Preservation of Library & Archival Materials: A Manual

edited by Sherelyn Ogden (Northeast Document Conservation Center)
This collection of 50 technical bulletins provides practical information to help museum staff and volunteers plan and implement sound collections care programs. Sections include planning and prioritizing, the environment, emergency management, storage and handling, reformatting and conservation procedures. Professional illustrations make the "how-to" leaflets easy to understand and use. The complete set of bulletins is available free of charge if you want to download each bulletin separately (total of 412 pages).

The Northeast Document Conservation Center offers an online course called "Preservation 101: An Internet Course on Paper Preservation." This self-directed free course is a good way to provide museum staff and volunteers with a basic understanding of collections preservation. They also offer FAQs section and helpline.

Heritage Preservation offers many valuable preservation resources.  Heritage Preservation is a mission-driven, independent, public policy organization dedicated to preserving the cultural, historic, and scientific heritage of the United States.  By identifying risks, developing innovative programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists the museums, libraries, archives, organizations, and individuals that care for our endangered heritage.

Connecting to Collections has a good source of easily accessed Online Resources Guide.  It is a companion to the Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of books, DVDs, online resources, and an annotated bibliography that was distributed including to OMA. The Online Resources Guide contains links to the most trusted collections care resources on the Web. Use it to find answers to common conservation and collections management questions. While the Guide is not intended to be an exhaustive compilation of all web resources, it is very thorough. 

Conserv O Grams are short, focused leaflets about caring for museum objects, published in loose-leaf format.New topics are added as needed and out-of-date issues are revised or deleted. Semiannual supplements will be issued for an indeterminate period.

The Getty Conservation Institute is a philanthropic organization devoted to the visual arts and humanities. Conservation, The Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter, is distributed free of charge three times per year to professionals in conservation and related fields and to members of the public concerned about conservation.

It is critical that new museums and historical societies purchase proper archival materials for exhibition and storage of artifacts, documents and photographs. The use of poor quality materials including ordinary paper products, cardboard, most glues and adhesive tapes and unfinished wood will cause permanent weakening and stains and actually accelerate deterioration.

Although there are several archival supply companies, OMA members receive a discount from Gaylord Archival. Gaylord Archival offers a large variety of archival supplies. Persons wanting to preserve family heirlooms will also want to visit this site.

Many other businesses offer archival supplies. A partial list can be viewed at the AAM Marketplace.