Shannon A. Brogdon-Grantham

Photograph and Paper Conservator


Phone: 301-238-1241
Fax: 301-238-3709
E-mail Address: Brogdon-GranthamS [at]

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


B.A., Spelman College, Art (2009)
M.S., University of Delaware, Art Conservation (Specialty: Photograph Conservation) (2015)

Research Specialties, Interests and Responsibilities

Understanding historic and contemporary photographic and papermaking techniques; preventive care of photographs and paper objects; characterizing materials used in the manufacture of photographs and paper-based collections; education and training in photograph and paper conservation for underrepresented cultural communities.

Recent Research Activities

Evaluating the viability of microfade testing for laminated and face-mounted photographic and digital print materials and conducting a selective survey of the photograph collection at the Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Professional Memberships

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Washington Conservation Guild

Recent Presentations

Brogdon-Grantham, S.A., S. Lussier, and M. McGath. 2016. Evaluating the light stability of the face-mounted photograph collection at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Presentation given at the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation/Andrew W. Mellon Collaborative Workshop in Photograph Conservation: Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials Symposium and Workshop, Tucson, Arizona.

Brogdon-Grantham, S.A. and R. Namde. 2015. The preservation of treasured photographs in your church and family collections.  Public lecture given at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Michael, Wilmington, Delaware.

Sullivan, M., S.A. Brogdon-Grantham, and K. Taira. 2015. New approaches to cleaning works of art on paper and photographs. Presented at the American Institute for Conservation Photographic Materials Group Biannual Winter Meeting, Cambridge, Massachusetts and also submitted as a paper (2014) to the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Art Conservation (ANAGPIC) Annual Conference, Buffalo, New York.

Brogdon-Grantham, S.A. 2014. An affair to remember: musings on the conservation of an early 20th-century hand-colored photographic portrait. Lecture given as part of the Objects as Cultural Artifacts course at the University of Delaware Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Wilmington, Delaware.