Summer Internship in Conservation

architectural stackThe University of Virginia Library is pleased to offer once again a six-week internship for the summer of 2014 in the Preservation Services Department working with the Book Conservator for the University Library Collections. The purpose of the internship is to perform conservation treatment on a collection of architectural drawings from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The architectural drawings are a mixture of blue prints and original tracings from the archive of Edmund Schureman Campbell, who was a professor of architecture at the University of Virginia from 1929-1950. The drawings will be assessed by the intern and prioritized according to complexity of treatment and available time within the schedule of the internship. The intern will write a treatment plan for each selected drawing and maintain the written documentation throughout the treatment process.

The Campbell drawings display a variety of damage consistent with age and frequent handling that can have a high impact on the physical state of working architectural drawings. Likely treatments include dry cleaning, adhesive and pressure sensitive tape removal, paper mending, humidification and flattening, and use of an ultrasonic welder to encapsulate selected drawings. Pre-treatment photo documentation will be performed by the library’s Digital Services Department prior to the intern’s arrival. It is expected that the intern will participate in the after-treatment photo-doc at the end of the six week internship.  The intern will be required to give a presentation to library staff at the end of the internship, describing the project overall and highlighting a few specific details from the treatments.

Treatment will be performed in the UVa Library Conservation Lab, a small but well-equipped facility with a 4 foot x 6 foot treatment sink, de-ionized water system, fume trunk, suction platen, and the usual tools. The treatment will be performed under the supervision of the Book Conservator for Library Collections and in consultation with the Library Curator for the University Archives.

The Library is offering a $4000 stipend to support the internship, generously supported by Brad and Margery Lee. The internship can be scheduled for any consecutive six-week period between June 16, 2014 and September 1, 2014. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled. The ideal candidate will have prior treatment experience with architectural drawings.

Applicants should send a resume, letter of interest, and contact information for three professional references via email to:

Eliza Gilligan
Book Conservator for University Library Collections

Applicants must be a US citizen.


The Preservation Services Department has selected Barbie S. Dailey for the 2014 summer conservation internship. Barbie is an American citizen who has lived in Pondicherry, India for more than 40 years and has worked at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram as a book and paper conservator in their Archives and Research Library. Barbie has participated in several visiting consultancies throughout the world in order to broaden her training and bring skills back to her colleagues at the Ashram Archives. Her particular interest in the project at the University of Virginia Library arose from a similar project she and her colleagues are mounting in their archive. The architectural drawings from the Edmund Campbell archive are from the same time period and encompass the same printing processes as those associated with Golconde, a dormitory building in the Ashram that was built in the early 1940’s. The treatment techniques that Barbie learns in her time at UVa will be of great value to her home institution.