Controlled Ventilation and Heating to Preserve Collections in Historic Buildings in Hot and Humid Regions Source: The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) The results of a study ventilator-heater based climate control systems in historic buildings in hot and humid regions.
Risks to Collections Archives: Dust & Pollutants
Low Cost/No Cost Improvements in Climate Control Source: Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Suggestions from a project by William Lull, a principal at Garrison/Lull in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, to help the New York State Division of Library Development create guidelines for improving environments in libraries, archives and similar institutions. Some of the tips may […]
Temperature, Relative Humidity, Light, and Air Quality: Basic Guidelines for Preservation Source: Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Control of temperature and relative humidity is critical in the preservation of library and archival collections because unacceptable levels of these contribute significantly to the breakdown of materials.
Conserve-O-Gram 7/5 Dusting Wooden Objects Source: National Park Service (NPS) The process of removing dust from artifacts has the potential to damage sensitive surfaces no matter which techniques or materials are used.
Conserve-O-Gram 8/5: Monitoring Acidic Off-Gassing Of Plastics Source: National Park Service (NPS) Deteriorating plastics can emit acidic vapors that can contaminate and degrade other materials. It is important to determine if a plastic is off-gassing so that appropriate measures can be taken to protect the collection
Care for Textiles Source: The Textile Museum Conservation Department (Textile Museums, Washington, DC) Today, The Textile Museum staff offer counsel for professionals around the world seeking the latest best-practices in textile care and display. The role of the Conservation Department has evolved to encompass not only the treatment of individual textiles, but also provisions for the long-term […]
Conserve-O-Gram 4/15 Storage Techniques for Hanging Garments: Dust Covers Source: National Park Service (NPS) Dust covers are used to: protect garments from dust and light protect textiles from the oils and acids in your hands prevent the transfer of fugitive dyes from one object to another prevent metallic embroidery from catching on and tearing other […]
Caring for Textiles Source: American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Textiles can be simple in structure and composition or can be part of complex composite objects that incorporate other materials like paper, leather, glass, metals, paint, stone, horn, bone, shell and feathers.Most textiles, at some time in their history, have served as functional objects. This history […]
Caring for Your Documents and Works of Art on Paper Source: American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Documents, manuscripts, and works of art on paper such as prints, drawings, and watercolors are inherently fragile but can be easily and effectively protected from damage.
Holdings Maintenance Source: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Holdings maintenance is the term used by the National Archives to describe a range of basic preservation procedures designed to prolong the life of archival records by providing a stable storage environment. The guidelines provide information on storage containers, techniques for marking enclosures, methods for storing […]