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The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. AGS is an international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods and styles. 278 Main Street, Suite 207, Greenfield, MA 01301; Phone (413) 772-0836; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canadian Conservation Institute was created in 1972 to promote the proper care and preservation of Canada's cultural heritage and to advance the practice, science, and technology of conservation. The CCI publishes over 90 CCI Notes with practical advice about issues and questions related to the care, handling and storage of cultural objects which are available through a search engine. For more information write: CCI, 1030 Innes Road, Ottawa, ON. Phone (613) 998-3721; FAX 998-4721; e-mail: email@example.com
"Monumental Inscriptions" is a British web site that offers detailed instructions for planning cemetery "reading" projects, photographing deteriorated stones, gleaning the meanings of commonly encountered abbreviations and decorations, and organizing your data on computer.
The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) specializes in the treatment of art and historic artifacts on paper. Treatment services are available for drawings, prints, maps, posters, historic wallpaper, architectural drawings, musical scores, photographs, rare books, scrapbooks, manuscripts, and related materials such as parchment and papyrus.
Contact with questions:
Lee Price, Director of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org
Glen Ruzicka, Director of Conservation, email@example.com
Jill Rawnsley, Director of Preservation Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
A project of Stanford University Libraries Preservation Department, Conservation OnLine (CoOL) is a World Wide Web server for people involved with the conservation of museum, library, and archive materials. By providing a large number of articles, newsletters, etc. on preservation topics, (all full text), and by providing an Internet presence for several conservation/preservation organizations CoOL tries to offer "one stop shopping" for conservation information both for conservation professionals and our friends in allied professions.
CoOL offers several "Special topic" pages, covering areas such as disaster preparedness, mass deacidification, pest control, digital imaging, health and safety, etc., as well as information meant to help find people in (and around) conservation.
Full text of publications such as the Abbey Newsletter, Alkaline Paper Advocate, and the Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (CoOL is a North American mirror of the UK site) are available and, like almost everything in CoOL is full-text searchable.
In addition, CoOL serves as "home" to several organizations including the Western Association for Art Conservation, the Commission on Preservation and Access, the Book and Paper Group of AIC, Guild of Book Workers, etc. It also serves as the North American "mirror site" for the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and also mirrors conservation information from organizations such as SOLINET.
CoOL also provides access to the archives of several online discussion forums, including the Conservation DistList, ExLibris, PhotoHst, etc.
New participants receive some additional information about CoOL, but the above info is really all you need to get started. If you have trouble using your browser, please talk with your local web guru.
Please note that Conservation OnLine depends on YOUR help; please consider contributing articles, notes, outlines, presentations, or other conservation-related documents to CoOL.
Council on Library & Information Resources merges the Commission on Preservation & Access and the Council on Library Resources, advocating collaborative approaches to preserving U.S. intellectual heritage and strengthening its information system. CLIR was founded to continue the tradition of support for a seamless, national web of information resources which embraces all libraries and archives. CLIR is administrative home to the Digital Library Federation (DLF) which includes university research libraries, the Library of Congress, the National Archives and the NY Public Library. Contact: CLIR, 1755 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036. 202/939-4750; FAX 202/939-4765.
Free information and consultant referrals by telephone. There is a $75 charge to meet with the Lower Hudson Conference of Historical Agencies at their office in Elmsford, NY. This meeting includes a summary report. A full report is available for an additional fee. LHC also provides on-site consultant services on a variety of issues. Site visits are half- to full-day and include a summary report of the visit. The fee is $150-$250, plus mileage. A comprehensive report, available for an additional fee, draws on post-consultation research and addresses technical assistance issues in detail. Site visits may help plan for short term, customized consultancies.
Lower Hudson Conference
2199 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
Phone: (914) 592-6726
National Preservation Institute offers seminars in historic preservation and cultural resources management. Write P.O. Box 1702, Alexandria, VA 22313; call 703/765-0100; or e-mail email@example.com
NEDCC is a regional conservation center specializing in the treatment of books, paper and photographs. Other services include preservation microfilming and photographic duplication. Outreach programs encompass surveys (general, collection level, and item-by-item), workshops, and disaster assistance. The Center produces a range of excellent publications, including Web versions made available at no charge. NEDCC, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover MA 01810-1494; tel. 978/470-1010; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE AS: DANCE is a national partnership funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts to advance the ability of dance artists and dance communities to document and preserve their work and traditions.It is comprised of the National Initiative to Preserve America's Dance (NIPAD), administered at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and the UCLA National Dance/Media Project, at the Center for Intercultural Performance, in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California - Los Angeles. Gregory Ruffer, National Initiative to Preserve America's Dance, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC 20566, 202/416-8039; or e-mail email@example.com
Save Outdoor Sculpture! is a private/public initiative to document all monuments and outdoor sculpture in the United States and to help communities and local groups of all ages and interests preserve their sculptural legacy for the next century.
Save Outdoor Sculpture! is a catalyst to save our sculptural heritage. In Phase I, 7,000 volunteers reported 30,000 publicly accessible outdoor sculptures to the Inventory of American Sculpture database at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Of that total, 45 percent were determined to be in critical need of attention, nine percent requiring urgent treatment to survive.
In Phase II, SOS! those volunteers and other citizens, students through seniors, are working to preserve sculptures and monuments as a gift for the next century. SOS! provides a multi-faceted approach to increase preservation and appreciation of historical and contemporary public sculpture among a mix of learners.
For more information, contact: SAVE OUTDOOR SCULPTURE!, Heritage Preservation, 1625 K Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20006; 202-634-1422.
The mission of Preservation Services is to improve institutions' abilities to maintain long-term, cost-effective access to information resources in both traditional and networked collections.
The Field Services program has been providing education, training, information, and consulting to cultural institutions since 1984. The Microfilm Service, established in 1990, enables libraries to preserve the intellectual content of endangered and brittle volumes. Both programs are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access.
The Tombstone Transcription Project can help locate historic graveyards and the inscriptions on their stones. You can post your transcribed inscriptions on their web site.
The UCLA National Dance/Media Project has formed a national partnership with the National Initiative to Preserve America's Dance (NIPAD) named Save As: Dance. Funded by the PEW Charitable Trusts, Save As: Dance will support a broad range of innovative documentation and preservation activities to enhance and broaden the conception, production, and dissemination of dance materials.
UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance
Department of World Arts and Cultures
124 Dance Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1608
Phone: (310) 206-1867
Fax: (310) 825-5152