Graphics Conservation Laboratory (see
Graphics Conservation Laboratory (GCL) is located on the outskirts of
the Cornell University Campus in the Library Annex, near the Apple Orchard.
The laboratory, established in 1987, has been providing for the care and
conservation of works on paper from the Cornell University Library’s
Asia Collections and from its Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
Consulting and project-based conservation are carried out by the Laboratory
for other Departments of the University including the Herbert F. Johnson
Museum of Art.
Reflecting the primary mission of the University, the laboratory’s focus is on education and promoting the knowledge of the preservation of historic and artistic works. Training and independent study in preservation is open to the undergraduate and graduate students of the College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University. Students, guided by Tatyana Petukhova, the Senior Paper Conservator, and project faculty are engaged in the research of artists’ materials and methods, and practical preventive care.
The pre-conservation internship/study program is funded by Seymour R. Asking Jr. The program brings enthusiastic and deeply committed students to the Laboratory to study the preservation of works on paper. Among the Laboratory’s former interns/students are Cornelia Raugh-Ernst, a Masters Graduate of Fine Art Conservation from the Stuttgart University Conservation Program in Germany, and Matt Hays, a Maters Graduate of Fine Art Conservation from NYU.
The program is presently limited to Cornell University students only.
In 2001, the Graphics Conservation Laboratory received funding from the
Paul Getty Grant Program to support the Getty Postgraduate Fellowship
in Paper Conservation. The two-year fellowship (2001-2003) provided stipends
for two recent graduates for advanced study in conservation techniques,
research, and analysis. Claire McBride, and Hyejung Yum, Master Graduates
of Fine Art Conservation from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle,
U.K. were each awarded for one-year fellowships at the Laboratory (see
Research Projects for details).
In 2005-2006, the Department was awarded a grant by the American
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to further promote
preservation in the United States. As a part of this program, the interns
spent one week at the lab learning about structural composition and methods
for preventive care of works on paper.
The following images are from the Tell-tale Godwit or Snipe print (Plate # 308) of the original double-elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s BIRDS OF AMERICA. The colored print is from the collection of the Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
The Graphics Conservation Laboratory is supported by funds from the State of New York, Mr. Seymour R. Askin Jr., and The Getty Grant Program (2001-03).
Senior Paper Conservator, Tatyana Petukhova has been working
at Cornell University since the Laboratory was established in 1987. Ms.
Petukhova has been a Professional Associate of the American
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works since 1991,
and she holds a Masters Graduate degree in the History and Theory of Art
from the State University of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Under direct supervision
of the Senior Paper Conservator, interns, students, and conservation specialists
are hired on a project or a study basis.