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Lockshin, Nora S.

Senior Conservator

Archive and library preservation and conservation, including: books, works on paper, photographic, audiovisual and born-digital media. This includes disaster lifecycle management for cultural heritage materials, and management of hazardous collections, including nitrate materials. 

Current research interests at SIA include: physical deterioration, treatment, use and imaging of letterpress copying books (see Publications and Other); physical deterioration and treatment of optical discs. Related to the American Women's History Initiative, research into physical deterioration and treatment of the works of Adelia Gates, on dark Canson Montgolfier papers. Personal research includes the legacy and works of Edith Diehl, bookbinder, teacher and author. 

Professional Biography

  • Nora S. Lockshin, Senior Conservator for the Smithsonian Institution Archives, leads conservation and preservation programs, providing treatment, guidance, research, training and advocacy, and consultation for caregivers of collections throughout the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo.

    She serves on Smithsonian’s Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergency team, the Smithsonian Emergency Management Advisory Committee, and on the steering committee for the DC Alliance for Response. She has developed trainings and worked on the ground in emergency recovery efforts with Smithsonian’s Cultural Rescue Initiative and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, with cultural heritage stewards in Haiti, the Southeastern United States, and Puerto Rico. She serves as a subject matter expert for analytical investigation and repatriation of stolen property.