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A New Look at Conservation Standards

American Alliance of Museums

Museum magazine looks at changes in environmental conditions and standards (including the 50/70 standard), and the practical difficulties of sustaining relative humidity and temperature.

Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) presents its Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. The document sets forth the principles that guide conservation professionals in the care of cultural property.

Damage and Deterioration – Visual Glossary

Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material
The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material shares a wonderful website that offers visual representations of various conservation concerns that affect art and cultural artifacts. Great to use when condition reporting.

Connecting to Collections Care Resources

Foundation for Advancement in Conservation

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) shares webinars and other resources related to collections care.

Abstracts of International Conservation Literature

Getty Conservation Institute

The Getty Conservation Institute maintains AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature. This comprehensive, international database has more than 100,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.


Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society shares a variety collections conservation information online including basic storage guidelines, salvage procedures for wet collections, storage and packaging video demonstrations, disaster recovery resources, and case studies for specific conservation treatments.

Basic Preservation Considerations

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Historical Society shares guidelines on preservation considerations, which focus on temperature and relative humidity, light, air quality, water, fire, insects, mold, and security (PDF, 17 pages).

Condition Reporting

Museum of New Zealand
This guide to condition reporting from the Museum of New Zealand provides a clear-cut and easy to use format (PDF, 24 pages).

Preservation Briefs

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) has more than 40 Preservation Briefs that offer guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. Topics include repointing mortar joints, using aluminum and vinyl siding, repairing wooden windows, dangers of abrasive cleaning, reducing lead paint hazards, and preserving ornamental plaster, slate roofs, log structures, and adobe buildings.

Preservation Tech Notes

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) has Preservation Tech Notes that use case studies to illustrate preservation problems and solutions using traditional practices and innovative techniques. More than 45 Tech Notes are available on topics such as exterior woodwork, historic glass, mechanical systems, metals, and windows.

Preservation Leaflets

Northeast Document Conservation Center

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has a number of preservation leaflets focused on storage and handling and simple conservation procedures that can be performed by a non-conservator. Topics include storage enclosures, over-sized paper artifacts, matting and framing, surface cleaning, removal of damaging fasteners, and other basic conservation treatment procedures.

Preservation Self-Assessment Program

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) is a free online tool aimed at helping collection managers prioritize efforts to improve the condition of collections.

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