Research/ Publications

Lisa Duncan, Art Conservator, LLC
Paper and Photograph Conservator


Lisa Duncan, Behind the Scenes: Art Conservation at the Tacoma Art Museum. April 22, 2017. presentation_TAM

Lisa Duncan, Thomas M. Edmondson, Jessica Keister, Saori Kawasumi Lewis “What is it?: Empirical Research into the Art of Bleaching Crayon Enlargements” Photographic Materials Group Winter Meeting, February 11, 2017. Kansas City, MO. PMG_presentation_duncan

Lisa Duncan, Emily Pellichero and Illiana Lopez Salado.  “Navigating the Conservation Workflow: The Conservator is Your Ally.” Registrars Committee Western Region, April 2015. Seattle, WA. Conservation Seminar

Lisa Duncan and Jessica Keister. “In Pursuit of Reality: A Technical Study of 2 Obscure Photographic Processes of the 19th Century.” Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property (ANAGPIC) Annual Meeting. April 2008. New York, NY.

Lisa Duncan and Laura Downey Staneff. “Preserving an American Treasure: The Ansel Adams Project at the Center for Creative Photography.” Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC) Annual Meeting. September 2007. Denver, CO.

Toshiaki Koseki, Wynn Phelan, Lisa Duncan and Rose Daly. “Development of a Conservation Database for the Photographic Collection at the MFA, Houston.” American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Annual Meeting. June 2006. Providence, RI.


“Preserving Your Photographs.” Page 19-22. 2011 Fall Focus. Garden Club of America. PDF of Focus Magazine, Lisa Duncan, Art Conservator, LLC

The ANAGPIC 2008 conference papers are available for download at


This is an article about Lisa Duncan, from the University of Delaware UDaily News: Udaily Article about Lisa Duncan

My graduate class of 2009 was featured in this promotional video for the Art Conservation Program at the University of Delaware: Video Link

Lisa Duncan was interviewed for Real Simple magazine’s September 2014 issue: “Now What!? Smart Solutions for Life’s Little Disasters”


Since 2007 Lisa has been researching an early portfolio by the photographer Ansel Adams.  This attached paper is a culmination of research that was submitted in a final portfolio to receive her degree from the Winterthur/ University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.  Analytical research was performed on collections housed at the Center for Creative Photography, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Fogg Art Museum.  A full list of acknowledgements is stated within the paper attached below.

Technical Study on Photographs by Ansel Adams

Lisa completed a technical study on ruby ambrotypes to complete requirements for the second year of study at the Winterthur/ University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.  The study included an in-depth art historical search for information on the photographic process and culminated in the analytical study of them using the scientific instruments at the Scientific Research and Analytical Laboratory at Winterthur Museum.  This project would not have been a success without the help and guidance of scientists Dr. Joe Weber, Chris Petersen, Catherine Matsen and Dr. Jennifer Mass.  An annotated version of this study was presented with Jessica Keister at ANAGPIC 2008.

Technical Study on Ruby Ambrotypes