Katherine Garrett-Cox has recently joined the staff of The Preservation Society of Newport County as its Collections Manager, with primary responsibility for stewardship of the museum’s collection of more than 55,000 objects. Working closely with the curators and conservators, the Collections Manager maintains not only the physical safety of the objects, but also ensures the accuracy and accessibility of information about them.
For the past 13 years, Garrett-Cox was the Manager of Historical Collections at Maymont, a Gilded Age estate in Richmond, Virginia. She received her B.A. in art history from Salem College, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and holds a Master’s degree, also in art history, from Richmond, The American International University in London, where she interned under the curator of 19th century textiles and costumes at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has lectured widely on both historical subjects and professional practice issues, focusing especially on disaster planning and recovery; and she has coordinated numerous exhibitions on topics ranging from Gilded Age entertaining to Japanese influence in Gilded Age decorative arts.
The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, decorative arts and social history. Its 11 historic properties–seven of them National Historic Landmarks–span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.