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.
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 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.
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.
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.
BC Museums Association: Your Museum Coach
MinnesotaHistory: Conservation and Preservation of Heirloom Textiles
Kathan L: Winterthur Museum
Mountain Heritage Center
Association for Materials & Methods in Paleontology