Welcome Lisa!

In January of this year we welcomed a new conservator to the Preservation Lab!

A white woman with brown hair, a black face mask, and a black t-shirt leans over an illuminated light table with light brown parchment pieces on it.
Lisa Muccigrosso, Conservator for Iowa State University Library, aligns a new parchment patch to a damaged parchment book cover.

Lisa studied traditional bookbinding at North Bennet Street School in Boston and has an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s worked in book and paper conservation labs in the Northeast and Midwest, including the Boston Athenæum, the Northeast Document Conservation Center, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. She’s also worked in an art museum, at a fine press printing studio, attended Rare Book School, and studied historical preservation and painting techniques in San Gemini, Italy. She’s been an avid appreciator of books as objects from a young age.

Lisa is excited to learn all she can about our Special Collections and University Archives so she can continue the great work of her predecessor, Sonya Barron, who left the ISU Preservation Lab after six years to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the National Archives and Records Administration. We wish Sonya the best while we welcome Lisa and look forward to the future!

Have questions for our new conservator? Send a message to preserve@iastate.edu and Lisa will be happy to consult with you!

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