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Jane E. Klinger

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Conservator
Washington, DC
Jane Klinger is the Chief Conservator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, responsible for the conservation and preservation management of the Museum collections and the holdings of the USHMM Archives and Library. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Conservation in Florence, Italy at the Villa Schifanoia, Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts in 1979. After graduating, she established the first paper conservation laboratory for the prints department of the Galleria Moderna at the Pitti Palace in Florence. Prior to returning to the United States, she worked on various projects in Belgium, Italy, and Israel. Her first American job was Assistant Paper Conservator at Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware. In 1985, Ms. Klinger became the Paper Conservator at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. In 1987 she began working for the National Archives and Records Administration and was sent to the Pacific Sierra Region Branch in San Bruno, California to establish the first National Archives preservation and conservation laboratory outside the District of Columbia. She has taught paper conservation in Brazil and Bolivia, has served as part of the teaching staff of the Society of American Archivists Preservation Management Training Program, and has presented papers to various professional groups in the United States and abroad. Ms Klinger is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and has served on its board. She is currently Vice President of the Washington Conservation Guild.