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Alexis Hagadorn

Visiting Assistant Professor


Alexis Hagadorn is the Head of Conservation for the Columbia University Libraries, where she has worked as a rare books conservator since 1997. She received an A.B. from Barnard College, and an M.S. and Advanced Certificate in Conservation from the Columbia School of Library Service, where she spent a final placement year working in the Conservation Laboratory of Trinity College Dublin under the direction of Anthony Cains. She has worked as a rare books conservator at Yale University, also serving as the first Head of Collection Care in its Library. In her role within the Columbia University Libraries, she leads a team of conservators and technical staff who treat and care for all of the physical collections, and she frequently consults on questions of material identification and analysis. Her research interests include parchment making and its history, the history of bookbinding, historical techniques of pigment manufacture, and book restoration for collectors in the early modern period. Since 2018, she has been a Chair of the Columbia University Seminar in Material Texts.

Advanced Certificate in Library and Archives Conservation, Columbia University School of Library Service

MSLS, Columbia University School of Library Service

AB, Barnard College of Columbia University