Caring for Artifacts

Caring for Your Own Treasures

Many of us have antiques or family heirlooms that we treasure. Caring for and preserving these objects is complicated. The following resources provide a starting point for caring for your own historical artifacts.

Suppliers of Archival Storage Materials:

Archival Methods,

Gaylord Brothers,

Light Impressions,

University Products,


American Institute of Conservation – Guidelines for Choosing a Conservator


Jane S. and Richard W. Long, Caring for Your Family Treasures: A Concise Guide to Caring for Your Cherished Belongings. New York: Heritage Preservation, 2000.

Robert F. McGiffin. Furniture Care and Conservation. Nashville, Tennessee: AASLH Press, 1992.

James M. Reilly. Care and Identification of 19th Century Photographic Prints. Rochester, New York: Eastman Kodak, 1986.

Robert A. Weinstein and Larry Booth. Collection, Use and Care of Historical Photographs. Nashville, Tennessee: AASLH Press, 1977.

Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar, Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

For more information and resources, For assistance feel to contact Laura Furman, Curator of Collections at 815-397-9112, ext. 108 or