Dr. Melissa Tedone is Associate Conservator for Books & Library Materials 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).
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.
As Head of the Library Lab at Winterthur, Melissa cares for books in the Museum collection and all materials in the Library's collections, including printed books and periodicals, archives collections, 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.
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, eight-week summer internships at nationally-recognized library conservation labs.
Melissa's current research interests include structural and material culture approaches to the history of the book; the industrialization of the Western book; early book and document care practices in Europe and the Americas; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation education. Melissa belongs to the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, the Philadelphia Area Conservation Association, and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing.
Melissa loves cats and 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.