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Andrew Lins Records

Identifier: ALR


These papers document the work of Andrew Lins, conservator of arts and sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


  • 1966-2014


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The Andrew Lins Records are the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Biographical / Historical

Andrew Lins was a conservator of arts and sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He joined the museum in 1979 and retired in 2015. Starting in 1997, he chaired the museum’s conservation division, overseeing the care of the museum’s collection and the operations of six departments.

Born in Manhattan to Marion Stewart and John Philip Lins II, Mr. Lins attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. He received a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in art history from New York University. He earned a master’s degree in science from Sir John Cass College in London and a diploma in art conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts in New York.

Lins was an expert in metal corrosion and sculpture conservation. His technical advice was sought in conserving some of the nation’s foremost historic treasures, including the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Memorial, the Liberty Bell, and the William Penn statue atop City Hall. He erved as metals conservation consultant to the National Park Service and lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Lins was also a founding member of the Philadelphia Conservation Advisory Committee, and for 30 years, starting in the mid-1980s, volunteered his time and expertise to the city’s public art staff.

Works Consulted

  1. Cook, Bonnie L. “Andrew Lins, a National Expert on Art Conservation, Dies at 74.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 4, 2020.


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Preliminary processing and description by Margaret Huang in 2020.

Guide to the Andrew Lins Records
Preliminary finding aid by Margaret Huang
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States