Tiny books, x-rays, and ancient texts: a year as an intern at Stanford Libraries' Conservation Services

August 20, 2018
Kristen St.John
Michelle C. Smith

Michelle C. Smith will give a presentation on her final year of graduate school in the Buffalo State College Art Conservation Program. This will include her 2017 summer internship at the Bibliothèque nationale de France and her year spent working at Stanford Libraries' Conservation Services under Kristen St. John and David Brock. 

During her internship at Stanford, Michelle has performed conservation treatments on Stanford Libraries' Special Collections materials, such as multi-volume sets from the Charles J. Tanenbaum Collection, as well as materials from the Bowes Art & Architecture Library. She has also worked with Ann Myers and Freya Channing on the Peter and Donna Thomas collection and created housings for 112 miniature artists' books, performed a survey of the Shikamura Papers at the East Asia Library to prepare for the collection's digitization, and participated in the synchroton rapid-scan x-ray fluorescence imaging of the Syriac Galen Palimpsest at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, a division of SLAC.

Her presentation will cover some of her activities outside of Stanford Libraries as well, including her participation in the University of Michigan Library's two-week Papyrus Conservation Summer Seminar earlier this year.

This will be a 30-minute presentation followed by time for questions.

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