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Directory of Conservators for Emergency Planning and Response

The National Heritage Responders (NHR) will respond to the needs of cultural institutions and citizens affected by Hurricane Harvey through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public.

Volunteers will provide advice and referrals by phone at (202) 661-8068.

General information about salvage can be found at ischool.utexas.edu/recovery

The following Texas based Conservators are also available to respond to your inquiries.


* Mary Baughman
Austin, Texas
(512) 507-7262
email: m.c.boffman@mail.utexas.edu
emergency response for library materials

* Rebecca Elder
Austin, TX
(512) 699-3494
email: rebeccaelder@austin.rr.com
book and manuscript conservation, box making, surveys, consulting

* Olivia Primanis
Austin, Texas
(512) 371-1806
email: primanis@mail.utexas.edu
emergency Planning and response for library materials


* Tish Brewer
Dallas, Texas
(214) 718-7097
email: tish@centerforartconservation.com
consulting, preservation and conservation of paper based materials

* Cheryl A. Carrabba, Carrabba Conservation, Inc.
Austin, Texas 78729
(512) 452-5880 fax: (512) 452-6112
email: conservation@austin.rr.com
preservation and conservation of art on paper and archives collections, minor repair of photographic material, consulting

* Corinne Dune
San Marcos, Texas
(512) 738-7735
email: cxdune@gmail.com
preservation and conservation of photographs

* Ken Grant
Wimberley, Texas
(512) 922-5287
email: kgrant@mail.utexas.edu
preservation and conservation of works of art on paper

* Sue Murphy / Consultant and Adjunct Professor at University of Texas School of Information
Austin, Texas
(512) 477-6741, (512) 460-9972 (cell)
email: suemurphy2@mac.com, smurph@mail.utexas.edu
preservation and stabilization of art on paper and archives collections; conservation surveys, as well as preservation needs assessments for libraries, archives, and museums

* Karen Pavelka / School of Information,
University of Texas School of Information
Austin, Texas
(512) 471-8286, fax (512) 471-8285
email: pavelka@mail.utexas.edu
preservation education and public lectures, preservation and conservation of paper, books and archives collections, consulting


* Melanie D. Sanford,
Textile Preservation Services of Texas
Dallas, Texas
(214) 995-0696
email: info@conservingthreads.com
consultation, preservation and conservation of textiles


* Fran Baas
Dallas, TX
(214) 922-1287
email: fbaas@dma.org
consultation, preservation and conservation of objects

* Kenn Darity, Art Restorations, Inc.
Dallas, TX
(214) 350-0811, fax (214) 350-3485
email: info@artrestinc.com
decorative objects, wooden artifacts

* Cher Goodson, Art Restorations, Inc.
Dallas, TX
(214) 350-0811, fax (214) 350-3485
email: info@artrestinc.com
painting, decorative objects, wooden artifacts

* Mary Frederickson
Canyon, TX
(806) 433-2602 or (806) 655-1362
email: MFCoyoacan@aol.com
objects, paintings, paper

* Steve Pine, Decorative Arts Conservation
Sugar Land (Houston area), TX
(281) 546-7059
email: spine2@comcast.net
conservation and restoration of furniture, 17th-21st century specialty

* Brad Ford Smith, Studio Six Art Conservation
Dallas Texas
(972) 415-1486
email: brad_studiosix@yahoo.com
conservation of historic objects: furniture, boxes, polychrome, ethnographics, wood, lacquer, marquetry, ivory, ceramics, consultation and collection surveys

* Maria Valentina Sheets
Dallas, Texas
(972) 672-8965
email: mvsheets@verizon.net
consulting, preservation and conservation of objects, fire damaged material.

* Wesley Sorenson, Conservation Arts Group
Dallas, TX
(214) 298-9913
email: wessorensen@sbcglobal.net
works of: metal, glass, wood, fired clay, synthetic
historic paint analysis, gilding, outdoor sculpture

* Elena Torok
(214) 922-1302
email: etorok@dma.org
conservation of objects and time based media, preventative conservation, consultation

* Catherine Williams,
Silver Lining Art Conservation, LLC
Austin, TX
(512) 695-3260
email: cat_wms@yahoo.com
consultation, preservation and conservation of objects


* Laura Eva Hartman
Dallas, Texas
(214) 922-1386
email: LHartman@dma.org

Helen Houp
Dallas, TX
(214) 366-4700
email: helen@pixfix.org
conservation of paintings, murals, modern paintings, paper, and photographs, on site surveys of collections, full range photography, and consultation

* Richard Trela, Trela Fine Art Conservation
Canyon, TX
(806) 655-5630
email: rtrela@suddenlink.net
conservation of paintings, murals, decorative objects, environmental management, preventative conservation, survey treatment assessment

* Mark E. van Gelder,
Art Conservation Services of Austin
Austin, Texas
(512) 458-9809
email: mark_vg@sbcglobal.net
preservation and restoration of paintings, murals, period frames, and painted historic surfaces; conservation assessment and consulting

* Jill Whitten & Rob Proctor
Whitten & Proctor Fine Art Conservation
Houston, Texas
(713) 426-0191
email: wp@whittenandproctor.com
conservation and restoration of paintings and murals, consultation, surveys, lectures and workshops

To locate Conservators with specific expertise and/or in other states, consult the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works "Find a Conservator" information at: conservation-us.org

This list is maintained by the Conservation Department of the Harry Ransom Center
(512) 471-9117


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