Caring for Your Historic Globe Collection

The historic production of globes depended on the coordinated efforts of intellectuals and technicians, and the names identified with them are of mathematicians, cartographers, instrument makers, engravers, printers and publishers. It is valuable to understand the technical development of globes in order to better appreciate and care for your collection. This webinar will present a brief history of globe production followed by basic information about how to identify compromises in condition of historic globes. Even globes that are in good original condition, or that have been well repaired, remain fragile assemblies. We will make recommendations regarding storage, handling, display, and general care. We are pleased to share our experience with you, with the hope that your historic globes can serve your collection and community as cartographic records, and as engaging works of both science and the decorative arts.


TK McClintock retired from directing studio conservation practice in 2016 after nearly 30 years as Studio Director. TK is now Consulting Conservator at StudioTKM Associates, Inc. He received a Master of Arts, Conservation of Historic and Artistic Work from Cooperstown Graduate Program, and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (UK).

lorraine_bigrig_portraitLorraine Bigrigg is Partner and Senior Conservator at Studio TKM Associates, Inc., a private practice devoted to the conservation of works on paper including fine art, historic works, Asian paintings and prints, and the decorative arts for institutional and private clients in North America, Europe and Asia, and a Professional Associate of AIC. She received her Master in Art Conservation from Queens’s University.

Deborah-La-Camera-portraitDeborah La Camera is Partner and Senior Conservator at Studio TKM Associates, Inc. She received her Masters degree from the Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center, New York University, completed the Advanced-Level Training Program, Straus Center for Conservation, Harvard University, and served as Fellow in the Paper Conservation Laboratory, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Studio TKM Associates Inc., a private conservation studio located in metro Boston, conserves works of art on paper for institutions that lack conservation facilities of their own or that seek additional specialization, including museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, private and public agencies, as well as galleries and individuals throughout North America, Europe & Asia. Areas of treatment specialty include fine art (old and modern master drawings, painting and graphics), decorative and historic works (architectural drawings and prints, maps and globes, historic wallpaper and murals, documents, artifacts and ephemera, parchment), and Asian paintings and prints on paper and silk. Other services include facility and collections surveys, educational programs, examination of objects for acquisition or exhibition, and general consulting on concerns relevant to conservation, storage and display.

The conservators of Studio TKM Associates have published widely on topics related to the care and conservation of paper-based artefacts including globes and historic wallpaper, as well as the exchange of conservation materials and techniques between Asia and the West. Their interest remains in providing conservation treatment services of the highest quality, while contributing to the advancement of collective connoisseurship, technical knowledge and craftsmanship within the field of conservation.

Recorded: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Duration: 1 Hour 3 minutes


Caring for Your Historic Globe Collections PowerPoint Slides


Caring for Your Historic Globe Collection Handout


Globe Making: How the World is Made (1955) | British Pathé