The Library Names Conservation Fellow

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

September 10, 2008, New York, NY

Melissa Buschey has been appointed as Conservation Fellow at The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary. The announcement was made by Dr. David Kraemer, JTS Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian.

“The Library considers the conservation of its priceless treasures and the making of these treasures available to the world-at-large as two of its most crucial responsibilities. In Melissa, we have found an expert who truly appreciates the significance of conserving these incomparable resources,” said Dr. Kraemer.

A graduate of the University of Chicago, where she received a BA degree from the Committee on Visual Arts, Buschey received an MA in Art History and an Advanced Certificate in Conservation from the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Prior to coming to JTS, she worked at Tibet House New York and Rieger Art Conservation. She served as a conservation intern at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. She also assisted the resident artist at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Buschey is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Buschey’s appointment, and the hiring of two part-time staff members, was made possible through a $100,000 gift from the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation and an anonymous gift. Buschey’s first priority will be to conduct a survey of 900 manuscripts in The Library of which there are no microfilmed copies; if damaged, these invaluable resources would be lost. The manuscripts that can withstand human handling will be digitally photographed and made available on line for students and scholars across the globe.

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