The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Preserving Your Family History

As you browse these sites and address whatever preservation concerns you have for your family heirlooms, remember that “When in doubt, don’t” is the first rule in preservation.  Always seek advice from professionals before taking any action that may be irreversible.

Minnesota Historical Society 
Conservators have provided a number of instructional materials and through their Tech Talk newsletter a bimonthly column offers technical assistance on management, preservation, and conservation concerns that affect historical societies and museums of all sizes and interests. 

Framing textiles for display and preservation (PDF)

Is Your Textile Suitable For Framing?  (PDF)

Creating your own time capsule. (PDF)

Caring for sports memorabilia. (PDF)

Conserving firearms, Part 1.  (PDF)

Conserving firearms, Part 2.  (PDF)

Preserving Your Photographs (PDF)

Preserving Newspapers: When and How To (PDF)


Care of Objects and Collections
From the Canadian Conservation Institute, this site provides assistance in caring for and preserving heirlooms and works of arts, such as watches, teddy bears, rugs, ivory, sculptures, wooden masks, kitchen and household utensils, and musical instruments.

Caring For Your Treasures
Proper care and maintenance of your family heirlooms and works of art will ensure that they are available for future generations to enjoy. To help you better care for your personal heritage, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works has developed these guides for caring for your treasures.   

Conserve O Grams
From the National Park Service: They 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 New topics are added as needed and out-of-date issues are revised or deleted.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.

How to Preserve Family Papers and Photographs
US National Archives and Records Administration - These simple tips will help you preserve your family papers and photographs for the next generation. Preventing damage is the key to preserving your items. 

Paper Restoration 
From Scrapbook.com - Learn more about how to prevent damage to documents, books, and cherished heirlooms, as well as what to do if damage occurs.

Protect Photos, Documents and Other Papers From Natural Destruction Over Time 
From Scrapbook.com - Learn how to prevent destruction and preserve personal and historical items for future generations. 

Resources for Private & Family Collections
One of the leading conservation centers in the United States, the Northeast Document Conservation Center provides preservation information to museums, libraries, and archives. The Center established this site to help families preserve their documents and memorabilia.  Preservation leaflets are available on line. 

Smithsonian – Museum Conservation Institute
Providing information on how to take care of family heirlooms has become one of the Smithsonian outreach programs. Provides information on the preservation of a broad range of objects: Furniture & Wooden Objects – Paintings  – Paper Based Materials  – Textiles – Bugs, Insects & Pests.

Wedding Gown Cleaning and Preservation
Basic tips to protect and preserve wedding gowns.


Find a Conservator
This interactive tool from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) allows you to enter your zip code to get recommendations in your area. Find a Conservator is a listing of only those individual AIC members who have had their training, knowledge, and experience reviewed by a body of professional conservators who are recognized in the field for their commitment to establishing and upholding professional standards.

 

Archival Products Suppliers:

Hollinger Metal Edge:  1-800-862-2228

Gaylord: 1-800-448-6160

Light Impressions:  1-800-975-6429

University Products: 1-800-628-1912


DISCLAIMER
These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Fresno Historical Society of any of the products, services or opinions of the organization or individual on the external site or for that of subsequent links.  Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

From the National Park Service: They 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. 

Last Updated Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 11:31 AM.