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Collections Care

Connecting to Collections Care (C2C Care) 

The Connecting to Collections Care (C2C Care) online community connects staff and volunteers at museums, archives, and libraries with each other and with solid information about collections care. In the community, you can:

  • Attend free webinars
  • Search online resources
  • Post a question to for collections care experts

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Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

Small- to mid-sized museums looking to improve collections care may be interested in exploring a general conservation assessment with the assistance of the CAP Program. CAP provides partial funding towards an assessment of eligible institutions' collections, buildings, and building systems. By giving the institution a prioritized set of recommendations to improve collections care, the program is often a first step for a museum looking to improve the preventative care of its collections.

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STASH: Storage Techniques for Art, Science, and History Collections 

STASH is an online venue to explore solutions for storage and support of cultural property based on the book, Storage of Natural History Collections: Ideas and Practical Solutions. Visit the site for:

  • General information about each type of support or storage solution: (e.g. cabinets, drawers, trays, hangars, pallets, etc.)
  • A “Materials, Supplies and Tools” chart of specific storage products
  • A blog to announce new initiatives, tools, materials and items of interest
  • An online forum 

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Conservation Wiki: Preventive Care

Information on preventive care topics compiled by Collection Care Network members is being shared on our Wiki site. Entries include:

  • Environmental Guidelines
  • Pests
  • Storage Furniture
  • Mountmaking
  • And more

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Collection Care Information Exchange Discussion Framework

Our Collection Care Network provides a set framework that institutions and collection managers, conservators, registrars, curators, administrators, other staff responsible for collections may use to guide discussions about collection care practices, policies, and procedures.