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About

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Wendy Jessup and Associates, Inc. (WJ&A) is a woman-owned small business that provides preventive conservation and collections management consulting, training, and planning services to museums, libraries, archives, and other stewards of cultural heritage.

Additionally, WJ&A collaborates with the architectural community to facilitate the preservation of collections in planning and design of new or renovated museum facilities.

Since 1987, the practice has served this community through the completion of nearly 100 collections assessments through the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program and its predecessor Collections Assessment Program, numerous long-range conservation plans for small to medium sized museums, and more than 15 Collections Management Plans for United States National Park Service museums. Most of our clients have collections housed in historic structures and our recommendations must be tailored to meet the needs of both the collections and building. We maintain strategic partnerships with leaders in the cultural facilities design community, as well as with highly experienced preservation engineers and architects who are leaders in the historic preservation field to provide programming and planning for new or renovated buildings for long-term preservation of these important resources.

Commitments

Sustainability and Environmental Justice

WJ&A is committed to practicing safe and sustainable habits when working with and on collections projects and clients. We recognize the negative and often catastrophic impact climate change has on cultural heritage and stewardship practices. Here at WJ&A, we aim to ensure our practice incorporates sustainable and environmentally conscious decisions for both our operations and our clients’ projects.

Cultural Heritage Preservation and Social Justice

WJ&A recognizes the long-standing history of erasure and neglect the museum and cultural heritage field has upheld through oppressive systems and states of white supremacy and white saviorism. Our firm aims to ensure that, as we continue to work with all kinds of stewards of cultural heritage, we do so with the recognition and compassion required to also heal and restore just narratives and stewardship practices. 

Projects by the Numbers

69

IMLS and FAIC Conservation Assessment Program/Collections Assessment Programs (CAP)

Preventive Conservation Planning and Facilities Improvements (Existing Buildings)*

45

37

Collections Storage Planning
and Improvements

General Conservation Assessments

24

17

Collections Management Plans
(United States National Park Service)

Collection Relocations and Transfers

10

6

Facilities Planning and Preventive Conservation for New Museum and Library Construction Projects

Publications

4

4

Disaster and Emergency Planning

Meet Our Team

Wendy Jessup examining tapestry at Evergreen Museum and Library for 2022 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP)

Wendy Jessup examining tapestry at Evergreen Museum & Library for 2022 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP)

Wendy Jessup,
President and Conservator

A Fellow of the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Wendy established Wendy Jessup and Associates, Inc. in 1987 after having worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Smithsonian Institution.

 

Wendy has pioneered the discipline of preventive conservation with particular emphasis on collections environment and collection storage. Ms. Jessup is highly experienced in identifying vulnerabilities and risks to collections and in setting objectives for risk reduction and preventive conservation. She has served as a consultant to many museums and archives within the United States and internationally. Wendy Jessup has also provided training and instruction to conservators nationally and internationally through numerous conservation institutions, including The Getty Conservation Institute. Wendy was on the course development team and served as the Moderator for the international course, Preventive Conservation: Museum Collections and Their Environment, held at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in California from 1990 to 1995 and on the planning, instruction and mentoring teams for the GCI’s course, Managing Collections Environments in the Age of Sustainability. 

Shiori Oki,
Collections Care Specialist

Shiori serves as the Collections Care Specialist participating in development of preservation plans, collections storage improvements plans, environmental monitoring programs and analysis, collections management projects, and manages WJ&A’s extensive resource and reference library. She remains up to date on the latest policies and ethical practices of collections management and care within the field through her active membership and scholarship with the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists and her membership with Museum Hue. Much of her professional work and focus is rooted in analyzing the impact and influence of power relationships and dynamics in practices of collections stewardship and responsibility. Recent work includes the writing and development of an extensive resource report on the relationship between museums, systemic racism, and transformative justice practices for a private client’s museum project; development and collaboration with colleagues on a collections management exercise workbook aimed at supporting professionals in the complex and common problems museum collections pose; and, service on the ARCS IDEA Task Force in the internal review and assessment of the organization’s ability to integrate and commit to practices of justice in the field and to its members. 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Luncheon of the Boating Party

Shiori in front of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Luncheon of the Boating Party, between 1880 and 1881., The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Acquired 1923.