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Highlights from NEDCC’s History

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1973

George Cunha founds the New England Document Conservation Center. The Center is housed for a short time on his property in Topsfield, Massachusetts, then moves to the Merrimack Valley Textile Museum’s facility in North Andover, Massachusetts.

1976

NEDCC moves to Abbot Hall on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover.

1978

Ann Russell appointed Executive Director

1978

NEDCC’s preservation microfilming service introduced

1980

New England Document Conservation Center incorporated as NORTHEAST Document Conservation Center

1980

Field Service Office created to provide training and expertise

1983

Photograph duplication service introduced

1986

“Basic Preservation Packet” of 20 technical leaflets released

1988

NEDCC develops pilot disaster planning and recovery project for four NY regional library councils

1990

NEDCC relocated to the renovated mill building at 100 Brickstone Square in Andover, Massachusetts

1994

George Cunha dies and a memorial fund is established

1994

NEDCC hosts visitors from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, for training and consultation

1995

First School for Scanning: A Conference on Digitization, Microfilm, and Preservation presented at the JFK Library, Boston

1996

NEDCC Eastern European exchange program begins

1996

NEDCC Website goes live

1998

NEDCC presents the “International Conference on Preservation of Paper and Photographs” at the National Archives of Cuba

2000

NEDCC presents a workshop on managing preservation in Cape Town, South Africa

2001

NEDCC offers “Preservation 101: The Free Online Introduction to Preservation”

2003

NEDCC receives an IMLS grant to develop dPlan: The Online Disaster Planning Tool

2004

NEDCC receives an IMLS grant to produce the “Preservation Education Curriculum” for graduate schools of library and information science

2004

dPlan: The Online Disaster Planning Tool  launch announced

2004

First Eastern European Photograph Conservation institute (2004-2008)

2005

NEDCC’s Field Services offers Hurricane Katrina recovery support through workshops in Louisiana

2005

NEDCC’s new Digital Services announced

2005

First Persistence of Memory: Stewardship of Digital Assets conference presented in Tucson, AZ

2006

NEDCC collaborates with VT Museum and Gallery Alliance to present disaster preparedness workshops for ME, NH and VT, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts

2006

NEDCC receives an IMLS grant for “Lessons Learned: A New Model for Statewide Disaster Planning” later to become COSTEP, Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness

2008

Executive Director Ann Russell retires

2009

John Ott serves as Interim Executive Director

2009

Bill Veillette appointed Executive Director

2009

NEDCC offers new X-Ray scanning service

2010

ALA Midwinter Boston Tour of NEDCC

2010

First Eastern European Photograph Conservation Internship (2010-present)

2010

First Tectonics of Digital Curation conference, MIT Cambridge, MA

2011

NEDCC staff members travel to the Hemingway Museum at Finca Vigía, Cuba, to offer training and consultation on the conservation of the Museum’s paper, book, and photographic collections

2011

New Oversize Imaging Studio announced

2011

NEDCC hosts Darya Smirnova, paper conservator at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, for three- week training program

2011

Deb Wender, Director of Book Conservation retires

2011

Mary Patrick Bogan appointed Director of Book Conservation

2012

Tom Rieger joins the staff as Director of Imaging Services

2012

NEDCC expands digital imaging service for color and black and white film

2013

NEDCC awarded IMLS National Leadership Grant to develop a new service for converting rare and historic audio formats to digital format using the IRENE/3D technology

2013

Walter Newman retires after a 30-year career in conservation

2013

Michael Lee returns to NEDCC as Director of Paper Conservation

2013

NEDCC celebrates its 40th Anniversary by releasing a refreshed and redesigned website

2014

Jessica Bitely appointed Director of Preservation Services

 2014

NEDCC signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nishio Conservation Studio in Washington D.C., defining a business agreement to partner in a common pursuit to conserve Asian artwork in the U.S, and to train conservators in the speciality.

2015

NEDCC launches the new IRENE Audio Preservation Service

2015

Terrance D'Ambrosio joins the staff as Director of Imaging Services

2017

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NEDCC expands its Audio Preservation Services to include digitization of magnetic and digital audio tape.

2017

Ann Marie Willer join the staff as Director of Preservation Services

2017

Bryce Roe joins the staff as Manager of Audio Preservation Services