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Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa

Doctoral Student



Ellen is currently a doctoral candidate, with an expected graduate date of May 2015. In her dissertation, Disciplining Conservation: Paul N. Banks and the Mooring of Library and Archives Conservation Education, Ellen disrupts normalized theoretical/disciplinary constructions of the field and advocates for a cultural and intellectual realignment of the discipline within the academy.

Ellen has been an active practitioner, educator, and consultant in the field of cultural heritage preservation for 30 years. She currently serves as adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Art Conservation, University of Delaware. From 1985 to 1987 she was project archivist (supported by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission) at The Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute. In August 1988 she was hired as the first preservation officer for the University of Texas at Austin General Libraries, and in 1996 she became the first Digital Programs Librarian for the General Libraries.

Ellen was the founding director of the William and Margaret Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record, a position she held from 2005-09 in the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. During her nine-year tenure in the School of Information, 2000-09, she taught courses in digitization and preservation management, advised and mentored students pursuing Certificates of Advanced Study in preservation administration and conservation, served on doctoral committees, and spearheaded collaborative educational initiatives. Between 1989 and 2009 she managed federal, state, and private grants and contracts totaling $6 million for collections preservation, faculty and student support, and educational symposia and projects. She served as president of the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation from 2005 through 2009. Ellen received an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin and holds an Endorsement of Specialization in Administration of Preservation Programs for Libraries and Archives from Columbia University’s School of Library Service.


“Exploring Cultural Policy at Humanities Texas,” in Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age, ed. Michele V. Cloonan (Chicago: American Library Association, 2014).

Special Issue Editor, Festschrift for David B. Gracy II. Information & Culture: A Journal of History, 49(1) (Winter 2014).

[Review of Commemorating the Past, Celebrating the Present, Creating the Future: Papers in Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Edited by Pamela Bluh]. Libraries and the Cultural Record, 43(1) (Winter 2008).

“Report of a Task Force Discussion to Define Prerequisites, Core Knowledge, and Educational Directions for Master’s Curricula in Sound Preservation Professionals, and to Review an Annotated Bibliography of Audio Preservation Resources.” Published as part of a report produced by the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board, spring 2008.

[Review of Who Wants Yesterday’s Papers? Edited by Yvonne Carignan et al.]. Libraries and the Cultural Record, 42(2) (Spring 2007).

“Introduction to the Papers,” (co-authored with Mark Roosa) in Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections, ed. Judith Matz (Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2004), 9-11.

“Response to ARL’s Recognizing Digitization as a Preservation Reformatting Method.” Microform and Imaging Review, 33 (Fall 2004).

"Conservation Considerations Before, During, and After Digitization Projects: The Physical Reality," (co-author Consuela Metzger) in La conservation à l'ere du numérique: actes des quatrièmes journées internationales d'études de l'ARSAG, Paris, du 27 au 30 mai, 2002 (Paris: Association pour la recherche scientifique sur les arts graphiques), 39-46.

"The Perry-Castañeda Library: 20 Years of Service." New Library Scene, 17 (June 1998): 14.

"Practical Issues Relating to the Preservation of Library Materials," in Conference on the Global Responsibility of Law Librarians: Proceedings, ed. David R. Burch and Stephen E. Young (Littleton, CO: Fred B. Rothman and Co., 1990), 140-48.

"The Selector's Role in Preservation: Building Collections That Will Last," ed. Thomas F. R. Clareson (Wilson Library Bulletin, November, 1992), 27-29.

"The General Libraries Preservation Program: A Preliminary Report," in Conservation and Preservation of Humanities Research Collections: Essays on Treatment and Care of Rare Books, Manuscripts, Photography, and Art on Paper and Canvas, ed. Dave Oliphant (Austin, TX: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, 1989), 156-63.

[Review of Libraries and Archives: Design and Renovation with a Preservation Perspective by Susan Garretson Swartzburg and Holly Bussy with Frank Garretson]. Libraries and Culture 28(3) (Summer 1993): 369-370.


Cultural policy, cultural record conservation, the intellectual/cultural Cold War, post WWII American history, material culture
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