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Preservation Principles

Courses we recommend:


MS104: An Introduction to Collections Preservation
              Course Description & Info     Instructors: Gretchen Anderson & Helen Alten
              Student Login    Price: $475
              Jan 6 – Jan 31, 2014     [Learn More]   
              Apr 7 – May 2, 2014     [Learn More]   
              Jul 7 – Aug 1, 2014     [Learn More]   

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:

Preservation Leaflets – NEDCC

Preventive Conservation

Objects and Collections /resources/newsletter/10_3/feature1_1.html

Phased Conservation Revisited /resources/newsletter/8_2/phasedconservation.html

The Preservation of Information

University of Victoria Learning Opportunities for Museum and Heritage Professionals

NEDCC – Surveys

Preventive Conservation

Mystic Seaport Collection Policy


International Time Capsule Society international_time_capsule_society.asp

The physics of the museum environment

Conservation Terms conservation/notes/terminology.asp