Conservation Resources

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 http://www.conservation-us.org for information on care and conservation of textiles and a list of textile conservators nearest you.

Use materials that are considered 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

Conservation Suppliers

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.

SHAREMuseumsEast

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

 

SIArchives

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

 Framers

The following links are for resources of use to small museums:

American Association for State and Local History, https://aaslh.org/: "The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a national association that provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people."

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes, https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/conservation-preservation-publications/canadian-conservation-institute-notes.html: "​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."

StEPs, https://learn.aaslh.org/products/steps-enrollment: "The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) is AASLH’s self-study standards program designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions."
 
Institute of Museum and Library Services, https://www.imls.gov/The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

National Park Service Conserv-O-Grams, https://www.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/cons_toc.html: "short, focused leaflets about caring for museum objects, published in loose-leaf format."

RE-ORG, http://www.re-org.info/: "RE-ORG offers tools for those entrusted with the protection of museum collections for the benefit of future generations."

Small Museums Toolkit, https://rowman.com/isbn/9780759113343: "The Small Museum Toolkit is a collection of six books that serves as a launching point for small museum staff to pursue best practices and meet museum standards. These brief volumes address governance, financial management, human resources, audience relations, interpretation, and stewardship for small museums and historic sites."

Storage Techniques for Art, Science and History, http://stashc.com/: "This website provides information and tools so that institutions of all types, sizes and resource levels can learn how to create safe and appropriate storage solutions. These solutions were written by and for collection care professionals in all fields."

Conservation Grant Opportunities

American Institute of Conservation: Outside Funding Sources

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Kress Foundation: Conservation Grants Program

National Endowment for the Humanities: Preservation and Access Education Training Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities: Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Past Perfect Museum Software: Grant Opportunities

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