Conservation Resources

Storing photographs safely in a protective case


These free collections care documents can help families, cultural heritage institutions, and private collectors preserve their artifacts for generations to come.

The conservators at the Ford Conservation Center have created these resources with partial support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). These views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the IMLS.

Professional conservators do not make appraisals on cultural property in compliance with professional ethics. Please consult this list to find appraisers in Nebraska and the surrounding region. 

Appraiser Information


No textile conservator is on the Ford Center staff. Use the American Institute of Conservation's "Find a Conservator" tool at for information on care and conservation of textiles and a list of textile conservators nearest you.

Use materials relatively safe for close proximity to collection objects. Conservators and chemists have determined some general guidelines to help keep your objects safe through research and experimentation. 

Materials Guidelines


To help you pack and ship your artwork, consult this list. All companies indicate they provide packing, crating, insurance, and national and international shipping. Some indicate additional services, such as climate-controlled storage.

Fine Art Shippers


These links offer a selection of YouTube videos posted by various cultural institutions. Ford Center conservators have reviewed them, so you can be assured the simple and straightforward information about collections care is also reliable! Check out tips on basics such as vacuuming, storage, and handling of a variety of artifacts.


Collections Rationalization

Contents of a Museum Labeling and Marking Kit

Labeling and Marking Paper Objects in Museum Collections

Labeling and Marking Textiles in Museum Collections

Marking Museum Objects Using Starch Paste Method

Calibrating a Dial Hygrometer

Calibrating a Thermohygrograph


BC Museums Association: Your Museum Coach

Handling an Artifact

Making a Mount for an Article in Storage

Preparing Textiles for Storage

Minimizing Light Damage

Cleaning an Artifact


MinnesotaHistory: Conservation and Preservation of Heirloom Textiles

Materials You Need (Part 1 of 6)

How to Make a Padded Hanger (Part 2 of 6)

Storing Costumes in Boxes (Part 3 of 6)

Storage of Flat Textiles in Boxes (Part 4 of 6)

Storage of Quilts and Coverlets (Part 5 of 6)

Rolling Textiles on a Tube (Part 6 of 6)

Artifact and Rare Book Handling: To Glove or Not to Glove?


Kathan L: Winterthur Museum

Care in Handling, Introduction

Care in Handling, Chapter 1, Objects

Care in Handling, Chapter 2, Textiles

Care in Handling, Chapter 3, Paper 

Care in Handling, Chapter 4, Books

Care in Handling, Chapter 5, Paintings

Care in Handling, Chapter 6, Furniture and Wooden Objects



Preserve Your Treasures: How to Remove Photos from a Sticky Album

Preserve Your Treasures: How to Store Your Photographs


Mountain Heritage Center

How to Create a Storage Box for Museum Artifacts


Association for Materials & Methods in Paleontology

Cavity Mounts: Basics

Cavity Mounts: Variations

Proper matting and framing can help to protect these items from deterioration due to changing relative humidity, light exposure, handling, and other sources of damage. A conservator will be able to advise you the proper materials to use as well as the hanging hardware needed to safely hand your artwork. Ask framers to use museum-quality materials such as acid-free and lignin-free mat board and UV –filtering as appropriate.


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