Unfortunately, the museum’s Collections staff is unable to provide appraisal, authentication, or conservation services for non-museum items. But they’ve assembled recommendations and resources to help you do-it-yourself or to find the right expert.
How to Protect Your Treasures
Learn simple techniques and methods for protecting different types of collections at Gaylord Archival.
For information about preventive conservation or if damage has already occurred and a professional conservator is needed, visit the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) web site for help locating the right specialist. Sometimes only professional conservators with in-depth scientific or artistic training and extensive experience can repair a damaged artifact or artwork.
The highly regarded Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) also offers online resources on specific conservation topics.
More Preservation Resources
- Conservation and Care of Collections, edited by David Gilroy and Ian Godfrey, Western Australia Museum Association
- The Winterthur Guide to Caring for Your Collections, edited by Onie Rollins, University Press of New England
- Caring for American Indian Objects: A Practical and Cultural Guide, edited by Sherelyn Ogden, Minnesota Historical Society Press