Preservation Resources

Caring for Your Treasures
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
Guidelines on selecting and working with a conservator as well as brochures on caring for special objects, architecture, books, ceramics and glass objects, furniture, metal objects,paintings, photographic materials, works of art on paper, and home videos.

How to preserve papers, books, photographs and textiles
Video from "The History Detectives" at PBS.

Preserve Your Family Treasures
Minnesota Historical Society
Learn from conservators and curators how to preserve and organize your family papers so they'll be available for future generations. This site also has good information about preserving photographs and metals.

Caring for Your Artifacts
Henry Ford Museum
This guide includes information about textiles and costumes, archival materials, brass and bronze, clocks, furniture and wooden objects, glass and ceramics, historical iron, historical silver, log buildings, oil paintings, photographic prints, and art on paper.

Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures
Library of Congress
Simple and concise intructions on the care and storage of books, motion picture film, photographs, newspapers, sound recordings, and print materials.

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
Guidelines to help you to preserve a variety of objects and materials: furniture, paintings, paper based materials, textiles, toys, watches and clocks, and more.

List of "How to care for ..." Topics
Canadian Conservation Institute
Sections on caring for paper documents, books, photographic materials, textiles, furniture, glass, ceramics, videotapes, carpets, musical instruments,kitchen utensils, clocks, coins, and others. (English and French)

Conservation/Preservation Information for the General Public
Conservation Online (CoOL)
CoOL is a resource and discussion list for conservation professionals, but they've created a special section for information relevant to the general public.

Saving Your Treasures
Based on a NET Television program featuring professionals from the Nebraska State Historical Society's Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center and the State Library Commission, this site provides quick tips and informative video tutorials about preserving a variety of artifacts.