About Marianne Kelsey – Book and Paper Conservation in North Carolina

Do you need help preserving your precious family heirloom or artwork?


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I am a scientist, artist, craftswoman, nature enthusiast and animal lover. I treasure the work I do, because it allows me to use my kinetic gifts to revive what many assume is lost.


I would be honored to help you give new life to your cherished book or paper-based artifact.



Marianne Kelsey has worked in the field of book and paper conservation for sixteen years, and was awarded the distinction of Professional Associate by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Kelsey is one of a handful of people who have completed apprenticeships with world-renowned handpapermaking master Timothy Barrett, recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship (nicknamed the Genius Award.)

Her apprenticeship with Barrett focused on the production of traditional Japanese and European-style handmade papers at the University of Iowa Center for the Book Paper Research Facility.  During her time at the University of Iowa, she also had the privilege to study under Gary Frost, the Senior Conservator at the UI Library.

She has worked as a staff member in conservation labs across the country, including The University of Iowa and The State Historical Society of Iowa. Most recently, Kelsey completed a nine-year tenure with Etherington Conservation Services. Marianne is an active member of the American Institute for Conservation, Western Association for Art Conservation, Southeastern Regional Conservation Association, the International Institute for Conservation, the North Carolina Preservation Consortium and the Triangle Area Cultural Resources Emergency Network. Recently, she was awarded a professional development grant by the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation to attend the Recovery of Wet Photographs course offered at the International Preservation Studies Center.  In addition, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Earlham College in 2001 with a concentration in papermaking.

Marianne provides book and paper conservation services to the Southeastern region of the United States: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia…. She frequently travels to provide customer consultations in Atlanta, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Raleigh, Charlotte, and surrounding areas.

She has taught at Indiana University, Earlham College, Manchester University, Purdue University, the University of Iowa and Penland School of Crafts.  Institutions she has provided conservation treatments for include: Library of Congress, Stanford University, Yale University, the National Archives, the Library of Virginia, and Fisk University.

Marianne was recently interviewed by Amy Hager, host of The Artisan Life podcast.  During their discussion, Marianne describes how she became a book and paper conservator.  To learn more about Marianne, and hear the full interview, click on the link below: