WACC seeks to be a clearinghouse of information of value to our clients and the public. The resources included here are based on our best information and periodically updated; nevertheless, these listings are not comprehensive and should not be construed as an endorsement of any individual, firm, or product.
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) http://www.conservation-us.org/
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (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.
Canadian Conservation Institute http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/
The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) is a Special Operating Agency within the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Institute was created in 1972 to promote the proper care and preservation of Canada's moveable cultural heritage and to advance the practice, science, and technology of conservation.
Getty Conservation Institute http://www.getty.edu/conservation/
The Getty Conservation Institute 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 http://www.heritagepreservation.org
Formerly the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property, HP is a nationwide advocate for preservation of public and private collections.
ICON: The Institute of Conservation http://www.icon.org.uk
Leading organization for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK.
National Trust for Historic Preservation http://www.preservationnation.org/
Membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing communities.
Western Association for Art Conservation http://cool.conservation-us.org/waac/
WAAC is a nonprofit membership organization for professional conservators, founded in 1975 to bring together conservators in the western United States to exchange 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.
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ADVICE, TECHNIQUES, REFERENCE
AMIEN (Art Materials Information and Education Network) http://www.amien.org/
Provides, without regard to aesthetics, comprehensive, up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased factual information about artists’ materials. The information is based on the most current scientific knowledge from peer-reviewed sources regarding quality, durability, and health hazards, and on original research conducted at AMIEN.
British Library http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/stratpolprog/ccare/collectioncarevideos/
A series of nine short videos (approx. 2 minutes each) produced by the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, demonstrating basic techniques for handling various works on paper, from rare books and prints to old letters and scrolls.
CAMEO: Conservation and Art Material Encyclopedia Online http://cameo.mfa.org
A searchable information center developed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The Materials database contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials.
Conservation OnLine http://cool.conservation-us.org/
CoOL, a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, is a full-text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials.
Conserve O Grams http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/publications/conserveogram/conserv.html
Short leaflets about caring for museum objects, published in loose-leaf format by the National Park Service.
Gateway for Resources and Information Preservation http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/grip
A project of the European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa, GRIP is a fully searchable database of information on preservation of the documentary heritage. It contains selected and annotated references to literature on preservation-related topics, links to websites, projects, organizations and discussion groups.
Image Permanence Institute http://www.imagepermanenceinstitute.org
A nonprofit, university-based laboratory devoted to preservation research. IPI is a recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property. Headquartered in Rochester, the institution’s emphasis is on the photographic image, traditional and digital. Website contains host of principles, guidelines and tools necessary to care for collections of photography or other graphics.
Preservation Directory http://www.preservationdirectory.com
Online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States and Canada, for preservation of historic buildings, historic downtowns and neighborhoods, and cultural resources.
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Art Conservator http://www.williamstownart.org/news/artconserv09spr.html
Online version of twice-yearly, full-color magazine of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center
Archives Products Newsletter http://www.archival.com/newsletters/index.shtml
Published specifically for libraries, it contains useful articles on conservation and preservation of books, documents and paper. libraries,
Bulletin of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
GCI Bulletin http://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications/bulletin/current.html
Monthly on-line newsletter of the Getty Conservation Institute
Photography Archiving http://www.foto.unibas.ch/~rundbrief/sh1-engl.htm
Website of Rundbriefe Fotographie (Photography Pamphlets), a German-language site developed in association with the Germany Society of Photographers and the Museum Federation of Saxony. Contains ordering information for “Fundamentals of Photograph Archiving,” the English translation of the expanded and updated fourth edition of a highly-detailed, 91-page report on all aspects of storing and preserving photographs, from glass plates to digital prints.
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Art Conservation Research Center http://www.cmu.edu/acrc/index.htm An applied research organization at Carnegie Mellon University dedicated to helping museums, libraries and archives improve the ways of caring for their collections. For more than 50 years, the Center has been a world leader in discovering the origins of aging problems that threaten cultural property, and in developing practical and effective strategies to inhibit or avoid deterioration.
Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild http://www.cbbag.ca
Supports the development of the book arts, including bookbinding, artists' books, papermaking, calligraphy, letterpress printing & typography, wood engraving, paper decorating, restoration, and conservation.
Guild of Book Workers http://www.guildofbookworkers.org
The only national organization (U.S.) for all the arts of the book, including bookbinding, conservation, printing, papermaking, calligraphy, marbling and artist’s books.
Established by Cornell University, this is a collaborative site designed to provide preservationists with a comprehensive database of regularly updated internet resources and current professional opportunities.
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Art appraisal is an altogether separate professional activity from conservation. WACC conservators are not in a position to offer this service; we suggest that you contact an expert in a field related to your object. Often, the curatorial department of your local art museum or historical society can refer you to an appropriate specialist. The following organizations also offer advice and referrals:
Works on Paper
Furniture and Wood Objects