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Rebecca Elder

Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation
Conservator
Austin, TX
Rebecca Elder is an experienced cultural heritage preservation consultant who specializes in finding practical and achievable solutions for challenging situations.

In 2014, Rebecca founded Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation to provide preservation advice to library, museum and archive clients. For the ten years previous to this, she was a preservation consultant and field services officer at Amigos Library Services. Rebecca received her MSIS and a Certificate of Advanced Studies for Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, and now is adjunct faculty at the iSchool, teaching Preservation Management and Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials. Rebecca has also worked at the Harvard University Libraries and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Over the course of her career, Rebecca has conducted over 100 preservation assessments for institutions ranging from small historical museums to municipalities to large academic libraries, and has taught classes on such topics as Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery, Preservation of Photographic Materials, Archival Holdings Maintenance, and three levels of Book Repair Techniques. Rebecca currently serves as the chair of the Grant Review Committee for the Society of American Archivists’ National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives, and is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Southwest Archivists, the Texas Association of Museums, and the American Association for State and Local History.