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Caring For Your Personal Collections

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The following resources provide advice on preserving your personal collections of books, photographs, and recordings.



  • Caring for Your Treasures
  • How to care for your family photographs, documents, textiles, art and more from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works.

  • Family Treasures
  • Tips on storing, handling, and preserving personal collections from the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate.  Also, includes information on emergency preparedness and response as well as collections care.

  • Caring for Your Family Archives

    Frequently asked questions about family archives answered by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

  • Disaster Resources for the Public
  • Resources to help prepare for and recover from disasters from the Heritage Preservation Emergency National Task Force.

  • Home Film Preservation Guide
  • Simple guidelines for preserving motion picture films with a focus on storage at home from the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

  • Caring for ...
  • How to care for a variety of family treasures including baskets, globes, kayaks, and watches from the Canadian Conservation Institute.

  • Your Old Books
  • A guide to frequently asked questions about rare books and rare book values published by the Rare Book and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.





      • How to Choose a Conservator
      • How to select a qualified conservator from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works.