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Marc A. Williams

OBJECTIVE: Provision of state-of-the-art conservation services.


1988 - present   President and CEO,
American Conservation Consortium
                        85 North Road, Fremont, NH

1986 - 1990      Director,
Furniture Conservation Training Program
Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL),
                        Smithsonian Institution (SI), Washington, DC

1984 - 1989      Chief Wooden Objects Conservator,
Conservation Analytical Laboratory,
                        Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1978 - 1984      Director,
Furniture Conservation Services
572 Washington Street,  Haverhill, MA

1977 - 1978      Intern,
Furniture Conservation Department
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA


M.S., Art Conservation, 1978; Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware

                        Major in Wooden Objects.
                        Minor in Painted Surfaces.

B.A., American Decorative Arts/Chemistry, 1975; University of Delaware.

                        High honors.
                        Dean's Scholar Program.


New Hampshire Technical Institute, spring, 2003 - date:  Introduction to Marketing; Web Design and Development.

Executive MBA Program, fall, 1987, University of New Hampshire:  Financial Accounting; Human Behavior in Organizations; Quantitative Methods; Integrated Management Seminar.

Graduate School of the University of Maryland, Summer, 1985:  Business Planning & Forecasting.


"Architectural Conservation: A State of the Art," AIA/AIC, 1996.
"Painted Wood: History and Conservation,"
Colonial Williamsburg, 1994.
"Leather for Conservators,"
CAL, Smithsonian Institution, 1992.
"New Methods in the Cleaning of Surfaces,"
Gentry, AR, 1991.
"Upholstery Conservation Symposium,"
Colonial Williamsburg, VA, 1990.
"Conservation Teaching Excellence,"
Getty Conservation Institute, 1989.
"General Conservation Surveys Workshop,"
Essex Institute, 1989.
"Gilding Conservation Symposium,"
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988.
"Painted Furniture Conservation,"
CAL, SI, 1988.
"Conservation Survey of Non-Wood Materials,"
CAL, SI, 1988.
"Historic Painted Finishes,"
Marylou Davis, CAL, SI, 1987.
"Conservation of Marquetry and Boulle,"
von Reventlow, CAL, SI, 1986.


"Technology and Conservation of Decorative Surface Systems of Horse-Drawn Vehicles." Painted Wood: History and Conservation. Getty Conservation Institute, 1998.

"Conservation Treatment of Horse-Drawn Vehicles." Chapter in the book Conservation and Restoration of Horse-Drawn Vehicles, The Carriage Museum of America, 1997.

"Collections Preservation Strategy." World-Wide Web, 1997.

"Room-Within-A-Room Storage Improvement." World-Wide Web 1996.

"Low-Tech Environmental Contol." Three-part series in Heritage Communique, summer-fall-winter, 1995-96.

"Furniture Preservation and Care." Heritage Communique, spring, 1995.

"What is a Conservation Assessment?" Heritage Communique, fall, 1994.

"What is Original? - Surface Histories of Horse-Drawn Vehicles." Postprints of the Wooden Artifact Group, American Institute for Conservation Conference, Nashville, TN, June 1994.

Editor of Upholstery Conservation (preprints of the Symposium held at Colonial Williamsburg, VA Feb. 2-4, 1990). East Kingston, NH: American Conservation Consortium, Ltd., 1990.

Keeping It All Together: The Preservation and Care of Historic Furniture.
Worthington, OH: Ohio Antique Review, 1988; 1990.


Collections Care Funding: IMLS's CAP, CP Programs, Peterborough Historical Society, Peterborough, NH, 2001.

Holistic Preservation: Caring for Collections within Historic Structures, Restoration '99, Washington, DC, 1999; Restoration '98, Boston, 1998.

Wooden Object Care, Collections Care Training Program, Kansas City, 1997, 1998.

Conservation of Horse-Drawn Vehicles, Stony Brook Carriage Care Symposium, 1996.

Preservation and Care of Furniture, Restoration '96 - Baltimore, 1996.

Preservation and Care of Wooden Collections, Canterbury Shaker Village, 1995.

Technology and Conservation of Decorative Surface Systems of Horse-Drawn Vehicles, Painted Wood: History and Conservation Symposium, Colonial Williamsburg, 1994.

What is Original? - Surface Histories of Horse-Drawn Vehicles, American Institute for Conservation Conference, Nashville, TN, 1994.

Wooden Object Preservation, ME Historic Interiors Conference, Portland, ME, 1993.

Disaster Prevention, Response, and Recovery for Wooden Objects, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1992.

Funding Conservation for Museums, New England Museum Association, 1992.


Antiquarian and Landmarks Society, Hartford, CT
Tryon Palace
, New Bern, NC
Canterbury Shaker Village
, Canterbury, NH
Mark Twain House
, Hartford, CT
New Hampshire Historical Society
, Concord, NH
Governor's Mansion
, Jackson, MS
The Valentine Museum
, Richmond, VA
New Hampshire Antiquarian Society
, Hopkinton, NH
Sandwich Historical Society
, Sandwich, NH
Thomas Paine National Historical Association
, New Rochelle, NY
The William Trent House
, Trenton, NJ
North Carolina Museum of History
, Raleigh, NC
Henry Ford Museum
, Dearborn, MI
Louisiana State Museum
(Cabildo Fire), New Orleans, LA
Rocky Mount Historical Association
, Piney Flats, TN
Stanley-Whitman House
, Farmington, CT
New Hampshire Farm Museum
, Milton, NH
Warner House
, Portsmouth, NH
Fairfax County Park Authority
, Fairfax, VA


Fellow, American Institute for Conservation.
National Trust for Historic Preservation.
American Association of Museums.
New England Museum Association.
Society of Winterthur Fellows.

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