Dr. Melissa Tedone holds a dual appointment as Associate Conservator and Lab Head for Books & Library Materials at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and 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 of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). She served on AIC's Sustainability Committee from 2011 - 2017, and chaired the committee from 2015-2017.
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 then 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 Archival Materials.
At Winterthur, Melissa heads the Library Lab, which is responsible for books in the Museum collection and all of the Library’s collections, including printed books and periodicals, archival materials, photographic materials, and electronic media. In WUDPAC, Melissa oversees library and archives conservation education, which includes teaching the first-year Library Materials Block, as well as supervising majors in their second and third years.
Melissa's current research activities include investigations into the industrialization of the Western book, with a specific focus on the materiality and technology of Victorian-era, cloth-case publisher's bindings; the history, creation, and conservation of decorated papers used in bookbinding; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation education.
Melissa is the lead conservator of the Poison Book Project, an analysis of potentially toxic pigments coloring Victorian-era bookcloth, For more about this project, please visit the Winterthur Wiki.