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University of DelawareNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClassF63BFEA318EF43298122E94A57D9609D"><p></p><div style="font-size:16px;color:#000000;font-family:calibri, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;"><p>Dr. Melissa Tedone is Conservator and Lab Head for Library Materials Conservation at Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library, and Affiliated Associate Professor in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC). She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). <br></p><p>Melissa earned her doctorate in Slavic literary history at Yale University, where her passion for archival research evolved into a passion for preserving the cultural record. She attended the Preservation and Conservation Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information and graduated with an MSIS and Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation of Library and Archives Materials. She has worked in the conservation labs of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Lewis Walpole Library, the University of Texas Architecture and Planning Library, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Iowa State University Library. <br></p><p>At Winterthur, Melissa cares for books in the museum collection and all materials in the library's collections, including printed books and periodicals, manuscripts, ephemera, photographic materials, and machine-readable media.  As WUDPAC Affiliated Associate Professor, she teaches the first-year Library Materials Block and supervises Library & Archives Conservation Education (LACE) Fellows in their second and third years. <br></p><p>Working in partnership with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance, Melissa serves as PI, program coordinator, and a site supervisor for the HBCU Library Preservation Internship Program, which introduces advanced HCBU undergraduates to careers in library preservation through fully funded summer internships at nationally-recognized library conservation labs. <br></p><p>Melissa is the lead conservator of the <a rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="http://wiki.winterthur.org/wiki/Poison_Book_Project">Poison Book Project</a>, an investigation of toxic colorants in nineteenth-century Victorian bookcloth, and a founding co-chair of the Bibliotoxicology Working Group. “BibTox” is an international cohort of conservators, conservation scientists, librarians, and health and safety professionals who are developing best practices for the identification and management of historical bookbinding collections with potentially toxic components.  <br></p><p>Melissa's additional research interests include the industrialization of the Euro-American book; writing media and implements of the eighteenth to early twentieth century; historical marbling techniques; and diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in conservation education.  <br></p><p>In addition to AIC, Melissa belongs to the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers (GBW), the Philadelphia Area Conservation Association (PACA), and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP). </p><p>Melissa loves cats <em>and</em> dogs, is a certified Master Gardener, and can be found posting about interspecies pet friendship, gardening, and library conservation on Instagram as @persistent.girl.memory. ​​<br></p></div></div>Tedone Ph.D., Melissa <img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/Tedone_Headshot720px_2019-04-16.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Conservator and Lab Head for Library Materials ConservationAffiliated Associate Professor

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