About Becky Fifield

Wandering is important. Do so: by foot, by tire, or simply within your own neurons. 

Thirty years working with cultural heritage: how did that happen? A favorite art teacher suggested I volunteer at my local museum. I was hooked. My desire to help everyone have the experience of discovering their story led me to the New York Public Library as their first Head of Collection Management in the Preservation and Collection Processing Division in 2016.


I'm honored to be recognized for my work. I'm a Fellow of American Institute for Conservation, the former Chair of the Alliance for Response NYC, and received a Winterthur Fellowship in 2013 for my enslaved and indentured servant textile research.


We call the Hudson Valley our home, but my roots run deep in tidewater Maryland and New England. I'm into food, transit, historic preservation, textile history, running, and gardening. Fun fact:  8th-great grandmother Mary Osgood confessed to being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials.