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History of NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center
NEDCC location at the Textile Museum in North Andover from 1973 - 1976.

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NEDCC's location at Abbot Hall 1976-1990

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NEDCC founder, George Cunha

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George Cunha and Executive Director Ann Russell

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Ann Russell with George Cunha at the dedication of the Center's library.

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Joe Newman

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Bucky Weaver with international visitor

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Allen Thenen

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Michael Lee and Gary Albright during an Open House

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Gary Albright and Donald Hunter

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Kiyoshi Imai at the Bench

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Walter Newman

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Mary Wooten

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Bucky Weaver and Gary Albright

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Jane Hedberg, Ann Russell

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David Joyall

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Bucky Weaver and Michael Lee

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Toddy Glaser on right

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NEDCC moves to Brickstone Square 1990

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Mural which adorned entryway when NEDCC first moved to Brickstone Square.

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Deb Wender

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Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, long-time Advisory Committee member

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Joe Newman

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Sherelyn Ogden

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Sysan Wrynn, Former NEDCC Director of Reprographic Services

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Todd Pattison (on left) presents a tour

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Michael Lee

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Walter Newman with visitors from Chile.

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Mary Patrick Bogan with Fernanda Auada and Christina Joly, Interns from Brazil in 2000. Fernanda writes: "It was a great privilege to be part of NEDCC's history. Those were fantastic and remarkable moments in our lives. Cristina is retired, but today I use and teach techniques learned with you."

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Kiyoshi Imai

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Kim O'Leary, Gail Pfeifle, Beth Patkus, and Steve Dalton

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Kiyoshi Imai presents a demonstration for visitors from Mongolia.

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Walter Newman during his travels to Mongolia.

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Ann Russell and Paul Conway

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The New England Document Conservation Center was founded in 1973 in response to growing alarm about the monumental scope of the paper deterioration problem facing collection-holding institutions in New England. Documents and artifacts needed conservation treatment in historical societies, college and university libraries, public libraries, and town and state archives, but there was no facility within the region that could provide appropriate services. A cooperative approach to the problem was seen as the most effective solution. In the early 1970s, the six state libraries in New England, operating under the Interstate Library Compact, agreed to cooperate to create a shared conservation facility that would meet the needs of all nonprofit groups in New England. George Cunha founded the Center with start-up funds from the Council on Library Resources, the New England Library Board, the Kresge Foundation, and other donors.

In 1980, the New England Document Conservation Center was incorporated as the Northeast Document Conservation Center to reflect its expanded region, and today the Center welcomes clients from across the United States. The Center specializes in treating all paper-based collections materials, including books, maps,  photographs, scrapbooks, architectural drawings, globes, works of art on paper, and materials such as wallpaper, parchment, and papyrus.  NEDCC has developed high quality digital imaging services which include digitization of collection materials such as books, maps, documents, works of art, photographs, film, slides and transparencies, and X-Ray film.  In 2014, funded by a National Leadership grant from IMLS, the Center added audio preservation to its list of services, offering a digital reformatting service for early audio recordings on grooved media using IRENE, a system developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with the Library of Congress. In 2017, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Audio Preservation Services expanded to include magnetic and digital audio tape with a high-touch, high-quality digital transfer service for unique and at-risk collections. 

See the NEDCC Timeline for highlights and achievements from the Center's history.

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