The Department of Conservation and Preservation is one of the oldest uninterrupted book and paper conservation departments in an academic library. Since its beginnings, the Department’s mission has included addressing both the preservation and conservation needs of its collections and in the active training of conservators.
The department serves the conservation and preservation needs of the Sheridan Libraries and University Museums collections and provides intermediate and advanced training for conservators. It is divided into three functional units: Conservation Services, Preservation Services, and Heritage Science for Conservation (HSC).
Conservation & Preservation has a long history of apprentice-style training for conservators and continues to provide book and paper conservation training opportunities, including intermediate and advanced workshops, consultancies, internships, and research fellowships. These opportunities have been made possible through generous grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kress Foundation, and private benefactors.