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The Conservation Laboratory recommends the following to those interested in museum conservation.


Further Reading

The Art of the Conservator
Andrew Oddy, editor
Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992
ISBN 1-55098-229-2

CCI Notes
Series of leaflets constantly being updated.
Ottawa: Canadian Conservation Institute
Available from

Caring for Collections
Harriet Whelchel, editor
Washington, DC: National Committee to Save
America’s Cultural Collections, 1992
ISBN 0-8109-3174-5

Conservation Concerns: A Guide for Collectors and Curators
Konstanze Bachmann, editor
Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992
ISBN 1-56098-174-1

Sotheby’s Caring for Antiques:
The Complete Guide to Handling, Cleaning, Display, and Restoration

Mette Tang Simpson and Michael Huntley, editors
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992
ISBN 0-671-75105-0

The Winterthur Guide to Caring for Your Collection
Gregory J. Landrey and others
Winterthur, DE: Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum,
Winterthur Decorative Arts Series, 2000
ISBN 0-912724-52-8



“Preserving My Heritage”
A website of the Canadian Conservation Institute that aims to help people care for and preserve their family heirlooms and treasures.

Many websites provide technical leaflets on how to care for various objects and materials. They include:

The Northeast Document Conservation Center
The NEDCC is the largest nonprofit, regional conservation center in the United States.

The National Park Service Conserve O Grams
Short topics on caring for museum objects.

The Library of Congress Preservation Directorate
Information on the care of books, photos, videos and other media.


Professional Societies

International Institute for Conservation
of Historic & Artistic Works
6 Buckingham St
London WC2N 6BA
United Kingdom

American Institute for Conservation
of Historic & Artistic Works
1717 K. Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20006

Western Association for Art Conservation