Best practices in the fields of conservation are constantly changing. To help stay in the loop, we've collected a variety of helpful resources below. Click on the links immediately below this paragraph to jump to a particular subject area. Have a resource you think could be helpful? Contact us.
- American Society of Appraisers -- The ASA is an international organization of appraisal professionals and others interested in the appraisal profession. The ASA helps the public and professionals find an ASA accredited appraiser , is the only professional valuation organization that accredits members in every appraisal discipline, works to grow the appraisal profession, and fosters professional excellence in its membership through education, accreditation, publication and other services with an emphasis on professional ethics to protect the public.
North Carolina Organizations
- American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works -- 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. The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.
- Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts --CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works of art and artifacts on paper, such as drawings, prints, maps, posters, historic wallpaper, photographs, rare books, scrapbooks and manuscripts, as well as related materials such as parchment and papyrus. CCAHA also offers on site consultation services, educational programs and seminars, internships, and emergency conservation services.
- Etherington Conservation Center -- Etherington Conservation Services (ECS) has been serving libraries, museums, local, state and federal agencies, and private collectors for over twenty years. We are pleased to offer our conservation and preservation services to the caretakers of book, paper and photographic collections nationwide. Our digitization department provides clients with the option to scan and capture information for online access and reference. The newly established Grant Assistance Program can provide technical writing support for grant applications allowing institutions with limited personnel resources to meet their funding objectives.
- Northeast Document Conservation Center -- NEDCC's mission is to improve the conservation efforts of libraries, archives, historical organizations, museums, and other repositories; to provide the highest quality services to institutions without in-house conservation facilities or those that seek specialized expertise; and to provide leadership in the preservation and conservation fields.
- National Park Service Conserv O Grams -- Short, focused leaflets about caring for museum objects, published in loose-leaf formats. New topics are added as needed and out-of-date issues are revised or deleted.
- Conservation Online Resources -- CoOL, an online resource operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation 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. It is a growing online resource for conservators, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals.”
- Getty Conservation Institute -- 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.
Museums - General
- Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies -- The Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies is a statewide coalition of societies, associations, and commissions that are dedicated to preserving and promoting history in North Carolina. The Federation is a nonprofit organization, administered through the NC Office of Archives and History, whose mission is to promote local history, to foster cooperation among local and regional historical organizations, and to support history education.
- North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC) -- The purpose of NCMC is to enhance public education by improving the administrative, interpretive, and collections practices of museums, historic sites, science centers, and related facilities in North Carolina. NCMC also strives to stimulate public support for the work these facilities undertake, to provide a forum where council members can exchange ideas, and to foster cooperation and improved communication between member organizations and the communities they serve.
- North Carolina Preservation Consortium -- The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) is dedicated to the preservation of collections in our State's libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other heritage institutions. Our preservation mission addresses the proper care and handling of materials; storage and environmental control; disaster preparedness and recovery; the repair, reformatting, and conservation of damaged items; and collection security. NCPC supports the preservation of information content and the medium as artifact, in new and traditional formats for present and future generations.
- Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA) -- SNCA is a nonprofit organization which promotes cooperation and the exchange of information among individuals and institutions interested in the preservation and use of the archival and manuscript resources of North Carolina; shares information on archival methodology and the availability of research materials; provides a forum for discussion of matters of common concern as they pertain to the archival profession in North Carolina; and cooperates with organizations and professionals in related disciplines.
- American Alliance of Museums -- AAM’s mission is to enhance the value of museums to their communities through leadership, advocacy, and service.
- American Association for State and Local History -- AASLH provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.
- Association for Living History Farms and Museums -- ALHFAM enables its members to make history a valuable part of the lives of museum visitors. It achieves this purpose through the exchange and sharing of ideas, information, tools and experiences centered around accurate, active, participatory, object-based historical interpretation.
- Heritage Preservation -- Heritage Preservation's mission is to preserve the nation's heritage for future generations through innovative leadership, education, and programs. Heritage Preservation is working to save the objects that embody our history, partnering with conservators, museums, civic groups, and concerned individuals across the nation who care about preserving our past.
- Museum Discussion List -- Online museum discussion forum. Connect with other cultural heritage colleagues throughout the country.
- National Association for Museum Exhibition -- Our mission is to enhance the cultural landscape by advancing the value and relevance of exhibitions through dialogue among individuals, museum leaders and the public.
- National Council for Public History -- NCPH advances the field of public history, promoting professionalism among history practitioners and encouraging their engagement with the public. We are membership association of consultants, museum professionals, government historians, professors & students, archivists, teachers, cultural resource managers, curators, film & media producers, historical interpreters, policy advisors, and many others."
- Registrars Committee (RC-AAM) -- The Registrars Committee offers listservs, affiliations, reference, and mentoring.
- Small Museums Association -- The Small Museum Association is an all volunteer organization serving small museums in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. SMA's mission is to develop and maintain a peer network among people who work for small museums, giving them opportunities to learn, share knowledge, and support one another, so that they, in turn, can better serve their institutions, communities and profession.
- Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections -- SPNHC is an international organization devoted to the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections. The Society was founded in 1985 in Toronto, Ontario, and was incorporated in 1988 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a non-profit organization.
- Southeastern Museums Conference -- SEMC fosters professionalism, mutual support, and communication among its members and the larger museum community. A nonprofit membership organization, SEMC strives to increase educational and professional development opportunities, improve the interchange of ideas and information, and encourage respect and collegiality.
- Southeastern Registrars Association -- SERA initiates the supports activities and projects which help create an atmosphere of cooperation and communication among and between registrars, other museum professionals, and those in related service fields, and pursues further development of professional practices in the field.
Museums – Art
- National Art Education Association -- This dynamic community of practice is where visual arts teachers, scholars, researchers and professors, students, administrators, and art museum educators, and artists come together around a shared belief in the power of the arts in developing human potential.
Museums – Children’s
Museums – Science
- Association of Children's Museums -- Association of Children's Museums (ACM) is an international not-for-profit professional service organization representing and advocating for the children's museum field. ACM's mission is to build the capacity of children's museums to serve as town squares for children and families where play inspires creativity and lifelong learning. Currently, ACM serves more than 500 museums, businesses and individuals.
- Association of Science-Technology Centers -- The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals.
- Association for Preservation Technology -- The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is a cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. Membership in APT provides exceptional opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation -- The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.
- North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office - The NC SHPO has lots of wonderful resources for preservation of historic structures, public and privately owned.
- N.C. State Historical Records Advisory Board -- The North Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is the central advisory board for historical records planning and project assistance in the state and is responsible for assuring that the objectives of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) are implemented in North Carolina.
- Society of American Archivists -- Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.
- Lyrasis -- LYRASIS is the nation's largest regional membership organization serving libraries and information professionals - providing opportunities for networking and collaboration, offering innovative solutions, and significant cost savings through group purchasing for products and services.
- Society for American Archaeology -- Since its inception in 1934, SAA has endeavored to stimulate interest and research in American archaeology; advocated and aid in the conservation of archaeological resources; encourage public access to and appreciation of archaeology; oppose all looting of sites and the purchase and sale of looted archaeological materials; and serve as a bond among those interested in the archaeology of the Americas.
- Society for Historical Archaeology -- Formed in 1967, the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) is the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present). The main focus of the society is the era since the beginning of European exploration. SHA promotes scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology. The society is specifically concerned with the identification, excavation, interpretation, and conservation of sites and materials on land and underwater. Geographically the society emphasizes the New World, but also includes European exploration and settlement in Africa, Asia and Oceania.