Preserving Your Memories

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Paper    

Caring for Your Documents and Works of Art on Paper

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
www.conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=628

This guide is one of almost a dozen summary resources on the care of family heirlooms and works of art made available by AIC, a national membership organization for conservation professionals. Basic tips on environmental conditions, the use of enclosures, and proper handling will provide a good starting point for private collectors and curators.

Preserving Works on Paper: Manuscripts, Drawings, Prints, Posters, Maps, Documents

Library of Congress
www.loc.gov/preserv/care/paper.html

Based on LC’s preservation procedures, this leaflet includes best practices on how to protect family collections and flat paper objects in small research libraries from damage. Most advice is preventive and includes low or no-cost ideas such closing drapes to reduce the risk of light damage.

The Care and Preservation of Documents and Works of Art on Paper

The Henry Ford
www.thehenryford.org/research/caring/paper.aspx

The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center has developed some Preservation Fact Sheets for the museum community, most on the care of objects and buildings, with several on the care of paper collections. This one provides some fundamentals about the problems inherent in paper and media that can cause collections to be fragile or unstable.

Caring for Your Artwork

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
www.mcmichael.com/artwork.cfm

The McMichael created this FAQ to assist individuals with caring for home collections, focusing most specifically on caring for works of art on paper. Includes an excellent outline on displaying objects, as well as best practices for framing.

Storing Archival Paper Based Collections

National Park Service Conserve O Gram 19/16 (September 1996)
www.nps.gov/history/museum/publications/conserveogram/cons_toc.html#collectionpreservation

Presented in chart form, this leaflet provides basic guidelines for archives, libraries and records centers to protect document collections from damage due to poor handling and storage practices.

For more resources see the IMLS Guide to Online Resources > Care for Collections > Paper and Ephemera: www.imls.gov/collections/resources/care_paper.htm    

Photographs

Care of Photographs

Northeast Document Conservation Center
www.nedcc.org/resources/leaflets/5Photographs/03CareOfPhotos.php

This leaflet provides information on best practices for the care of photographs, namely through controlling environmental conditions, storage conditions, and handling. This is one of many printable Preservation Leaflets provided by NEDCC, covering a wide range of topics.

The Care and Preservation of Photographic Prints

The Henry Ford
www.thehenryford.org/research/caring/prints.aspx

A brief summary of the nature of both black and white and color photographs, followed by information on causes of deterioration and guidelines for care. This resource includes a print bibliography and a supplier list.

Caring for Your Photographic Collections

Library of Congress
www.loc.gov/preserv/care/photo.html

Based on the Library of Congress’ preservation procedures, this leaflet includes best practices for preventing deterioration of photographs as well as storage suggestions for photographic material. The website also contains links to information on identifying photographic processes.

Storage Enclosures for Photographic Materials

Northeast Document Conservation Center
www.nedcc.org/resources/leaflets/4Storage_and_Handling/11StorageEnclosures.php

Another of NEDCC’s Preservation Leaflets, this guide contains information on the advantages and disadvantages of various types of paper and plastic storage enclosures for photographs.

For more, see the IMLS Guide to Online Resources > Care for Collections > Photographs: www.imls.gov/collections/resources/care_photos.htm    

Books

Care, Handling and Storage of Books

Library of Congress
www.loc.gov/preserv/care/books.html

Based on LC’s preservation procedures, this leaflet includes best practices on how to prevent damage to home libraries and books held in small research libraries. Two additional leaflets on book care, Asian Bindings and Leather Dressing, are available at www.loc.gov/preserv/careothr.html.

Caring for Your Treasures: Books

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
http://conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=626&parentID=497

This guide is one of almost a dozen summary resources on the care of family heirlooms and works of art made available by AIC, a national membership organization for conservation professionals. This guide offers practical advice for preventing damage to books, including proper handling, shelving and storage conditions, and is a good overall introduction to best practices for both private collectors and curators.

Basic Preservation Guidelines for Library and Archive Collections

The British Library National Preservation Office
www.bl.uk/npo/pdf/basic.pdf

Authored by the Head of the National Preservation Office at the British Library, this 14-page booklet is one in a series prepared as an introduction to preservation for those managing libraries and archives in all types of institutions. A full list of titles is available at www.bl.uk/npo/publicationsleaf.html.

