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Wagner, Katharine C.

Senior Book Conservator

Katharine Wagner specializes in the topic of leather degradation striving to determine the nature of leather degradation through testing and analysis of the historic changes in the leather tanning process. She also writes and speaks about emergency response for cultural heritage objects as well as being a trained first responder representing the Smithsonian on disaster response outreach trips to Haiti, Peru, The Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Background And Education

Education And Training


Selected Publications

  • Article

    • Wagner, Katharine C. 2021. "Leather Selection and Use: A Panel Discussion on the Impact of Conservator's Choices." The Book and Paper Group Annual, 40 198–216. 2021
  • Chapter

    • Wagner, Katharine C. 2022. "The Evolution of Bookbinding Leather: Past, Present and Future." In Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding. Miller, Julia, editor. Ann Arbor, Michigan: The Legacy Press. 7 2022
  • Conference Paper

    • Wagner, Katharine, Minter, William, Wright, Kristi, Bowen, Joanne, and Shirley, Elaine. 2020. "Changes in Animal Husbandry Practices in America from the 17th Century to the Present: An Exploration of Potential Effects on Leather Quality." from Leather 2019: Proceedings of the 11th Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Leather and Related Materials Working Group. (Paris, France) 2019-06-06. Landover, Maryland: International Council of Museums – Committee for Conservation. 2020
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