Jana Dambrogio FAAR’08 lectures 6 March 09 in DC on life at Academy, work in Vatican Secret Archives

archivesflyerNow here’s a bit of breaking news…about a presentation by Jana Dambrogio FAAR’08, a Senior Rare Book and Manuscript Conservator at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC.

On Friday 6 March 2009 at 1 PM she’ll be lecturing at the Archives on her experience as a Booth Family Rome Prize winner in Historic Preservation and Conservation. Her talk is entitled, “Life at the Academy: Viewing Archival Records as Artifact at the Vatican Secret Archives.”

The Guild of Book Workers Potomac Chapter and the National Archives Assembly are co-sponsoring the event. Refreshments will be served from 12:30-2pm.

It all takes place at the National Archives Washington Conference Room. That’s located at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. You’ll want to use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue.

Plan to attend? RSVP to Jana.Dambrogio@nara.gov by Thursday, March 5th.

2555400403_64ecbccee3Jana Dambrogio (at table, left) and her studio at the AAR, 2008

During her Rome Prize term, Jana Dambrogio worked on a collection of northeastern Italian medieval and early modern monastic legal and accounting documents and bindings at the Vatican Secret Archives. 

Among other things, she studied the authentication and anti-forgery devices used on these unusual structures—aspects of which continue to influence officiating documents today.

It was in 2004 that Dambrogio joined the Document Conservation Laboratory of the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington D.C. There she also has served as the Chairperson for the Guild of Book Workers Potomac Chapter.

Dambrogio received a MA and certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College, which has one of three such graduate degree programs in the country. She also earned a Certificate in Bookbinding from the Canadian Bookbinders Book Artist Guild in Toronto. Dambrogio was a graduate intern in the Book Conservation Laboratories at the Frick Art Reference Library and the J. Pierpont Morgan Library.

After completing a Samuel H. Kress post-graduate fellowship in the Conservation Laboratory at the Vatican Secret Archives in 2001, Dambrogio interned in the Conservation Department at the Folger Shakespeare Library. From 2002 to 2004, she worked in private practice in the United States and Italy.

p6210136The Cortile of the AAR. Credit: Jana Dambrogio

SOF members and friends of the AAR will not want to miss this great talk by a recently returned Fellow. Plus while they are at the NARA, they might want to take a good look at the building itself, built 1933-1935.

nara1Credit: Wikipedia Commons

John Russell Pope, FAAR 1897 in Architecture, designed the National Archives—as well as Constitution Hall of the DAR, the Jefferson Memorial, and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, to mention just his most significant works in the District.

Pope was not just an early Fellow, but a Trustee of the American Academy of Rome (1926-1937) and also from 1934 to 1937 its President.

archivessupersafeFrom LIFE 29 December 1952: transferring Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, Bill of Rights to a super-safe in the Pope National Archives building. Credit: George Skadding.


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