White House Office of the Curator

Office of the White House

The White House Office of the Curator is charged with the conservation and study of the collection of fine art, furniture and decorative objects used to furnish both the public and private rooms of the White House.

White House Curator
Executive Residence
AppointerPresident of the United States
Formation1961; 63 years ago (1961)
First holderLorraine Waxman Pearce

The office began in 1961 during the administration of President John F. Kennedy while First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy oversaw the restoration of the White House.[1] The office is located in the ground floor of the White House Executive Residence.

The most recent White House curator is Lydia Tederick, appointed in 2017.[2]


  1. "Curator's Office". The White House Museum.
  2. Thompson, Krissah; Koncius, Jura. "White House curator to retire after working with first families for decades". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 January 2018.