Preservation Week

In 2010, a number of organizations supporting libraries and archives sponsored the first Preservation Week; a week-long effort to bring attention to the many millions of cultural artifacts held in museums across the US that are in need of preservation or conservation care. This year, Preservation Week is being held April 22-28, and institutions throughout the country are highlighting their many efforts to take good care of their collections.

It is also a great time to be reminded about the proper care and preservation of personal collections, as I’m sure that I’m not the only one that has lost digital photos because I forgot to back them up, or found a box of decaying old photographs left forgotten in a relative’s attic or garage.

In honor of Preservation Week, here is a sampling of resources available to help guide you in the proper care of your personal family photos and treasures:

Caring for Your Treasures, American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works

Family Treasures, Library of Congress

Care of Photographs, Northeast Document Conservation Center

Taking Care, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

And if you find that the box of decaying old photographs contains memories you want to preserve, you might want to enlist the services of a professional:

Balboa Art Conservation Center

American Institute for Conservation