What is Conservation?
Conservation is a holistic approach to the long-term preservation of objects of cultural heritage. Conservation may involve:
- Preventive conservation measures
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is the professional organization for conservators. At all times, conservators are guided by the principles set forth in the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
Conservation at the State Archives of North Carolina
Cindy Bradley, Collections Management Branch Head
Lucy Dunphy Barsness, Archives Conservator
How To Find a Conservator
The State Archives does not take private work, but there are many conservators in private practice and regional conservation centers that do.
The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) provides a “Find a Professional” directory resource of conservators who take on private work. Many in private practice will accept long-distance work.
In addition, there are several regional conservation centers in the Eastern half of the United States. This listing does not indicate endorsement by the State Archives of North Carolina.
- ECS Conservation, located in Greensboro, NC
- Northeast Document Conservation Center, located in Andover, MA (non-profit)
- Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, located in Philadelphia, PA (non-profit)
- Midwest Art Conservation Center, located in Minneapolis, MN (non-profit)
Resources for care, handling, and storage of materials:
- Caring for Belongings, produced by the American Institute for Conservation
- Preservation Leaflets, produced by the Northeast Document Conservation Center
- CCI Notes, produced by the Canadian Conservation Institute
The State Historical Records Advisory Board in collaboration with the State Archives has produced a series of tutorials that provide basic information about the care and handling of family papers. Conservation related information is available in: