Resource Types Archives: Guides

Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes

Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes Source: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Description: The Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes is a comprehensive and accessible resource for identifying the most commonly found ivories and artificial substitutes in trade. This is a vital tool to assist law […]

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Risk Evaluation and Planning Program

Risk Evaluation and Planning Program The Risk Evaluation and Planning Program (REPP) was originally developed by Heritage Preservation with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant. It is now part of the resources for emergency preparedness and response available through FAIC. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate whether […]

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Caring for collections

Caring for collections Source: State Library of Queensland (Australia) This is a series of short videos designed to provide support to those caring for family collections – “With the assistance of these short videos, be a custodian of our history and learn how to preserve your collection for future generations to enjoy.” The following topics […]

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Controlling Insect Pests with Low Temperature – Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes 3/3

Controlling Insect Pests with Low Temperature Source: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes 3/3 Low temperature control is currently used along with other pest management techniques to kill insects within collections. Many insects adapt in order to survive cold temperatures, yet low temperatures have been used to successfully control insect populations in the fur and food […]

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Products Used in Preventive Conservation – Technical Bulletin 32

Products Used in Preventive Conservation – Technical Bulletin 32 Source: CCI Technical Bulletin 32, Jean Tétreault This Technical Bulletin provides a critical review of products typically used for the display, storage and transportation of objects by explaining how certain products can affect objects and their preservation, and it proposes guidelines for minimizing damaging effects. Products […]

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How to Make and Use Precipitated Calcium Carbonate Silver Polish

How to Make and Use Precipitated Calcium Carbonate Silver Polish Source: This video was created by the Canadian Conservation Institute and is included in CCI Note 9/11 How to Make and Use a Precipitated Calcium Carbonate Silver Polish. This video and the cited Note discuss how to prepare and use silver polish made with precipitated […]

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Silver – Care and Tarnish Removal

Silver – Care and Tarnish Removal Source: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes 9/7 A thin layer of dark tarnish can quickly destroy the surface lustre of silver. This layer consists mainly of black silver sulphide, and is caused by sulphur containing compounds such as hydrogen sulphide in the air. Tarnish can be removed from silver […]

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Preparing Silica Gel for Contained Storage of Metal Objects

Preparing Silica Gel for Contained Storage of Metal Objects Source: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes 9/14 Many metal objects in museum collections will have already corroded due to exposure to moisture before becoming a part of the collection. The extent to which this happens will vary depending on several factors that include the type of […]

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Storage of Metals

Storage of Metals Source: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes 9/2 Most metals corrode: iron rusts, copper turns green, silver turns black, and lead disintegrates into a white powder. Stored improperly, most of the metals in a museum collection will slowly transform into oxides, sulphides, carbonates, or other compounds. The corrosion processes are faster on metal […]

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The Seismic Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings

The Seismic Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings Source: National Park Service, Preservation Brief #41 Earthquakes result from sudden movements of the geological plates that form the earth’s crust, generally along cracks or fractures known as “faults.” When buildings are not designed and constructed to withstand these unpredictable and often violent ground motions, major structural damage, or […]

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