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Preservation and Conservation Information

The Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network is the world's largest on-line resource for preservation and conservation information.

UNESCO ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) database of conservation articles and information.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
AIC is the professional organization of conservators in the United States.  Their site provides extensive information about the conservation profession.

Heritage Preservation
The mission of Heritage Preservation is to promote proper care of collections, including architecture.  They provide helpful information, as well as administer grant programs for preservation planning of museums and not-for-profit institutions.

Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education
Formerly the Conservation Analytical Laboratory, SCMRE's web site provides information about the care of collections, as well as about educational opportunities that they offer, including the reading lists for their suspended Furniture Conservation Training Program.

Grants for Preservation and Conservation

Institute of Museum and Library Services
IMLS (federal) provides grants to museums and not-for-profits that allow preservation and conservation of collections.  Their Conservation Project Support Grant (CP Grant) may be the most important avenue for conservation funding available in the United States today.  They provide the funding for the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP - administered by Heritage Preservation) and the Museum Assessment Program (MAP - administered by the American Association of Museums).

National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH (federal) provides extensive funding of cultural activities.  Of particular interest are the Preservation Assistance Grants (PAG), which are non-match grants of up to $5,000, Grants to Preserve and Create Access to Humanities Collections, a matching grant with awards up to $1,000,000, and Stabilization of Humanities Collections Grants, a matching grant with awards up to $700,000.

National Endowment for the Arts
NEA expends most of its resources on fostering craft and artistic traditions, and the modern production of such works.  However, they do offer limited funding of historic objects/art deemed highly significant through their Heritage and Preservation grant.

Getty Trust
The Getty offers two grant programs of interest, Museum Conservation Grants, and Architectural Conservation Grants.  Applicants submit a letter of interest with relevant details to determine if the project is eligible, and are then invited to submit a full application.

Save America’s Treasures
This program is designed for preservation of nationally significant collections and buildings.  However, it is not only relevant for blockbuster objects, but also for collections of less significant individual objects that in the composite represent a nationally significant resource.  If, for example, you have the most complete group of historic furniture made in your region, you can argue national significance for your collection.  You have the best research resource for these objects in the country.  These grants are up to $1,000,000, so the effort to apply can be richly rewarded.

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