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Rehousing artifact using approved material
Rehousing artifact using approved material

Preservation and conservation resources compiled by National Postal Museum’s Preservation Staff.

Web Resources

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

Canadian Conservation Institute / Care of Objects and Collections

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

Henry Ford Museum / Caring For Your Artifacts

Library of Congress Preservation: Collections Care and Conservation Information

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) / Preservation Information

National Park Service (NPS)

Nebraska State Historical Society's Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center and the State Library Commission

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute

American Experience: War Letters / Save Your Letters (Video)

In her work as a conservation specialist at the National Postal Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Linda Edquist has worked to preserve countless letters and other objects in the museum's enormous collection. How can you use some conservation techniques on your letters at home? Watch Linda demonstrate.


Caring for Your Family Treasures, Heritage Preservation, Inc.
By Jane S. Long and Richard W. Long
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 2000

The Winterthur Guide to Caring for Your Collection
By Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum
University Press of New England, 2000

Saving Stuff
By Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar
Simon & Schuster, 2005


Gaylord Archival

(800) 448-6160 

Hollinger Metal Edge

(800) 862-2228

University Products

(800) 628-1912

Light Impressions

(800) 975-6429

Archival Methods

(866) 877-7050


(212) 219-0735