Mayday is an international emergency distress signal derived from the French m’aider, which means “help me.” The MayDay effort to prepare for disasters has grown to be a national initiative. On May 1, libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations across the country will take one simple step to protect the art, artifacts, records, books, […]
Collection Activities Archives: Preventive Care
Have you been considering using LED (light emitting diode) bulbs for your exhibits? This rapidly-developing class of environmentally friendly lighting fixtures has generated quite a buzz. The staff at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, has been researching and using LED bulbs in some of its galleries for about eight years. Recorded: Thursday, March 29, […]
Temperature and humidity have a powerful impact on the condition of the collections in your care. Being aware of the environment in the areas that house your collections is essential to ensuring their long-term health. Dataloggers are battery powered devices equipped with sensors and a microprocessor to monitor and record data such as temperature, relative […]
This webinar explored the realities of using the storage you have to the best benefit of collections. Recorded: Monday, March 5, 2012 Duration: Approximately 60 minutes Guest Experts: Laura Hortz Stanton, Director of Preservation Services at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) and Julia Clark, Curator of Collections at the Abbe Museum. […]
Brigid Sullivan, Conservator at the Northeast Cultural Resources Center of the National Park Service, takes questions based on videos about cleaning and caring for the collections held in historic sites.
Neil Cockerline, author of this Technical Leaflet and Director of Preservation Services and Conservator, Midwest Art Conservation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota recently joined us for a live Question and Answer session about items of concern in your collection.
Mary Ballard, Senior Textile Conservator at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, joined us online to answer to questions about the storage and handling of historic textiles and costumes.
National Park Service’s Cold Storage: A Long-Term Preservation Strategy for Film-Based Photographic Materials Web site has video tutorials about the type of photographic materials that are appropriate for cold storage and instructions on how to package, store, monitor, and access them. A non-Flash version of the Web site is also available. Some of the topics […]
Something “bugging” you? Carol DiSalvo, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator at the National Park Service and Barbara Cumberland, Conservator, at National Park Service’s Harpers Ferry Center gave answers to your questions!