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EDUCATION

M.S. in Art Conservation, May 2016
M.A. in Art History, May 2016
New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center, New York, NY
Thesis: Marguerite Duprez Lahey: A Collector’s Bookbinder
Recipient of the Institute of Fine Arts’ Outstanding Essay in the Decorative Arts, 2015

B.A. in Liberal Arts, magna cum laude, June 2007
Major in Russian Studies, Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies
Carleton College, Northfield, MN


CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE

New York Historical Society, New York, NY
October 2016 – December 2016

  • Rehouse architectural drawings and ambrotypes
  • Conduct item level treatment on objects for exhibit

New York Society Library, New York, NY
August 2016 – October 2016

  • Developing and conducting treatments for books in circulating and special collections, including paper repair, resewing textblocks, and rebacking books.

Weissman Preservation Center, Cambridge, MA
September 2015 – July 2016

  • Humidified, flattened, and repaired seven legal documents on parchment
  • Repaired and stabilized Italian limp vellum account books, conducting paper and parchment repairs with Japanese tissue and goldbeater’s skin respectively, stabilizing broken tackets, and adapting existing housing to better fit the objects
  • Participated in media consolidation of multiple manuscript pages
  • Stabilized and re-sewed Chinese bindings for exhibit and handling
  • Mended heavily damaged fold-out maps in 16th and 17th century atlases, including removal of acrylic and glassine tapes and stabilization of parchment binding.
  • Assisted with the stabilization of mold-damaged archival documents by resizing the paper and conducting minimal repairs with solvent-set tissue
  • Assisted with exhibit preparation for two exhibitions, including consulting with curators, measuring items for mounts, building cradles and support boards with mat board and Vivak, and strapping items in place
  • Conducted peptide analysis using MALDI for species identification of parchment and leather
  • Assisted with the bulk creation of remoistenable and solvent-set tissues
  • Participated in emergency response for thousands of glass plate negatives damaged by flooding, and assisted in testing recovery procedures
  • Participated in condition assessments of objects to be digitized
  • Wrote treatment reports, consulted with curators, logged hours, and photographed items throughout treatment process

Gladys Brooks Conservation Laboratory, New York, NY
July 2014 – August 2014

  • Conducted re-backs of four books – two with cloth lined with paper, and two with leather, facing the original leather with rubber cement and plastic wrap
  • Rebound collection of bookplates by converting existing binder to post binding
  • Created enclosures for special collections items, including drop spine boxes, wrappers with Mylar spines, and four flap boxes
  • Wrote treatment reports and photographed items throughout treatment process

Villa La Pietra, Florence, Italy
June 2014

  • Implemented condition survey of the Villa’s five library collections and minor stabilization treatments of surveyed items
  • Assisted in organizing handling workshop for curators and librarians and developed interim handling guidelines for use over the next year
  • Treated two intaglio prints and assisted in treatment of shattered silk folding screen with adhered paper decorative motifs

Barbara Goldsmith Conservation Laboratory, New York, NY
March – November 2013

  • Undertook basic conservation treatment procedures including creating housing, re-backing books, and conducting minor paper repairs

Library of Congress, Washington, DC
May 2011 – July 2012

  • Re-bound two nineteenth century Chinese books and mended with heat-set tissue
  • Treated mid-nineteenth century map by lining and additional cross-grain mends with RK-2 to reinforce weak areas and fill in areas of loss
  • Conducted adhesive removal, aqueous wash, alkalization, and aqueous stain removal of lithographic print, followed by paper mending and reinsertion into nineteenth century book
  • Assisted with gelatin sizing, flattening, and mending of The Gazette from 1793
  • Wrote treatment reports and photographed items throughout treatment process

Quarto Conservation of Books and Paper, Silver Spring, MD
July 2010 – July 2012

  • Conducted basic conservation treatment procedures such as paper repair, re-backing books, and building enclosures.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

