Library & Documentary Collections (books, photos, film, postcards, documents, digital)


American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) 

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
CCI Notes addressing Paper and Books (PDFs are available):

CCI Notes on Care of Photographic Materials (PDFs are available):

CCI Notes on Electronic Media

Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
Preserving Digital History

Chicago Albumen Works

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
Specializes in paper: art, artifacts, books, documents, maps, photographs, wallpaper, etc.
Preservation Resources many downloadable PDFs

Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI)

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

Harvard Library Preservation Program
The Harvard College Library Conservation Services and the Harvard University Weissman Preservation Center have developed a multitude of preservation resources pertaining to the many kinds of materials curated by libraries.  You can drill through them at the following links:

The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
The Care and Preservation of Documents and Works of Art on Paper
a Preservation Fact Sheet by Mary M. Fahey, Head of Preservation/Chief Conservator at The Henry Ford

Independent Medias Arts Preservation (IMAP)

  • Preservation 101
  • Cataloguing Project seeks to create a compatible information system, includes a template for cataloging
  • Education and Training PDFs of handouts for IMAP's Introduction to Media Preservation Workshop; where to find assistance for collections impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Indiana University Libraries
E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory resources:

  • Standards and Guidelines
  • Specifications 
  • Library Preservation Manual  So that you do not miss seeing the full title of this online manual, here is the cover page text: "Indiana University E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory Repair and Enclosure Treatments Manual featuring over One Thousand Illustrated Procedural Steps" by Garry Harrison and Jacob Nadal!

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Library of Congress
Collections Care and Preservation Guidelines from the Preservation Directorate at the LOC:

Digital and Preservation Services: Resources and Publications

Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota Libraries
Minitex: Preservation Resources

National Park Service (NPS)
Guidelines for Exhibition Light Levels for Photographic Materials

NPS Conserve O Grams:
Paper Objects:


Archival and Manuscript Collections and Rare Books:

Creation, Care, and Storage of Digital Materials:

NPS Museum Handbook, Part I - Museum Collections:

Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), Nebraska's PBS and NPR Stations
Saving Your Treasures: Paper

New York Public Library, Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division
videos of work in conservation lab

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

NEDCC also offers fee-based webinars and workshops.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Image Permanence Institute (IPI)
  all about preservation of images

Smithsonian Institution, Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)
Click to see MCI resources for "Paper-Based Materials"
Also, check out MCI's links listed under "Publications" for additional help resources:

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Three videos showing the conservation and exhibit preparation of a Broadside:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library
Preservation FAQs experts from the Preservation Unit and thte Conservation Lab answer questions about books, newspapers and other paper documents, photographs, artworks

University of Iowa Libraries, Preservation Department
Resources page

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Washington State Library 
Conservation Kitchen - Video Presentations & Handouts

WebJunction Illinois
Managing Library Collections documents and webinars, information on digitizing, photographic preservation