New Mexico Association of Museums

General Collections Care


  • The American Association of State and Local History has a series of technical leaflets that provide information on care of collections and other topics on running small museums and historical societies.
  • The American Institute for Conservation is the leading professional organization for conservators in the United States. They have a page for referrals to assist you in finding a conservator to work on a specific problem or from specific areas. There is a link to a series of pamphlets (Caring for Your Treasures) with advice on caring for different types of objects. You will also find tools and links for disaster response.
  • Australian Network for Information on Cellulose Acetate (ANICA) is a website dedicated to the characteristics of cellulose acetate and its deterioration. Cellulose acetate is used in many items that might be found in a small museum or archives collection, especially in the film base of many photographic negatives and in sound-recording tapes.
  • BCIN, the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network, is the Web's most complete bibliographic resource for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of cultural property.
  • The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) was created in 1972 to promote the proper care and preservation of Canada's cultural heritage and to advance the practice, science, and technology of conservation. The Institute has worked closely with hundreds of museums, art galleries, academic institutions, and other heritage organizations to help them better preserve their collections. From leading-edge research to innovative approaches, the Canadian Conservation Institute is recognized as a pioneer in the conservation of cultural heritage.
  • The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), a Special Operating Agency in the Department of Canadian Heritage, was created in 1972 to foster sound management through a national inventory of museum collections across the country. The CHIN site provides the heritage community with access to professional resources, with a particular focus on skills for creating, presenting, and managing digital content. Products and services include online courses on image digitization and automated collections management systems; information about professional events and career opportunities; research and reference tools; intellectual property publications; and bibliographies and data dictionaries. CHIN also represents the Canadian museum community in international projects related to access to heritage information. CHIN's work in developing standards for museum documentation has been internationally recognized and has been extended to encompass a broad range of information types and the technical protocols necessary to exchange information in a widely distributed environment.
  • CoOl (Conservation OnLine), a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives, and museum materials. It is the oldest website of information and resources for Art Conservators. It also contains links to many other preservation and conservation organizations of far-reaching interest to those in museums, archives, historical societies, and the like.
  • The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) has many useful collections care brochures available online that are applicable to small museums everywhere. The MHS Historic Housekeeping Manual is available as a PDF here.
  • The National Park Service Conserv-o-Grams are a series of help pamphlets from the NPS that cover the care of a wide variety of museum objects as well as the preservation of various building materials.
  • The National Preservation Institute (NPI) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization offering specialized information, continuing education, and professional training for the management, development, and preservation of historic, cultural, and environmental resources. Founded in 1980, NPI offers seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management. NPI is proud to serve a broad spectrum of professionals from both the government and private sectors by providing preservation information, knowledge, and skills to train and guide the stewards of this nation's historic and cultural places.
  • The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is the largest nonprofit, regional conservation center in the United States. Its mission is to improve the preservation programs of libraries, archives, museums, and other historical and cultural organizations; to provide the highest quality services to institutions that cannon afford in-house conservation facilities or that require specialized expertise; and to provide leadership to the preservation field. They also provide many useful resources at their website including an entire manual on the care of archival and library collections available in both English and Spanish.
  • Northern States Conservation Center is a privately operated conservation center in Minnesota. They provide many resources on their website for the care and managing of collections. They also publish a helpful newsletter called Collections Caretaker that is available by subscription.

    Museum of International Folk Art

    Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe

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