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General Guides to Document Preservation

American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)
Caring for Your Treasures. AIC is a national membership organization for conservation professionals dedicated to preserving the art and historic artifacts of our cultural heritage for future generations. The Caring For Your Treasures page features many articles addressing the preservation of family treasures.

Conservation OnLine (CoOL)
Operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, CoOL is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials. It is a growing online resource for conservators, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals

Library of Congress
Caring for Your Collections. Need advice on the care of books, photos, videos, and other media in your collections? These publications from the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate page answer many questions about the care, handling and storage of your valuable family collections.

The Library of Congress also has an excellent web site on preserving personal digital memories.  Please use it to find “how tos” for digital preservation.  http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/personalarchiving/

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Caring for Your Family Archives Q&A format. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent federal agency that preserves our nation's history and defines us as a people by overseeing the management of all federal records. The question and answer format on the Caring for Your Family Archives page provides useful information for individuals concerned about their family archives.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)
List of NEDCC Leaflets. The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is the largest nonprofit, regional conservation center in the United States. Its mission is to improve preservation programs; to provide the highest quality services to institutions that cannot afford in-house conservation facilities; and to provide leadership to the preservation field. The NEDCC leaflet series provide useful resource information to the user.

Lyrasis
Preservation Publications. The nation’s largest regional organization serving libraries and information professionals, focusing on the Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern, and New England regions. The free publications link on their preservation page provides useful information for the expert or novice dealing with preservation concerns.