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General Care of Collections

Caring for family collections or general care of collections have been well documented in articles on the Internet. Here are a few to get you started:

Books and products we recommend:

Collections Caretaker Vol 1 No 1
Vol.1 No.1
Long Range Preservation Planning


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CCI NotesCCI Notes is the most important collection care publication a museum can purchase. A collection of over 90 technical leaflets written for a broad audience, topics in this continually expanding series range from "Removing Mould from Leather" to "Storage for Costume Accessories" and "Indoor Display of Industrial Collections." CCI Notes are illustrated, include supplier lists and a thorough bibliography. Note: this publication is not a compilation of the CCI technical bulletins. CCI Notes is no longer for sale but is available online at the CCI website.

Table of Contents
1. Care of Collections – General Guidelines
2. Preventive Conservation
3. The Museum Environment – Biological Factors
4. Archaeological and Field Conservation
5. Ceramics and Glass
6. Care of Ethnographic Materials
7. Furniture and Wooden Artifacts
8. Leather, Skin and Fur
9. Metals
10. Paintings and Polychrome Sculpture
11. Paper and Books
12. Stone and Plaster
13. Textiles and Fibres
14. Planning for Disaster Management
15. Other Materials
16. Care of Photographic Materials
17. Spot Tests in Conservation
18. Conservation Equipment

CCI Notes is no longer for sale but is available online at the CCI website.  


Preventive Conservation CoverPreventive Conservation in Museums: Video Handbook compliments the 19-video series on preventive conservation. Each chapter is the script of one of the videos. Subjects include an introduction to preventive conservation, storage, the condition report, relative humidity and temperature, the care of textiles, protecting objects on exhibit, emergency and disaster planning, and closing a seasonal museum.

Preventive Conservation in Museums Handbook $35.00

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Preservation Wall ChartFramework for the Preservation of Museum Collections Wall Chart outlines various methods that can be used to avoid or control potential deterioration of museum objects. The rows list nine agents of deterioration (direct physical forces: thieves, vandals, displacers; fire; water; pests; contaminants; radiation; incorrect temperature and incorrect relative humidity), while the columns present three different levels at which the agent deterioration can be controlled. The procedures column outlines actions that can be taken. English/Spanish.

Preservation of Museum
Collections Wall Chart

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Links to related information on other sites:

Preventive Conservation

NEDCC Offers Hints for Preserving Family Collections

American Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property Basic Guidelines for the Care of Special Collections

AIC Caring For Your Treasures: Books to Help You

Preserving Family Collections

Bibliographies and Resource Guides on Conservation Topics

Preserving the Past:
A Guide for Conserving Library Collections (3 Parts)
Part One: (exhibit text- explains conservation and preservation)

Part Two: (exhibit text- explains about environment and its effects)

The Conservation of Works of Art – The Labour of an Expert

Preserving Collections in Tropical Countries

Researching Genealogy on the WWW

Care of sports memorabilia, by Paul Storch Tech Talk/July 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 7 – (An Adobe PDF file) techtalk/TechTalkJuly1997.pdf

Media relations, by Barbara Averill Tech Talk/May 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 5 – (An Adobe PDF file) techtalk/TechTalkMay1997.pdf

Conserving political buttons, by Paul Storch Tech Talk/March 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 3 – (An Adobe PDF file) techtalk/TechTalkMarch1998.pdf

Conservation – Books & Paper

A Checklist for Preserving your Family Letters and Paper Heirlooms

Preventive Conservation Recommendations for Organic Objects (Conserve-O-Gram 1/3) – (An Adobe PDF file)