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Collections Care

Information and simple steps for the good care, handling, and storage of collections (paper, books, photographs, audio-visual, etc.)

Paper and Photographs

Preventing deterioration of paper materials is essential for most collections care. Some institutions and leaflets are available below, for education on this subject of preservation. 

Paper and Photographs Resources

American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) - Tips for caring for your collections; listing of professional conservators by region and expertise

Conservation Online (CoOL) - Resources for those working with conservation of cultural property

Conserve O Grams - Short, focused leaflets about caring for museum artifacts; for beginners to experts

Harvard Conservation Guidelines - Methods for transferring library materials to another location

Heritage Emergency National Task Force - Tips for handling water-damaged valuables and cleaning family treasures

Image Permanence Institute - Information on the preservation of photographs and digital output

North East Document Conservation Center - Resource for materials conservation. Topics include Paper, book, photo, art conservation, etc. 

Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists - Local association for archivists of Colorado and Wyoming. Website includes continuing education, conservation guides, newsletters, and conference information. 

Photographs: Archival Care and Management (Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Diane Vogt-O'Connor with Helena Zinkham, Brett Carnell, and Kit Peterson 2006) - Primer for preservation, cataloging, and accessioning of photographs

Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints (James M. Reilly 1986) - Guide for conservation and identification of 19th-Century photographs 

Paper and Photographs Preservation

Ritzenthaler, M.L. (2017) Preserving Newspaper clippings [Image]. Retrieved from