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Ellen Pearlstein

Ellen Pearlstein

GSE&IS 230
300 North Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520

Ellen Pearlstein


M.A., Columbia University, 1978

Advanced Certificate in Conservation, New York University, 1982

Teaching & Research Interests

  • American Indian tribal museums
  • The effects of environmental agents on ethnographic and natural history materials and how display and storage standards are devised
  • Introducing context into cultural materials’ conservation education
  • Curriculum development


1. Pearlstein, E., M. Hughs, J. Mazurek, K. McGraw, C. Pesme, and M. Garcia-Garibay, 2014, Correlations between photochemical damage and UV fluorescence of feathers, ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia September 15-19, 2014, Preprints, abstracted accepted, paper under review. 

2.Pearlstein, E., 2014, Displaying feathers, what history tells us, in Images Take Flight; Feather Art in Mexico and Europe, Alessandra Russo, Gerhard Wolf, Diana Fanes, eds., Chicago: University of Chicago Press in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Institut-Max-Planck Institut in Florence and the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City, in press. 

3.Robin O'Hern, Ellen Pearlstein and Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi, 2014, Beyond the Surface: Where Cultural Contexts and Scientific Analyses Meet in the Conservation of Komo Helmet Masks in Museum Collections, Museum Anthropology, paper under review. 

4.Robin O'Hern & Ellen Pearlstein (2013) Label removal from deteriorated leather-bound books, Journal 
of the Institute of Conservation, 36:2, 109-124. 

5.Riedler, R., C. Pesme, J. Druzik, M. Gleeson, and E. Pearlstein, 2014, A review of color producing mechanisms in feathers and their influence on preventive conservation strategies, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, 53:1, 44-65. 

6.Pearlstein, E., and D. Lohnas, 2013, Conservation outreach materials for a tribal museum without conservators, Playing to the Galleries and Engaging New Audiences: the public face of conservation, London: Archetype Publications, 222-231. 

7.Kaplan, E., Howe, E. Pearlstein, E., and Levinson, J. 2013, The Qero Project: Conservation and Science Collaboration Over Time, Postprints of the Research and Technical Studies Group, American Institute for Conservation. 

8.Gleeson, M., Pearlstein, E., Marshall, B., and Riedler, R. 2012. California featherwork: considerations for examination and preservation. Museum Anthropology, 35 (2) 101–114. Alarcon , T., Ohern, R., Pearlstein, E. 2012, Case Studies in Basketry Repair: Two Abenaki Splint Baskets, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, 51:123–143. 

10.Pearlstein, E. and Gleeson, M., 2012, Developing a technical and condition database for California Native American featherwork, Sharing Conservation, Eds. Cristina D'Andrea, Ufficio Pubblicazioni Musei Vaticani, and Daniela Rullo, Gruppo Italiano dell’International Institute for Conservation (IGIIC).