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Ruth Norton

Chief Conservator

Gantz Family Collections Center

Ruth is responsible for the conservation of the Anthropology ethnology and archaeology collections.

Ruth E. Norton FIIC FAIC earned her MS Art Conservation from the Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware in 1978. For four years she practiced and provided conservation training at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, and at the National Museum of the Philippines, Manila. From 1982 to 1988 she taught Objects Conservation at the University of Canberra, Australia. Her work with Pacific and Asian material continued under UNESCO and Australian government consultancies and workshops addressing practical approaches to conservation problems in the tropics. Following a year of field conservation in Pella, Jordan, she returned to Sydney, Australia, as Senior Conservator of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum). Between 1997 and 2001, she divided her time between New York State, as Assistant Professor in the Art Conservation Department, State University College at Buffalo and the Netherlands, as Deltaplan Project Manager, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden. She is now Chief Conservator, The Field Museum, Chicago. She continues teaching as adjunct faculty at Buffalo, and has conducted consultancies in Malaysia and Cambodia. Her published books include: Practical Manual for the Storage and Display of Textiles for Museums in Southeast Asia, Bibliography of Works on the Conservation of Ethnographic Materials (with S. Walston), and The Conservation of Artifacts Made From Plant Materials (with M.L. Florian and D.P. Kronkright).