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  • Catharine Hawks
  • Conservation Specialist
  • Phone:   (202) 633-0835
  • E-mail Address:   hawksc atsiedu
  • Mailing:
    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th & Constitution NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0106
    MRC 106


Catharine is an objects conservator specializing in the care of natural science collections and is Museum Conservator for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. She has over 20 years experience in the field and has worked with over 75 institutions in the US and abroad on issues relating to the assessment, general care, treatment, and exhibition of collections. She formerly taught a graduate course in preventive conservation at the University of Nebraska and currently teaches preventive conservation for George Washington University’s graduate programs in Art History, Anthropology, and Museum Studies. She has taught numerous workshops on conservation, as well as published regularly on various aspects of conservation. She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation, a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), recently completed her second term on the board of AIC, and is a former Coordinator of the Natural History Working Group for the International Committee on Museums-Conservation Committee.

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