On April 30 Norvell Jones joined the staff of the National Archives as Supervisory Conservator in the Document Conservation Branch. Prior to coming to the Archives, Ms. Jones was employed by the Library of Congress for eleven years where she had worked as both a rare book and a paper conservator and for the last five years as head of the Paper Conservation Section.
Ms. Jones began her career in conservation as a summer intern at the National Collection of Fine Arts in 1967, and in 1968 accepted a position as trainee in paper conservation at the Newberry Library with Paul Banks. During her employment at the Newberry, she spent three months in Florence at the Biblioteca Nationale studying book conservation techniques developed to treat materials damaged during the 1966 flood of the city. She also spent two months studying in the conservation workshop of Peter Waters and Roger Powell in England. More recently Ms. Jones has served as Lecturer in Library Conservation in the School of Library Service at Columbia University where she taught a course in manuscript conservation.
At the National Archives, she will be responsible for directing the professional conservation staff and for implementing the program to conserve important materials of great historical significance. Ms. Jones will provide guidance and instruction to staffs of the three conservation laboratories in the Washington area, identifying techniques and practices that will ensure professional conservation of extremely valuable objects in a variety of forms in the holdings of the Archives. She is currently seeking applicants for two Conservator vacancies (see the Positions Open section).
Dr. Susan Lee-Bechtold recently joined the staff of the National Archives. She is in charge of the research and testing laboratory in the Document Conservation Branch. Dr. Lee-Bechtold has a broad background in chemistry and materials testing.
Robert Hueber has rejoined the National Archives staff as a chemist in the Document Conservation Branch. He brings to the staff extensive experience as an analytical chemist, both in industry and government. His and Dr. Lee-Bechtold's professional interests and responsibilities lie principally in analyzing and investigating the stability and longevity of both archival and conservation materials.