Anne Clapp, teacher, author, and mentor for conservators of art on paper for thirty years and a practicing conservator of oil paintings and art on paper for 50 years, died in May of this year. She was a pioneer in teaching the importance of preventive conservation to her graduate students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation as early as the 1970s. Her book, Curatorial Care of Works of Art on Paper, first published in 1973, went through four editions, and was used as a textbook in her classes.
When she retired from Winterthur, she continued her private practice as a paper conservator, working from her home, and volunteered in the manuscript collection of the Winterthur Library. She followed the professional literature and was always interested in the events in the lives of her colleagues and students. Debbie Hess Norris published a long, eloquent and loving memorial to Anne Clapp in the Conservation Distribution List on May 31, 2000.
A memorial service was held on July 9th at Winterthur. Donations can be made in Anne's memory to the Anne F. Clapp Fund for Conservation Education and Research, c/o the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, 303 Old College, University of Delaware, Winterthur, DE 19716.