Rebecca A. Kaczkowski

Preventive Conservator

 

Phone: 301-238-1242
Fax: 301-238-3709
E-mail Address: KaczkowskiR [at] si.edu

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


Education

B.A., The George Washington University, Art History and German Language & Literature (2006)
M.A., The George Washington University, Museum Studies (Concentration: Collection Management and
Preventive Conservation; Academic Focus: Historic Preservation) (2010)
M.S., University of Delaware, Art Conservation (Specialty: Objects Conservation) (2014)

Research Specialties, Interests and Responsibilities

Understanding historic and contemporary conservation approaches to natural science collections (both preventive and interventive); historic preparation and treatment methodology of specimens; collections and exhibit surveying to prioritize need; collection storage and exhibition environments, including materials compatibility.

Recent Research Activities

Understanding historic and contemporary conservation approaches to natural science collections (both preventive and interventive); historic preparation and treatment methodology of specimens; collections and exhibit surveying to prioritize need; collection storage and exhibition environments, including materials compatibility.

Professional Activities

•          International Association for Museum Facility Administrators (IAMFA)
•         Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)
•          International Council of Museums (ICOM-CC)
•             Assistant Co-ordinator, Natural History Collections Working Group (2015-17)
•         American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
•         Washington Conservation Guild (WCG)

Recent Publications

Kaczkowski, R., M. Hunt, C. Hawks, and K. Makos. 2015. Cyclododecane as Temporary Consolidant for Asbestos­Containing Fill Material in Historic Osteology Specimens. Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), May 13-16, Miami, Florida.

Hawks, C. and R. Kaczkowski. 2015. Natural history conservation and the concept of ‘value.’ Essay contribution to: Objects of Potential: Commentary on ‘Objects’ Conservation by S. Davis. AIC News 40(2): 6­9.
 
Murray, C. V. and R. Kaczkowski. 2015. Plant Materials. Objects Specialty Group Wiki. http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Plant_Materials (accessed 09/16/15).

Kaczkowski, R. A. and B. A. Dajnowski. 2015. Laser Technology in Natural Sciences Conservation: An Approach to Selecting Parameters and Techniques. SPNHC Connection 29(1): 24­28.

Kaczkowski, R. A. and B. A. Dajnowski. 2014. Laser Technology in Natural Sciences Conservation: An Approach to Selecting Parameters and Techniques. Poster presented at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) 29th Annual Conference, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.

Kaczkowski, R. and C. Von Stein. 2013. Conservation of American Tinplate: A 19th­Century Chandelier. Poster presented at the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Art Conservation (ANAGPIC) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California.