Advice on Caring for Your Personal Collections
Find a Conservator
A qualified conservator can provide sound, ethical preservation services for your art objects, artifacts, and other items of historic and cultural value and can diagnose present and potential problems, provide treatment when necessary, and advise on appropriate conditions for storage and exhibition. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) publishes Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator and maintains a database of conservators in your area.
Personal collections may have historic, financial, or simply sentimental value. Given the wide variety of material formats that may be in your personal collections (photographs, newspapers, and lettters to artifacts, textiles and film recordings), you should seek information that address the specific needs of the type of items in your collection. The following resources provide up-to-date information on many material formats:
Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures (Library of Congress)
Caring for Your Treasures (AIC - American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works)
Caring for Your Family Archives (NARA - National Archives and Records Administration)
Preserving My Heritage (CCI - Canadian Conservation Institute)