Resources and Reading


Here are some links to help you learn more about conservation.

The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) is the leading membership association for current and aspiring conservators and allied professionals who preserve cultural heritage, representing more than 3,500 individuals in over forty countries around the world.

Guidelines for caring for your heirlooms and treasures.

Blog Posts and Press Releases

Identifying Plastics

I attended a session on Plastics today during the virtual AIC Annual Meeting, the professional association for conservators and preservation specialists. Netherland conservators Carien van Aubel and Olivia van Rooijen introduced the Plastic Identification Tool, an absolutely fantastic resource to aid inventory and condition assessment of collections. Libraries, archives, museums and private collections may have… Continue reading Identifying Plastics

Press Release: Covid-19 Resource Hub

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a public-private partnership between FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, has published a COVID-19 Resource Hub, a web portal to an array of resources that can help the cultural heritage and creative communities respond to and recover from the pandemic. Resources have been grouped under the following categories: Federal… Continue reading Press Release: Covid-19 Resource Hub

MAM CARES Workshop, March 23, 2018

I am so pleased to participate in this innovated IMLS-funded project created by the Missoula Art Museum. If you are part of a cultural organization in Montana, please consider signing up for my workshop and the conversation.  Here for more information.   From the MAM website: MAM CARES: CATALYZING ACCESS, RESEARCH, AND EDUCATION SOLUTIONS Launched… Continue reading MAM CARES Workshop, March 23, 2018

Emergency CAP Assessments are now available for institutions in federally declared disaster areas

As a CAP Collections Assessor, I am available to assist you. Please read the information below and apply for the program as directed.  This is a terrific resource that will help you assess the damage and develop a plan for moving forward. Press Release: The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic… Continue reading Emergency CAP Assessments are now available for institutions in federally declared disaster areas

Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

I’m pleased to announce that I am a Conservation Collections Assessor for the CAP Program. The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program “provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment. The assessment is a study of all of the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies… Continue reading Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program


This post has very little to do with paper conservation, or art, but it does have to do with connection. I was recently musing with friends about what drives blog visits and the answers ranged from google analytics results to friendship and collegial networks to the attractive power of bacon and to the six degrees… Continue reading Bacon


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