Smithsonian American Art Museum Objects Conservator Helen Ingalls performing Oddy testing. Photo courtesy SAAM.


Specialty groups prepare topic-based publications, typically though not always a collection of concepts presented at the AIC's Annual Meeting turned into long-form articles. While not peer-reviewed, these postprints present a wealth of information about current topics in conservation as well as insight into conservation treatments. They also produce publications and resources that range from catalogs of conservation treatments and techniques, to conservation wikis, and to various special topic publications and resources. Electronic and print versions of past and current publications are usually available in the store, either free or for a fee.

Since 1992, we have regularly published the Objects Specialty Group (OSG) Postprints, which includes papers developed from presentations given at AIC Annual Meetings. We grant our members free access to the postprints immediately after publication through our group's online Member Community. Objects Specialty Group Postprints are now online by article. An author index is also available at this site. Non-members of AIC's Objects Specialty Group may download new volumes through the AIC StoreE-reader versions of select volumes are also available through the AIC Store and the Member Community.

Online Community

Our online community provides valuable forum where colleagues can share and exchange ideas and practical information, facilitate open discussion, disseminate group-related news, questions, job postings, announcements, comments of interest, and general information. It is member-restricted, and new members receive access automatically.


Grants and Scholarships

In 2016 we created a speaker stipend to help defray costs for speakers at the AIC Annual Meeting.


Check out our Outreach Resources page for tips and encouragement on representing our field and publicizing the great work conservators do.