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Book Conservation Laboratory Staff

Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation 

Bexx Caswell-Olson has over ten years’ experience in the preservation and conservation field, and previously served as Special Collections Conservator at Michigan State University.  She has operated her own business, White Sparrow Bindery, since 2008. Bexx confers with NEDCC clients to develop appropriate book conservation treatment proposals and manages the Center’s team of talented book conservators. She earned a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School, an MS in Library Science with a focus on Preservation Management from Simmons College, and a BA in Non-fiction Writing and Journalism from Eugene Lang College, New School University. Bexx is current president of the Guild of Book Workers and an Associate Member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Kiyoshi Imai, Associate Book Conservator
Kiyoshi Imai has been working in NEDCC's Book Conservation Laboratory since 1989. He specializes in the treatment of a variety of bound materials, including parchment and full leather bindings, and is an expert in leafcasting. His particular interests include Asian bookbinding structures and papermaking. Kiyoshi received a diploma in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School, and he is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).


AIC Professional Associate LogoJessica Henze, Associate Book Conservator
Jessica Henze first came to NEDCC as a summer intern in 2005. She also served as an intern in book conservation at the Carolina Rediviva Library at the University of Uppsala, Sweden in 2006. Since joining the staff of NEDCC in the fall of 2006, Jessica has served as the National Endowment for the Arts Conservation Intern and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Conservation Fellow. Jessica earned a diploma in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School, and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and a member of the Guild of Book Workers.

Mary French, Associate Book Conservator

Professional AssociateMary French has worked in the field of book conservation since 2006. She earned an MA in Conservation Studies at West Dean College, West Sussex, England, and a BA in Medieval & Renaissance Studies and Psychology at Wellesley College. She previously held positions at the Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, England, the Harvard Business School’s Baker Library, and Wellesley College’s Clapp Library, as well as internships at the Boston Athenaeum and the Leather Conservation Centre in Northampton, UK. Her specialties include contemporary and historic binding structures, leather, parchment, and unbound paper materials. Mary is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

 

Amelia Sorensen, Assistant Book Conservator

Amelia completed a book conservation internship at NEDCC in 2009, as well as internships at the New England Historical Genealogical Society and the Boston Athenaeum in 2010. She returned to NEDCC to serve as the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in 2010-2011.  Amelia holds a diploma in Bookbinding from North Bennett Street School, and earned a Certificate in Museum Studies at Harvard Extension School where she interned at the American Textile History Museum. She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economic History where she studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and a member of the Guild of Book Workers (GBW). Additionally, she works with HarvardX  producing online courses in the humanities, religious studies, and material culture.

Terra Huber, Assistant Book Conservator

Terra Huber has studied and worked in the field of conservation since 2009. She has completed internships at The Newberry Library, the Walters Art Museum, the Boston Athenaeum, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Terra earned a Master of Arts with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Tyler School of Arts of Temple University. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), and a member of the Guild of Book Workers.

Ned Schultz, Book Conservation Technician

Ned Schultz received a diploma in Bookbinding from the North Bennett Street School in 2018, where he studied the treatment of a wide variety of binding types. He practiced lettering and decorative tooling, finishing, leather rebacks, and protective enclosures.  Ned participated in a workshop on making marbled paper designs for bookbinding, and studied proper documentation of conservation treatments.  One of his fine bindings was recently displayed at the North Bennett Street School Alumni Exhibit.