History of Bookbinding with Alexis Hagadorn, January 2013
Book Illustration Processes with Jane Siegel, January 2013
Paleography with Consuelo Dutschke, January 2013
Descriptive Bibliography with Gerald Cloud, January 2013
Parchment with Abigail Quandt, January 2013
Calendar Books with Pamela Spitzmueller, March 2013
Leather Covering Techniques with Jeff Altepeter, May 2013
The Three Ls: Limp – Link – Long with Adam Larsson, May 2013
An Historical, Personal Almanac with Pamela Spitzmueller, May 2013
Historic Book Structures with Alexis Hagadorn, Vasare Rastonis, and Jennifer Jarvis, June 2013
Old Ways of Making Books from Raw Materials with Jim Croft, July 2013
Modern Print Identification with Stephanie Lussier and Scott Homolka, November 2013
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop with Orit Mardkha-Tenzer, February 2014
Book Enclosures with Angela Andres and Lou Di Gennaro, March 2014
Artist Interview Workshop with Richard Candida Smith and Jill Sterrett, April 2014
Structures for Book Conservation with Gary Frost, May 2014
The History of the Book in America with James Green and Chela Metzger, November 2014
The 19th Century Persian “Frame” Binding with Yasmeen Khan, January 2015
Making and Sharpening Knives and Edge Tools with Jeff Peachey, March 2015
Basic Exhibit Mounts with Angela Andres and Lou Di Gennaro, April 2015
European Bookbinding, 1450-1820 with Nicholas Pickwoad, July 2015
Salvaging Wet Audiovisual Materials with Liz Coffey and Elizabeth Walters, January 2016


LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

“Preserving Manuscripts and Bound Materials: Techniques for Display and Handling.” Workshop conducted at the National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan, December 2016.

“The Rationale for Rebinding at the Pierpont Morgan Library in the Early Twentieth Century: A Case Study.” Paper presented at the American Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works and Canadian Association for Conservation Joint Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, May 2016.

“Let There Be (Less) Light! A Comparison of the Radiation-blocking Properties of Selected Window Films.” With S. Weintraub. Poster presented at the American Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works and Canadian Association for Conservation Joint Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, May 2016.

“The Rationale for Rebinding at the Pierpont Morgan Library in the Early Twentieth Century: A Case Study.” Paper presented at the Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2016.

“Let There Be (Less) Light! A Comparison of the Radiation-blocking Properties of Selected Window Films.” With S. Weintraub. Poster presented at the Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2016.


PUBLICATIONS

Haqqi, S. “The Rationale for Rebinding at the Pierpont Morgan Library in the Early Twentieth Century: A Study of Bindings by Marguerite Duprez Lahey.” In press. Book and Paper Group Annual 35.

Johnson, Jr., C.R., W. A. Sethares, M. H. Ellis, S. Haqqi, R. Snyder, E. Hinterding, I. van Leeuwen, A. Wallert, D. Christoforou, J. van der Lubbe, N. Orenstein, A. Campbell, and G. Dietz. “The Application of Automated Chain Line Pattern (CLiP) Matching to Identify Paper Mouldmate Candidates in Rembrandt’s Prints” in New Directions in the Study of Rembrandt and His Circle, in press.

Johnson, Jr., C.R., W.A. Sethares, M.H. Ellis, and S. Haqqi. “Hunting for Paper Moldmates among Rembrandt’s Prints.” IEEE Signal Processing Magazine 32, no. 4 (2015): 28-37.


GRANTS & AWARDS

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation George Stout Grant, 2016
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation Carolyn Horton Grant, 2016
New York University Student Senators Council Conference Fund Grant, 2016
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Library and Archive Conservation, 2012 – 2016


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Program Co-Chair April 2014 – Present
New York Chapter, Guild of Bookworkers

NYU Student Liaison July 2014 – June 2015
Emerging Conservation Professionals Network, American Institute for Conservation

Co-Outreach Officer July 2013 – June 2014
Emerging Conservation Professionals Network, American Institute for Conservation


MEMBERSHIPS

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Guild of Book Workers, New York Chapter


SKILLS

  • Working knowledge of Russian and Urdu
  • Comfortable with conducting beta radiography, using MALDI for peptide analysis, documenting treatment procedures and object condition using digital photography and written reports, and image processing
  • Expert at MS Word and Outlook, and online databases including Foundation Center Online, Lexis Nexis, JSTOR, MLA International Bibliography, WorldCat, and ProQuest
  • Familiar with MS Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge, WordPress, and Twitter
  • Some knowledge of Adobe InDesign
  • Comfortable using Mac or PC operating systems

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