Address: Smithsonian Institution, Museum Support Center, 4210 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746; firnhaber@SI.EDU

LISA GOLDBERG worked at ACL in 1989 as conservator for a yearlong project to document and treat selected items from the Southwestern Ethnology collections. She served as move conservator from 1990 to 1994. Since then, she has been employed as a conservator in private practice. Address: 261 Wall Street, Corning, NY 14830; lgoldberg@stny.rr.com

GRETA HANSEN began working in the ACL in 1983 as move conservator responsible for the planning, support staff training, and oversight of the transfer of the Department of Anthropology collections to the Museum Support Center. In 1988 she became head of the ACL, assuming responsibility for supervising employees, interns, volunteers and contractors, as well as planning, directing, and coordinating all conservation laboratory functions concerned with the preservation, identification, and technical treatment of departmental collections. Address as for Firnhaber; hanseng@SI.EDU

CATHERINE MAGEE first worked at the ACL in 1999 as a contract conservator for the African Voices exhibit. She joined the lab for a term position 2000–2004 as the loan conservator. Since then she has been employed as a conservator in private practice. Address: 26 14th Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002


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