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Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Heritage Science for Conservation (HSC) program brings materials scientists/engineers and book and paper conservators into the same laboratory to:

  • conduct research into heritage materials degradation and conservation technologies;
  • perform analyses to answer conservation treatment questions and expand that analytical capacity for HSC and the greater community;
  • produce and widely disseminate information, products, and processes of demonstrated use at the book and paper conservator’s bench.

To accomplish this mission, HSC partners with other academic laboratories, peer cultural heritage institutions, and industry. HSC disseminates its work widely to conservation, library, industrial, scientific, and engineering audiences.

Postdoctoral fellows perform a central role in HSC’s research. HSC sends a call for research proposals each year. To learn more, visit the Internships and Fellowships page.

Research Highlights

HSC seeks to perform research within six Research Areas. Ongoing initiatives include:

  • Understanding of, and treatment development for, metal catalyzed paper corrosion from sizes, pigments, and inks
  • Technologies for heritage paper strengthening.


Presentations & Publications

Click here for a current list of presentations and publications.

For further information on HSC, contact Patricia McGuiggan or Mark Pollei.