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Unbound Conservation LLC is a Pittsburgh-based conservation studio dedicated to the preservation of works of art and artifacts on paper.



Unbound Conservation LLC offers paper conservation services to individuals and institutions interested in restoring, caring for, and sharing family history and private or community collections. 

In collaboration with our clients and customers, we focus on ensuring long-term care of paper-based art, prints and posters, documents and archival records, manuscripts, and ephemera.

Treatment plans address the unique needs of each artifact, including careful examination, stabilization, and repair, as well as preservation strategies and/or custom housing.

​Please contact us with your paper conservation, restoration or preservation questions, or if your group is interested in learning more about the conservation and care of historic and family collections.

​You can read more about the preservation of cultural heritage by visiting the website of the American Institute for Conservation here.


Carolyn Burns, Conservator

Carolyn studied printmaking at the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, graduating with a B.A. in Art.

She began her career in Pittsburgh, working as a Conservation Technician with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Carolyn holds a Master of Arts degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State.

She has held internships with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Weissman Preservation Center of Harvard University, and was most recently the Charles E. Culpeper Advanced Training Fellow in Paper Conservation at the National Gallery of Art.

Carolyn is a member of the American Institute for Conservation.


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