Collection Materials Archives: Natural History Specimens

Conservation of Archaeological Shell Objects

Conservation of Archaeological Shell Objects Source: Minnesota Historical Society, Conservation Note #22 (September 1997) The goal of this note is not to promulgate a panacea for all problems concerning shell specimens and artifacts. It is difficult to describe every possible object, condition, orproblem that might be encountered in the field and lab, but it ishoped […]

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Care and Handling of Ivory Objects

Care and Handling of Ivory Objects Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Ivory – as distinguished from bone, antler or horn – includes the tusks and the unusually large or projecting teeth of animals such as elephant, walrus and several species of whale. It consists of dentine, made up of components which are both organic (to […]

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Care of Shell

Care of Shell Source: Minnesota Historical Society Shells are the calcium-containing outer protective covering of invertebrate animals known as mollusks. The most commonly used shells are those of snails, clams, oysters, and mussels. Generally, these have been used for decorative purposes more than as structural parts or tools. Although shells from these different kinds of […]

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Care of Skin and Skin Products (Leather)

Care of Skin and Skin Products (Leather) Source: Minnesota Historical Society Of all the items made from natural materials, those derived from animal skins are some of the most versatile and durable found in collections. Processing animal skins and skin products into clothing, cooking vessels, storage containers, and many other items is considered one of […]

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Conserve-O-Gram 11/7 Vertebrate Skeletons: Preparation and Storage

Conserve-O-Gram 11/7 Vertebrate Skeletons: Preparation and Storage Source: National Park Service (NPS) Vertebrate skeletons or parts of skeletons are often included in museum collections.Because they do not decompose as rapidly as other body parts bones are often the only tangible documentation of a species.   Note: This guide is not concerned with IVORY.

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Conserve-O-Gram 11/8 Curation of Insect Specimens

Conserve-O-Gram 11/8 Curation of Insect Specimens Source: National Park Service (NPS) Insect specimens are prepared and preserved in a variety of formats depending on a number of factors such as life stage, collecting method, species group, and/or research objective.

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