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Conservation and Preservation Internships

The John W. & Mildred Bissinger Endowment allows Manuscripts Archives and Special Collections (MASC) to offer Conservation/Preservation Internships.

The successful candidates will work in the Conservation/Preservation Laboratory in MASC at Washington State University (Pullman, WA) under the supervision of Linnea Rash, Conservator/Preservation Museum Specialist. The intent is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to make sound decisions regarding archival mending techniques.

Conservation activities may include:

  • Introduction to Conservation/Bookbinding tools and materials
  • Mending of pamphlet bindings
  • Construction of a variety of protective enclosures
  • Dry-cleaning methods and mending of paper artifacts
  • Various textblock sewing techniques
  • Leather preparation and covering

The internship is offered to a graduate student interested in Conservation/Preservation and who wants to gain a better understanding of the issue through hands-on experience. Candidates must have a 3.5 GPA and submit a resume and essay stating how this internship shall assist in advancing their interest in Conservation/Preservation.

Interested applicants may also review more about the MASC’s Conservation and Preservation efforts.

For further information about the Conservation/Preservation Internship, please contact Trevor James Bond.


Open to Collaborate Our institution is committed to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnership with Indigenous peoples for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections.



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