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Collections Care, Maintenance and Storage Information

General Book Arts Information

The Library of Congress
          Resource Guide
          Caring for Your Collections
          Preservation Supply Specifications

National Park Service Conserve-O-Grams are short, focused leaflets in loose-leaf format about specific procedures, techniques and materials. They include resource lists and bibliographies. Conserve O Grams are in PDF format. This site includes Conserve O Gram Safe Plastics and Fabrics for Exhibit and Storage (PDF document)

The National Archives At-A-Glance-Guide to Document Handling and Holdings Maintenance
See also the National Archives Guidelines for Shelving Bound Volumes

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute 'taking care' section includes care for furniture, objects, paintings, textiles and paper based materials.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) offers resource materials for private and family collections.

AIC Caring for Your Treasures

American Museum of Natural History Library - Preserving Personal Books and Papers

Cornell University Library Department of Preservation and Collection Maintenance

AMIGOS Library Services Imaging and Preservation Resources

Canadian Conservation Institute CCI Notes deal with topics of interest to those who care for cultural objects. Intended for a broad audience, the Notes offer practical advice about issues and questions related to the care, handling, and storage of cultural objects. Many Notes are illustrated, and provide bibliographies as well as suggestions for contacting suppliers. Written by CCI staff, there are currently over 100 Notes in this ever-expanding series.

Heritage Preservation Heritage Health Index Resources for Collections Care includes disaster plan help, locate a conservator, locate staff training opportunities, funding collections care and additional resource organizations.

The Northern States Conservation Center offers an alphabetical list of 45 collection categories with useful Internet articles. The vast majority concern Care of Archival Materials. However, there are articles about care of costumes, glass, musical instruments and furniture as well.

The British Library National Preservation Office

Arts, Crafts and Theatre Safety (ACTS) provides safety and hazard information for the Arts worldwide.

Selecting Professional Conservation help

Ransom Center Private Conservator Directory is a listing by specialty of conservation professionals working in Texas.

Library of Congress
          Choosing a conservator
          Choosing an appraiser

Northeast Document Conservation Center - Choosing and Working with a Conservator

AIC - Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator