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conservator emeritus

George Martin Cunha, conservator emeritus. award Boy Scouts American, 1958. Fellow Society American Archivists, Royal Society Arts, Pilgrim Society (editorial committee 1972), American Institute Conservation; member Internat.Inst. for Conservation Historic and Artistic Works, Guild of Book Workers (vice president-at-large 1971-1977), Colonial Society Massachusetts; Club: Louisville Filson.; Lodge:.


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


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.


1 stepchild, James H. Ryan. Children: George Martin, Suzanne Elizabeth. Student Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1930-1932, Lowell Institute, 1935-1936, United States Navy Line School,1946-1947, 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, advanced through grades to captain, 1957.

Conservator rare books, documents and works of art on paper Library of Boston Athenaeum, 1963-1973. Director New Eng.Document Conservation Center, 1973-1978, director emeritus, 1978. Adjunct Professor of conservation, U. Kentucky School of Library and Information Science, 1982.

Consultant in conservation, writer, lecturer, since 1963. Author: The Conservation of Library Materials, 1967, review edition, 1971, Library and Archives Conservation, 1980s and Beyond, 1983, Mass Deacidification for Libraries, 1987. Co-author: Preservation and the New Technologies, 1994.

Editor Procs. of Boston Athenaeum's 1971 Seminar on the Conservation of Library Materials, 1972, Seminar on Conservation Administration, 1975.ent committee Narragansett council Boy Scouts American, 1956-1959, president Canal Zone council, 1960-1961.



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.

Anthony Martin Cunha

Augusta Elizabeth (Dwyer) Cunha

Dorothy Bourne Grant

George Martin Cunha

Suzanne Elizabeth;1 stepchild James H. Ryan Cunha