Museum Collections

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