Good Handling Principles and Practice for Library and Archive Materials

The British Library National Preservation Office
www.bl.uk/npo/pdf/handling.pdf

This booklet is designed to instill good handling practices at all varieties of libraries and archives for both staff and patrons. Included are guidelines for managing supervised research rooms, tips for retrieving materials from storage, and detailed guidelines for shelving.

Basic Care of Books, CCI Notes 11/7

Canadian Conservation Institute
www.cci-icc.gc.ca/crc/notes/pdf-documents/n11-7_e.pdf

This six-page leaflet addresses the care of rare and unique books held in libraries, archives, museums and private collections. Topics of interest include how to safely dry clean a book and the problems and possible options associated with caring for leather bindings.

For more resources see the IMLS Guide to Online Resources > Care for Collections > Books: www.imls.gov/collections/resources/care_books.htm    

Textiles

Caring for Textiles

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
http://conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=634

This guide is one of almost a dozen summary resources on the care of family heirlooms and works of art made available by AIC, a national membership organization for conservation professionals. Basic tips for preventing damage to textiles include environmental recommendations for display and storage, handling suggestions, and advice for dealing with disaster-affected materials.

Guidelines for the Care of Textiles

The Textile Museum Conservation Department
www.textilemuseum.org/care/brochures/guidelines.htm

These guidelines offer practical advice for individuals who wish to maintain their personal collection of textiles. It offers modifications to the standards museums use to make the care of textiles feasible at home.

The Care and Preservation of Antique Textiles and Costumes

The Henry Ford
www.thehenryford.org/research/caring/textiles.aspx

The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center has developed several Preservation Fact Sheets, including this one on antique textiles and costumes. This resource includes information on the various causes of deterioration, recommendations for storage and display, a print bibliography and a supplier list.

For more resources see the IMLS Guide to Online Resources > Care for Collections > Textiles: www.imls.gov/collections/resources/care_textiles.htm    

Audiovisual Materials

Care, Handling and Storage of Motion Picture Film

Library of Congress
www.loc.gov/preserv/care/film.html

This brief article, based on the Library of Congress’ own preservation practices, discusses various types of motion picture film and offers best practices for the handling and storage of film.

Cylinder, Disc, and Tape Care in a Nutshell

Library of Congress
www.loc.gov/preserv/care/record.html

This factsheet, based on the Library of Congress’ own preservation practices, offers best practices for storage, handling, and cleaning of cylinders, discs, and open reel and cassette tapes. It includes an extensive bibliography and list of suppliers.

Film Preservation Guide

National Film Preservation Foundation
www.filmpreservation.org/preservation/film_guide.html

This 138-page illustrated guide is intended to help librarians and archivists establish film preservation practices at their institution. The information is formulated for professionals who do not have training in this technical specialty, and includes charts and diagrams, case studies, a vendor list, and a glossary.

Videotape Identification and Assessment Guide

Texas Commission on the Arts
www.arts.state.tx.us/video/

This guide, aimed at museum professionals with video tape collections but little to no specialty training or equipment, provides illustrated information on identifying formats, understanding longevity risks, assessing condition, and possible conservation actions. It is also available as a 55 page PDF.

Videotape Preservation Factsheets

Association of Moving Image Archivists
www.amianet.org/publication/resources/guidelines/videofacts/about.html

This series of 18 factsheets (42 pages total), published by AMIA, covers a wide range of information about videotape preservation for custodians of archival tape collections.

For more resources see the IMLS Guide to Online Resources > Care for Collections > Audio-Visual Materials: www.imls.gov/collections/resources/care_av.htm    

Artifacts

Ceramics and Glass

Caring for Your Ceramics and Glass Objects

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
http://conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=627

This guide is one of almost a dozen summary resources on the care of family heirlooms and works of art made available by AIC, a national membership organization for conservation professionals. It begins with a brief discussion on ceramic classification and continues with recommendations for handling, storage and display, cleaning practices, and dealing with old repairs and restorations.

The Care and Preservation of Glass and Ceramics

The Henry Ford
www.thehenryford.org/research/caring/glass.aspx

The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center has developed several Preservation Fact Sheets, including this one on glass and ceramics. This resource provides information on causes of deterioration and guidelines for care, including supplies the Benson Ford Research Center currently uses.

Metal

Caring for Your Metal Objects

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
http://conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=631

This guide is one of almost a dozen summary resources on the care of family heirlooms and works of art made available by AIC, a national membership organization for conservation professionals. It is a general discussion of all metal objects, and includes information on proper cleaning and handling procedures, as well as recommendations for storage and display.

