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Categories of membership may provide some indication of the conservator's experience. In particular, "Fellow" or "Professional Associate" membership in AIC is conferred after a specified number of years in the field, Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage based on a peer- review process.

These membership categories indicate that the conservator has agreed to abide by the Code of Ethics and Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, a document that "sets forth the principles that guide conservation professionals and others who are involved in the care of cultural property.


Finding a qualified conservator may require perseverance, since conservation expertise (especially in book conservation) is not equally available in all areas of the country and many Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage conservators do not advertise. 

If you are located in an area of the country with few Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage conservators, do not hesitate to obtain referrals from a broad geographic area. Many conservators are accustomed to dealing with clients located at a great distance and can offer guidance for safely packing and transporting fragile materials.

They should also be able to provide you with information about shipping or courier services that can provide Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage insurance, special handling, and security for valuable materials during transit. Begin by developing a list of potential conservators. Contact conservation departments in nearby libraries, museums, and archives.

The staff is often a good source of general information and advice. They may be able to recommend conservators in private practice in a nearby area or regional centers that offer treatment and broader preservation Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage services. 

In some cases, Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage conservators employed by an institution may accept private work outside of their institutional commitments. In addition, contact people who work in the special collections departments of libraries, state archives, large historical societies, and major museums to obtain the names of Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage conservators who have worked for them on a regular basis.

In all cases, find out whether a recommendation is based on direct experience with the conservator or on secondary information. The American Institute for Conservation is another good source for referrals. The AIC Guide to Conservation Services is an online database that can be searched for the names of professionals who practice in your area and who specialize in the treatment of particular types of Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage artifacts. 

AIC does not endorse individual Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage conservators or vouch for the quality of their work, but the Guide lists only Professional Associate and Fellow members and offers some general information about what a consumer of conservation services should expect from a conservator. These contacts should provide the names of several potential conservators.

However, these Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage referrals are not necessarily an indicator of quality. Comparison shopping is always a sound principle, even when seeking conservation services. A series of informed questions, outlined in the following sections, can provide a framework for evaluating a conservator's capabilities.

You may also find that some of the conservators on your list are not able to provide the kind of treatment you require because a particular problem lies outside their expertise or because they are unable to accommodate your artifacts in their Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage lab. 

Others may have a large Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage backlog of work and may not be able to treat your item as quickly as you would like. Conservation treatment may require materials to be out of your institution for relatively long periods of time—several months wouldn't be at all unusual.

Treatment can also be expensive, but the cost of a competent conservator is a small price to pay when compared to the risk that an artifact may be irreparably lost or damaged through inadequate or inappropriate Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage treatment. If you want to do a collection survey to help you evaluate your overall conservation needs, consider retaining a conservation consultant.

A collection survey is designed to assess the overall conditions of a collection and the environment in which it is housed. The survey results in written recommendations that can help an institution develop a long-range plan for the care of its Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage collections. 

Such Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage recommendations might include suggestions for environmental improvements, procedural changes, staff education, rehousing projects, and the conservation treatment of selected materials. This approach is especially useful for institutions that do not have adequate in-house expertise or experience in assessing conservation needs.

The referral strategy outlined above will help you identify individuals who may be qualified to do a conservation survey. Several of the Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage organizations listed under "Information Resources" and many of those listed as "Regional Conservation Centers" also provide consultation and survey services.

What the Conservator Will Ask You. When you have obtained the name of a conservator, arrange a time and location to discuss your conservation needs. Some Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage conservators will come to an institution, while others will request that you bring the item to them. 

If you are located at a great distance, Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage arrangements will need to be made for shipping the item for examination, after preliminary discussion by telephone. To ensure that your collections receive appropriate treatment, it is essential to develop a collaborative working relationship with a conservator from the beginning so that treatment decisions reflect a balance between curatorial and conservation priorities.

To facilitate this Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage interaction at the outset, be prepared to provide the conservator with the following: the nature of the item (e.g., book, manuscript, art on paper) the component materials (e.g., paper, leather, parchment) the media (e.g., writing, typing, printing ink) the nature of the Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage problem (e.g., tears, physical distortion, brittleness, a combination of factors) the type and extent of anticipated use

(e.g., extensive or limited research use, exhibition) environmental conditions (e.g., winter heating only, stable conditions with temperature and humidity control) housing systems (e.g., upright or flat shelving, boxes or other protective enclosures) the desired outcome of treatment (e.g., basic stabilization or protection, improved appearance, prevention of loss of Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage information). 

This Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage information is critical for the conservator to judge whether or not he or she can work on the item. It is also critical information if the conservator is to develop a treatment proposal that adequately addresses both the condition of the item and your institutional Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage requirements.

Also, determine in advance if there are any deadlines that must be met. Finally, know the amount of money that is available, as this may dictate the level of treatment you can afford. Valuable time and effort will be saved if you are clear with the conservator about these Restore Old Photos That Have Had Moisture Damage matters from the start.

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