Melanie E. Feather

Assistant Director for Operations


Phone: 301-238-1233
Fax: 301-238-3709
E-mail Address: FeatherM [at]

Museum Conservation Institute
Smithsonian Institution
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746


B.A. Franklin and Marshall College (1984)
M.S. University of Michigan (1986)

Research Specialties and Interests

  • Scientific administration
  • Application of electron and x-ray techniques to the study of art objects, archaeological material, and other museum specimens


Recent Publications

Mann, Robert W., Feather, Melanie E., Tumosa, Charles S. and Schneider, K. N. 1998. A Blue Encrustation Found on American MIA Bones from Vietnam. Forensic science international, 97(2-3): 79-86.

Tumosa, Charles S. and Feather, Melanie E. 1992. An Analytical Investigation into the Metallic Composition of the Polushka Struck from 1730-1754. Journal of the Russian Numismatic Society, 45: 14-20.