Rebecca Elder


Rebecca has been the principal at Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation since 2014. In this capacity, she provides preservation services to library, museum and archive clients. For the ten years previous to this, she was a preservation consultant and field services officer at Amigos Library Services. Rebecca received her MSIS and a Certificate of Advanced Studies for Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, and now is adjunct faculty at the iSchool, teaching Preservation Management and Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials. Rebecca has also worked at the Harvard University Libraries and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Over the course of her career, Rebecca has conducted well over 100 preservation assessments for institutions ranging from small historical museums to municipalities to large academic libraries, and has taught classes on such topics as Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery, Preservation of Photographic Materials, Archival Holdings Maintenance, and three levels of Book Repair Techniques.

Rebecca currently serves as the coordinator of the National Heritage Responders, the American Institute for Conservation's volunteer emergency recovery team. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and a member of the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Southwest Archivists, the Oklahoma Museums Association, and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.


BA, English, University of Virginia; MLIS with a Certificate in Conservation Studies, University of Texas.

Areas Of Specialization

Historical Museums

Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabus
2021FallINF 392GManagement of Preservation Programs
2021SpringINF 393C.11Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials
2020FallINF 392GManagement of Preservation Programs
2020SpringINF 393C.11Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials
2019FallINF 392GManagement of Preservation Programs
2019FallINF 393C.11Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials
2019SpringINF 393C.11Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials
2018FallINF 392GManagement of Preservation Programs
2018FallINF 393C.11Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials
2018SpringINF 393C.11Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials
2017FallINF 392GManagement of Preservation Programs
2017SpringINF 393C.11Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials