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George Martin Cunha


  • Cunha, George Martin was born on December 25, 1911 in Providence. Son of Anthony Martin and Augusta Elizabeth (Dwyer) Cunha.

  • Education

    • Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1930—1932. Student, Lowell Institute, 1935—1936. Student, United States Navy Line School, 1946—1947.

      Student, Naval War College, 1958—1959.


    • Control chemist Phillips Baker Rubber Company, Providence, 1932—1934. Development chemist Vultex Chemical Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1935—1937. Appointed aviation cadet United States Navy, 1937, grades to captain, 1957.

      Consultant in conservation, writer, lecturer, since 1963. Conservator rare books, documents and works art paper Library Boston Athenaeum, 1963—1973. Director New England Document Conservation Center, 1973—1978.

      Director emeritus, since 1978. Adjunct professor conservation University Kentucky School Library and Information Science, since 1982. Member Kentucky State Archives and Records Commission, 1981—1990.

      Chairman advancement committee Narragansett Council Boy Scouts America, 1956—1959. President Canal Zone Council, 1960—1961.



    Party affiliation: Republican


    Fellow: American Institute Conservation, Pilgrim Society (editorial committee 1972), Society of America Archivists, Royal Society Arts. Member: Colonial Society Massachusetts, Guild Book Workers (vice president at large 1971-1977), International Institute Conservation Historic and Artistic Works, Louisville Filson, Masons.


    • Married Dorothy Bourne Grant, December 31, 1938. Children: George Martin, Suzanne Elizabeth;1 stepchild James H. Ryan.
    • father: Anthony Martin Cunha
    • mother: Augusta Elizabeth (Dwyer) Cunha
    • spouse: Dorothy Bourne Grant
    • children: George Martin Cunha
    • Suzanne Elizabeth;1 stepchild James H. Ryan Cunha
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    Born December 25, 1911
    • 1932 - 1934
      Control chemist, Phillips Baker Rubber Company
      Providence, Rhode Island, United States
    • 1935 - 1937
      development chemist, Vultex Chemical Company
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1937
      appointed aviation cadet United States Navy
    • 1957
      appointed aviation cadet United States Navy
    • 1963
      consultant, in conservation
    • 1963
      writer, in conservation
    • 1963
      lecturer, in conservation
    • 1963 - 1973
      conservator rare books
    • 1973 - 1978
      director, New England Document Conservation Center
    • 1978
      director, emeritus
    • 1982
      adjunct professor, conservation University Kentucky School Library and Information Science
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