Harold B. Lee Library. Conservation Dept.

The Preservation Department was dissolved in 1997. The Conservation Laboratory was made into a separate Department, named the Conservation Department, and it was placed under The Special Collections Division. The Department Chair for Conservation is Mark Pollei (1997-2012).


Established: 1997

Location: Provo, Utah (1997- )


The Conservation Department is dedicated to the preservation of the library materials that are rare and valuable. Library materials that are old or severely damaged are treated and preserved in the conservation laboratory, while library materials that are damaged or worn by normal library circulation are treated by the Book Repair unit in another department of the library. The Conservation Department is used for specialized materials and projects.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Conservation Department is run by the department chair and he reports to the Assistant University Library (AUL) for Special Collections.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Special Collections Division (1997- )

Associated unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Digital Imaging Lab (1999-)

Earlier unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Preservation Dept. (1997)

Associated Archival Materials

Harold B. Lee Library Annual Reports (UA 1015)


HBLL Annual Reports 1997-1998, pg. 4, (Mark Pollei appointed chair of Conservation Department)

UA 1015 "Harold B. Lee Library Annual Report Sept. 1, 1999 - Aug. 31, 2000" Box 2, Fol. 11, p. 12-13 (Amy Stucki and her student employee, along with Scott Eldredge and Robert Espinosa [ed: Conservation Dept.], significantly increased the content available in the digital archive; a few digital collections included Mormon Theses, Benson Institute Theses, Scholarly Publications Center, CES manuals, and misc. class materials)

Email from Cali O'Connell, Nov. 9, 2012 (Mark Pollei resignation)

Maintenance Information

Record ID:EAC-2012-00021

Creator: UPB