Lois Olcott Price

Director of Conservation, Senior Conservator of Library Collections
and Affiliated Assistant Professor

  • Lois Price in the Library and Archives conservation laboratory at Winterthur

Lois Olcott Price, Director of Conservation and Affiliated Assistant Professor, graduated cum laude with a major in history from Connecticut College in 1971. After completing her M.A. in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture she worked for The Magazine Antiques and served as Director of Museum Planning for the Filson Club in Louisville, KY. In 1980 she completed her M.S. in WUDPAC majoring in paper conservation and interning at the Library of Congress. For the next 13 years she worked at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, a non-profit regional center in Philadelphia, rising to the position of senior conservator responsible for the treatment of all library and archival materials. In 1986 she also assumed responsibility for co-managing the laboratory which involved training interns, apprentices and technicians, performing and supervising conservation surveys, and designing and conducting educational programs. In 1994, Price became Conservator of Library Collections for the Winterthur Museum where she was responsible for all conservation activities in an 85,000-volume special collections library and for teaching in both the WUDPAC and WPEAC programs. In 2007 she became Director of Conservation at Winterthur, assuming responsibility for supervising a staff of 20 conservators and support staff and for promoting conservation activities and education throughout the institution and in the larger community. Her professional activities include conservation advocacy and outreach leading to involvement in disaster relief activities after Hurricane Katrina, a current project training cultural heritage professionals in Iraq and engagement in public programs to help Winterthur reach new audiences.  Her long-term research interest in architectural drawings resulted in the 2010 publication of Line, Shade and Shadow: The Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural Drawings, which won the Historic Preservation Book of the Year Award.