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. 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, 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 Library & Archives Conservation 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.