The Care and Preservation of Historical Silver

The Henry Ford
www.thehenryford.org/research/caring/silver.aspx

This Preservation Fact Sheet from The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center focuses specifically on historic silver pieces. It details not only identifying silver objects and causes of their deterioration, but also offers some possible polishing options, including the polish recipe used most frequently by staff.

The Care and Preservation of Historical Brass and Bronze

The Henry Ford
www.thehenryford.org/research/caring/brass.aspx

This Preservation Fact Sheet from The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center gives an overview of the care of historical brass and bronze objects. It offers information on distinguishing between safe and harmful corrosion, and suggestions for cleaning, degreasing, polishing, and coating artifacts. It does not discuss problems associated with archaeological metals, nor outdoor bronze sculptures.

The Care and Preservation of Historical Iron

The Henry Ford
www.thehenryford.org/research/caring/iron.aspx

This Preservation Fact Sheet from The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center gives an overview of the care of historical iron. It offers information on types of corrosion, and suggestions for cleaning, degreasing, corrosion removal, polishing, and coating artifacts. It does not discuss problems associated with archaeological metals, either from land or marine sites.

Wood and Furniture

The Care and Preservation of Furniture and Wooden Objects

The Henry Ford
www.thehenryford.org/research/caring/wood.aspx

This Preservation Fact Sheet from The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center gives an overview of the care of furniture and wooden objects. It provides tips on moving furniture, recommended environmental conditions, suggestions for cleaning, and gives a brief of common wood pests.

Caring for Furniture

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
http://conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=629

This guide is one of almost a dozen summary resources on the care of family heirlooms and works of art made available by AIC, a national membership organization for conservation professionals. It offers suggestions for the storage and display of furniture, as well as its cleaning and handling, and signs of possible insect activity.

Furniture Care and Handling

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
www.si.edu/MCI/downloads/taking_care/MCIFurnitureCare.pdf

This 17-page booklet from the Smithsonian MCI focuses on caring for wooden furniture and minimizing preventable damage. It includes both general and type-specific information on handling and moving furniture, as well as the maintenance of metal hardware.

For more resources see the IMLS Guide to Online Resources > Care for Collections > Ceramics and Glass, Metal, and Wood:

Digital Materials

Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists

Council on Library and Information Resources
www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub121/pub121.pdf

A 49-page document intended for use by librarians and archivists that discusses best practices for maintaining optical disc collections. It includes information on disc structure, disc storage, conditions that influence deterioration, and cleaning.

Conserve O Gram 19/19 Care of Archival Compact Discs

National Park Service
www.nps.gov/history/museum/publications/conserveogram/19-19.pdf

A four-page leaflet geared towards collection managers; it briefly discusses disc construction and type, and also includes a “do’s and don’ts” checklist for preserving archival CDs. It should be noted that the guide is dated 1996, so information may be out of date.

Conserve O Gram 19/20 Care of Archival Digital and Magnetic Media

National Park Servic
www.nps.gov/history/museum/publications/conserveogram/19-20.pdf

A four-page leaflet geared towards collection managers; it consists of a “do’s and don’ts” checklist for caring for archival digital and magnetic media. It should be noted that the guide is dated 1996, so information may be out of date.

Preserving Your Digital Memories

Library of Congress
http://digitalpreservation.gov/you/digitalmemories.html

A brief article aimed at the general public highlighting “at risk” digital files and providing tips to help preserve them.

Moving Theory into Practice: Digital Imaging Tutorial

Cornell University Library
www.library.cornell.edu/preservation/tutorial/contents.html

This online tutorial for libraries and archives gives information on digitizing cultural heritage objects for greater accessibility, based on Cornell University Library’s policies and experiences. It can also be found as a 138 page PDF document through the “Printing This Tutorial” link.

Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-term Strategies for Long-term Problems

Cornell University Library and ICPSR
www.icpsr.umich.edu/dpm/dpm-eng/eng_index.html

This online tutorial developed for librarians and archivists by Cornell University Library in partnership with ICPSR discusses the establishment of a digital preservation program. It can also be found as a 107-page PDF document through the “Using This Tutorial” link.

For more resources see the IMLS Guide to Online Resources > Care for Collections > Digital Materials: www.imls.gov/collections/resources/care_dig.htm