About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.

Tune into AIC’s Cost Effective and Sustainable Packing, Moving, and Storage Webinar on Sustainable Conservation

AIC is hosting two webinars on sustainable conservation. On December 1 at 2pm EST, I’ll join Simon Lambert and T. Ashley McGrew in talking about sustainability in packing, storage, and long-term preservation management. Simon will discuss Re-Org, a program of … Continue reading

ARCS and PACCIN at New Orleans: Collections Stewardship’s Bright Future

Originally published at rebeccafifieldpreservation.com. Lots of folks go to New Orleans for conferences. Within the distinctive streets of the French Quarter, it’s not uncommon to trip across people tagged with conference badges. The overtones of business lend an air of … Continue reading

Off to New Orleans: ARCS and PACCIN conferences

I’m traveling to New Orleans for the Association for Registrars and Collection Specialists (ARCS) conference and the Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network (PACCIN) summit. Both ARCS and PACCIN represent the interests of preservation practitioners, including art handlers, registrars, collection … Continue reading

The Impact of Aging Infrastructure on Health

Ron Nixon’s New York Times article “Human Cost Rises as Old Bridges, Dams, and Roads Go Unrepaired” [Oxford comma mine] conveys how our society is sagging under lack of maintenance and repair. While bridges collapse spectacularly, illness from aging water management … Continue reading

Thomas Bewick, Newcastle Wood Engraver (1753-1828)

In digging through the British Museum online collection database this week for a project, I tripped over the wood engravings of Thomas Bewick (1753-1828). Operating mostly in Newcastle for his entire career, Bewick’s rural upbringing led to an interest in … Continue reading

The Washington Post Highlights Staff Unseen in Annual Museums Feature

Kudos are due The Washington Post for focusing its annual Museums feature on positions often not highlighted in museums. Their selection of staff only demonstrates how they barely scratch the surface of the roles these workers fulfill and the skills and experience … Continue reading

Uniting to Save: Sharing the Importance of Cultural Heritage Protection in Your Community

Originally published at rebeccafifieldpreservation.com. Last week I attended Uniting to Save World Cultures: Investigating the Attributes of Successful Cultural Heritage Protection Interventions at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Organized by the Smithsonian’s office of Cultural Heritage Protection, … Continue reading

Conservation: We Can Be The Culture of Yes

Originally published at rebeccafifieldpreservation.com When it comes to risk in a museum, library, or archive, what is worth it? What isn’t? How do we assess and mitigate collection risks and outreach strategies so that the institution’s stakeholders may benefit from access … Continue reading

Preservation and Access in Oklahoma

Early this week found me in Edmond, Oklahoma. Located along US Route 66, the texture of the town is trains, traffic, bungalows, and mid-century roadside architecture. UCO was founded as a land grant college in 1890, right after the Land … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Off to Miami! American Institute for Conservation’s Annual Meeting

I’m headed to Miami for the American Institute for Conservation’s Annual Meeting. I look forward to seeing friends and hearing about the hard work they have been doing in preserving our cultural heritage. I’ll be seeing a lot of the … Continue reading