Daniel Viltsek

Book Conservator

Daniel joined the Smithsonian Libraries as a book conservator for the Adopt-A-Book program in December of 2019. In this position he treats rare materials from various collections of the Smithsonian Libraries, and most often books from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library, The Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library and The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology.

Daniel moved to Washington, D.C. from Vancouver, Canada, where he spent three years working in a small bindery making custom books for the movie industry, among other projects. Prior to that he worked seven years as a Rare Book Conservator at The National Library of Israel, where he treated a diversity of book and paper materials from around the world.

Daniel’s interest in conservation grew from his studies in Art History and Archeology at Tel Aviv University. While on an archeological dig at Tel-Megiddo in Israel, he met a group of conservators trying to determine how to provide support for the lintel of a 3200 year old entrance to a grave chamber, and fell in love with the mission of preserving cultural heritage. He eventually found a home in book and paper conservation, and attended the program at the Palazzo Spinelli, a multi-disciplinary school for Art, Conservation and restoration, where he was awarded a certificate in the Conservation of Paper Materials in 2010.

When not at the lab, you can find him reading books about Renaissance Italy, or out exploring the natural world with his family.