Professional Organizations

The organizations listed below are not affiliated with University Products, and the information is provided only as a service to our customers. The appearance of these organizations is in no way meant to suggest or imply any preference to the products and services offered by University Products.

American Association of Museums (AAM)

The American Association of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. They are dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future.

American Institute for Conservation (AIC)

(AIC) exists to support the conservation professionals who preserve our cultural heritage. As the only national membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural material, the AIC plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.

Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Properties (CAC)

The CAC promotes responsible preservation of the cultural property that gives Canadians a sense of place, of history and of artistic expression.

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)

CCI has been a pioneer in the conservation of cultural heritage since 1972, delivering a wide range of services and products, undertaking research, and promoting the proper care and preservation of cultural property. The Institute has worked closely with hundreds of museums, art galleries, archives, libraries, academic institutions, and other heritage organizations to help them preserve their collections. This knowledge and expertise is available to organizations and individuals not only in Canada but also worldwide.

Conservation On Line (CoOL)

A website dedicated to conservation professionals with information that will also benefit the general public. This website includes a full text library of conservation information encompassing a wide spectrum of topics related to the conservation of library, archives and museum materials. They also provide links to a number of other conservation organizations.

Heritage Preservation (HP)

This website offers great information on disaster preparedness and emergency response, as well as a long list of links to other heritage organizations, government agencies and resource organizations.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)

MARAC's purpose is to provide archival advocacy and educational opportunities for archivists and other keepers of the historical record throughout their careers.

National Park Service (NPS)

This website publishes short articles entitled “Conserve O Grams” that focus on caring for museum objects. They are useful for experienced and inexperienced museum staff and interested individuals who have collections of fine arts, furniture, ceramics and glass, leather, books and papers. You’ll also find Technical Preservation Bulletins on topics ranging from barns to roofing materials, as they relate to historic buildings.

New England Museum Association (NEMA)

The mission of the New England Museum Association is to strengthen member museums and museums in the region. To achieve this mission, NEMA fosters communication and ethical conduct; provides professional development; promotes excellence in museum operations; and encourages support for the museum community.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

NEDCC’s strengths are the outstanding credentials of its conservation and preservation staff, the Center’s wide range of services, and the willingness of its staff to advise clients about their specific needs and requirements. NEDCC treats many highly significant paper and photographic objects and continues to be the premiere center for the most difficult conservation challenges.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Free Literature

NEDCC provides printable Preservation Leaflets with information on a wide variety of preservation topics and links to additional resources. The leaflets may be downloaded at no cost.

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNCH)

SPNHC is an international organization devoted to the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections.

Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.

The Image Permanence Institute (IPI)

Rochester Institute of Technology has developed this website devoted to scrapbook and home archives preservation. Included at this site are a very useful glossary and a Preservation Calculator (a downloadable program which can be used to estimate photo, scrapbook, and memorabilia longevity based on the average temperatures and humidity in which these objects are stored).

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