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Debra Hess Norris instructs participants in a four-day workshop on photograph preservation sponsored by the Iziko Museums of South Africa and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A compiled list of online art conservation resources is available here.

This list includes the following topics:

  • Conservation organizations
  • Art conservation training and graduate programs
  • Literature and research resources
  • Journals and newsletters
  • Conservation projects and case studies
  • Time-based media
  • Health and safety resources
  • Funding
  • Standards organizations

A sample section from the full list is provided below. Be sure to check out the full list! Thanks go to Sharra Grow (WUDPAC Class of 2010) and Erin Anderson (WUDPAC Class of 2012). The UD Morris Library also maintains art conservation resource pages that are updated regularly with databases and images, as well as writing style guides, new books, and more.

A sample section from the full list is provided below. Be sure to check out the full list! Thanks go to Sharra Grow (WUDPAC Class of 2010) and Erin Anderson (WUDPAC Class of 2012). The UD Morris Library also maintains art conservation resource pages that are updated regularly with databases and images, as well as writing style guides, new books, and more.

Conservation Organizations

American Association of Museums (AAM) - AAM is the national membership organization of museum professionals. Individual members span the range of museum occupations, including directors, curators, registrars, educators, exhibit designers, public relations officers, development officers, security managers, trustees and volunteers. Every type of museum is represented including art, history, science, military and maritime, and youth museums, as well as aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, historic sites, and science and technology centers.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) - AIC is the national membership organization of conservation professionals. Its members include conservators, educators, scientists, students, archivists, art historians, and other conservation enthusiasts in over twenty countries around the world.

AIC Wiki - A collaborative knowledge database drawn from a number of resources created by the various AIC Specialty Groups and Committees. Several of the Specialty Groups had "AIC Conservation Catalogs," compendia of working knowledge on materials and techniques used to preserve and treat works of art and historic artifacts. The series, begun in 1985 in print format and still in active development, was intended to be updated on an ongoing basis as techniques, technologies, and modes of practice evolve. Placing this content on the wiki platform allows for collaborative editing and broader access, ensuring that innovative methods and materials are documented and widely disseminated to practicing conservators and conservation scientists. Other groups have documented their knowledge bases directly on this wiki platform. Each section of the wiki may have a different organizational structure and while there is an overall template for many entries, these have been modified to meet the needs of each group.

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) - CCI supports the heritage community in preserving Canada's heritage collections. The site provides free PDFs on the care of many cultural items. They also offer a 3D tour that takes you through a virtual home and lets you select certain objects and family heirlooms to learn how to care for them. Another online resource, CCI Notes deal with topics of interest to those who care for cultural objects. Intended for a broad audience, the Notes offer practical advice about issues and questions related to the care, handling, and storage of cultural objects.

English Heritage - Officially known as the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, this is the UK's official advisory body for historic environments, providing advice to government, local authorities and the public, and overseeing the operation of over 400 historic properties. 

Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) - GCI works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field.

Heritage Preservation - Heritage Preservation helps museums, libraries, and individuals with the best preservation advice from professional conservators through our series of Caring books. The Conservation Assessment Program helps small and mid-sized museums get the advice of professional conservators for their collections and historic buildings. The Heritage Health Index survey is the first attempt to paint a national picture of the state of collections in all kinds of institutions—museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, and scientific organizations. Save Outdoor Sculpture! and Rescue Public Murals help communities discover and protect their local cultural icons.

Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA) - ICA is the oldest not-for-profit regional conservation center in the United States, dedicated to the preservation of works of art and objects of cultural significance.  The ICA provides professional, high quality, and cost-effective services to collecting institutions, corporations, government agencies, and the general public.

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) - ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization (IGO) dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage. It exists to serve the international community as represented by its Member States, which currently number 129.

International Council of Museums-Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) - ICOM-CC is the largest of the International Committees of ICOM (International Council of Museums) with over 1800 members worldwide from every branch of the museum and conservation profession.  ICOM-CC aims to promote the investigation, analysis and conservation of culturally and historically significant works and to further the goals of the conservation profession.

The Institute for Conservation (ICON) - Icon's membership embraces the wider conservation community, incorporating not only professional conservators in all disciplines, but all others who share a commitment to improving understanding of and access to our cultural heritage.

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) - IIC is an independent international organisation supported by individual and institutional members. It serves as a forum for communication among professionals with responsibility for the preservation of cultural heritage. It advances knowledge, practice and standards for the conservation of historic and artistic works through its publications and conferences. It promotes professional excellence and public awareness through its awards and scholarships.

International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA) -INCCA is a network of professionals connected to the conservation of modern and contemporary art. Conservators, curators, scientists, registrars, archivists, art historians and researchers are among its members. Members allow access to each others unpublished information (artist interviews, condition reports, installation instructions etc) through the INCCA Database for Artists' Archives. The network's North American branch, INCCA-NA, launched its own website in 2012.

Lunder Conservation Center - Located at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Lunder Conservation Center provides visitors with the unique opportunity to see conservators at work in five different laboratories and studios. The Center features floor-to-ceiling glass walls that allow the public to view all aspects of conservation work— work that is traditionally done behind the scenes at other museums and conservation centers. Interactive kiosks and special displays make it easy for visitors to learn about the importance of conservation and show how to take an active role in caring for public art and monuments, as well as how to care for personal treasures at home.  Their site offers videos from their media wall and interactive kiosks, and provides information on public programs and outreach activities at the center.

National Archives Preservation - Preservation Programs at the National Archives consist of two major organizational units committed to the physical well being of Federal records in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration: the Document Conservation Laboratory and the Special Media Preservation Laboratory.

New England Conservation Association (NECA) - The New England Conservation Association is a collegial group of individuals from the New England region who are interested in all aspects of art conservation. NECA hosts an annual series of interesting and topical meetings where members can keep up-to-date on the latest developments in conservation, enjoy refreshments with friends and colleagues, and see behind the scenes in area labs and studios. Annual workshops are organized to provide hands-on opportunities for specialized interests with a rotating subject matter.

New York Regional Association for Conservation (NYRAC) - NYRAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and sharing of current research on the preservation of visual art and artifacts. To this end, NYRAC organizes lectures and workshops for the conservation community in the New York metropolitan area as well as throughout the United States. Epiconservation is NYRAC's online forum for emerging conservation professionals.

Regional Alliance for Preservation (RAP) - RAP is a national network of nonprofit organizations with expertise in the field of conservation and preservation. Through coordinated outreach activities, educational programs, and publications, RAP organizations foster awareness about preserving our cultural heritage. RAP members present training programs, provide conservation and preservation services, create publications to assist institutions in caring for their collections, and provide free technical advice to collecting institutions across the country. 

Society of American Archivists (SAA) - SAA is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association, serving the educational and informational needs of its individual and institutional members and providing leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of library, archival, time-based media records of historical value.

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) - SPNHC is an international society whose mission is to improve the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections to ensure their continuing value to society. This natural history professional organization promotes a multidisciplinary approach to collections management and care. 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre was instituted to protect, safeguard and manage the world's tangible and intangible heritage. UNESCO currently lists 962 World Heritage Sites as places of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity.

Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC) - WAAC is a membership organization for professional conservators practicing in the western United States as a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and news. Although WAAC is specifically a regional organization for the western states including Alaska and Hawaii, any individual or institution may become a member regardless of location or national boundary.

Washington Conservation Guild (WCG) - The Washington Conservation Guild (WCG) is a nonprofit organization for professional conservators, students, and others interested in the conservation and preservation of art and historic materials. WCG was founded in 1967 to promote the increase and exchange of conservation knowledge.

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