Preservation and Conservation Resources for Cultural Collecting Institutions
Below is a list of reliable preservation and conservation information resources for museums, historical societies, libraries, other cultural collecting institutions.
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
CCI offers a wide range of expert services in the field of heritage conservation and can provide personalized services to meet specific requirements. Clients include Canadian museums, art galleries, archives, libraries and historic sites whose primary role is to acquire, conserve, research, communicate and exhibit (for purposes of study, education and enjoyment) permanent heritage collections that are accessible to the Canadian public.
Image Permanence Institute
IPI develops and deploys sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property. This website has information on environmental management, testing and standards, papers on a multitude of topics and free PDFs covering many preservation topics.
Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC)
Organized in 1977 by area museums to care for their collections, MACC has grown to become a full service fine arts conservation laboratory that serves all kinds of cultural institutions, museums, historical societies, libraries, archives, as well as private and corporate collections.
National Film Foundation - Film Preservation Guide
This PDF introduces film preservation to nonprofit and public institutions that have collections of motion picture film but lack information about how to care for this type of collection.
National Park Service (NPS) Conserve-O-Grams
Conserve-O-Grams (COGs) are short, focused online leaflets that cover a range of collections types including archives, ceramics, digital media, fine arts, furniture, leatherwork, natural history collections, photographs and textiles. The COGs address specific procedures, techniques and materials on preservation, security, fire and curatorial safety, agents of deterioration, packing and shipping, storage and disaster preparedness.
Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) - For Paper-Based Collections
NEDCC provides professional conservation treatment for books, maps, photographs, documents, parchment, papyrus, manuscripts, architectural plans and works of art on paper. NEDCC treats many highly significant paper and photographic objects and continues to be the premiere center for the most difficult conservation challenges.
Texas Commission on the Arts- Videotape Identification and Preservation Guide
A guide, with images, that helps you identify items in your collection and provides basic information on formats, risks and conservation actions. This guide also includes a list of resources for more information.
Please Note: The information presented here is not intended to provide comprehensive technical advice or instructions on preservation issues. Any information contained or referenced is meant to provide a basic understanding of preservation practices and does not constitute an endorsement by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Suppliers of Museum and Archival-Quality Storage Products
A list of suppliers of museum and archival-quality storage products and other preservation resources.
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