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AUTHOR: Tana Villafana

Tana Villafana was a chemist in the Preservation Research and Testing Division. She used her background in spectroscopy, microscopy and imaging to non-invasively analyze and identify the materials in the Library’s vast collection, often leading to impactful data that can inform object history and guide preservation treatments. Tana worked towards her B.S in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago; by day researching ultrafast laser phenomena in the school’s basement and by night, going to poetry slams and playing music at local venues.

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