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The Thaw Conservation Center at The Morgan Library & Museum, a world-class laboratory for the conservation of works on paper and parchment—drawings, prints, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, fine bindings, and literary, historical, and music manuscripts—as well as a place for conservation studies, opened in February 2002. Occupying the entire 5,600-square-foot fourth floor of the historic Morgan House, the Thaw Center more than doubles the size of the previous conservation facilities and will afford broader investigation, treatment, and training opportunities. Designated areas accommodate wet and dry conservation treatments, book conservation, matting and framing, advanced seminars, graduate internships, postgraduate fellowships, and visiting scholars. The Centerprovides the safest environment for the care of objects as well as for the conservators who handle them.

The New York–based firm Samuel Anderson Architect designed the Thaw Center.

Margaret Holben Ellis, Professor of Conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, is the Director of The Thaw Conservation Center.

More from The Thaw Conservation Center:
Jane Austen's Writing: A Technical Perspective
Dürer and the Woodcut
Edgar Degas
Jim Dine: Drawing with Light
Ingres at the Morgan: Materials and Methods
Preserving a Masterpiece: "Desilking" A Christmas Carol
From Drawing to Print: Abraham Bloemaert's Danaë Receiving the Golden Rain
Titian's Heroes: A Forensic Analysis
Jean-Joseph Chamant: The Lost Sketchbook

Margaret Holben Ellis, Director, Thaw Conservation Center

Reba Snyder, Conservator

Maria Fredericks, Drue Heinz Book Conservator

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