May 20, 2014—Conservators and preservation specialists from across Harvard gathered to learn about the projects and challenges faced by several interns and fellows working across Harvard, in the museums and libraries.
“It was a great learning experience,” said Kelli Piotrowski, a Kress Fellow working at Weissman Preservation Center. “My background is in rare books, and I got to branch out and work with materials ranging from 14th-century manuscripts to mid-20th-century architectural drawings.”
The Harvard Library hosts up to two graduate level conservation interns each year at the Weissman Center. This year, the Library received a grant from the American Institute for Conservation to support a Kress Fellowship in post-graduate conservation work.
Brenda Bernier, head of the Weissman Preservation Center, observed...read more
May 20, 2014—A March 17 or December 24 birthday often meant that the woman did not know her real birthday or perhaps even her age. She perhaps adopted a date significant to Irish Catholicism as a memory aid and as a link to home. A patient who listed two addresses usually worked in service as a maid or cook. They dealt with prejudice and poverty, frequently alone, and often earned a living without education.
These are among the findings of Dr. Ciara Breathnach, the 2013-14 Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow who spent a year looking for clues about impoverished Irish women in the US between 1860 and 1913 in medical records of the New England Hospital for Women and...read more
May 20, 2014—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Associate Film Conservator—Media Preservation (Grade 56, Req# 32499BR)
Executive Assistant—Dumbarton Oaks (Grade 53, Req# 32573BR)
Head of Metadata Creation—Information and Technical Services (Grade 59, Req# 31248BR)
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Brenda Bernier, Liz Coffey and Elizabeth Walters each contributed a chapter to a new textbook for staff of libraries, archives and museums, The Preservation Management Handbook: A 21st-Century Guide for Libraries, Archives and Museums, published in April. Brenda’s chapter is on photographs and negatives, Liz wrote about motion picture film and Elizabeth contributed chapters on magnetic audio and video materials....read more