Dr. Melissa Tedone is the Book & Library Conservator at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, and Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. 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.
Dr. Tedone 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. After several years working as a technician for the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Lewis Walpole Library, and the Connecticut-based sculpture conservation firm ConservArt LLC, she attended the Preservation and Conservation Studies program at the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin. She completed her third-year internship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with an MSIS and Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation of Library and Archival Materials in 2009.
From 2009-2015, Dr. Tedone served as the Library & Archives Conservator at Iowa State University Library, where she managed a hybrid lab caring for 2.5 million circulating volumes as well as Special Collections and Archives materials. She also created and administrated the ISU Library Preservation Department's blog and social media presence, and she continues to use social media as a tool for preservation outreach. She now blogs under the B(ook)log link, above,
At Winterthur, Dr. Tedone 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. As UD Affiliated Faculty, she teaches the first year Library Materials Block, and supervises majors in their second and third years.
Her current research interests include structural and material culture approaches to the history of the book; early book and document care practices in the American home; identification and conservation of 19th and 20th century writing inks; the relationship between digitization and the conservation of physical textual artifacts in philosophy and practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation education.