I have a combination Archives & Museum, however I'm primarily trained as an Archivist/Librarian. I wonder if anyone has any recommendations for resources to help me with care of silver objects?
Katy Lockard, CA
Director, Archives & Records Management
Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine
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The Canadian Conservation Institute publishes wonderful reference documents. Here's a link to the one on Silver care: https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/conservation-preservation-publications/canadian-conservation-institute-notes/care-silver.html
I second Diane's recommendation of the CCI. I would also suggest the National Park Service's Museum Handbook (https://www.nps.gov/museum/publications/handbook.html) and Conserve-O-Grams (https://www.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/cons_toc.html).
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I would also suggest https://connectingtocollections.org/, which is run by the Foundation for Advancement in Collections and funded by IMLS. It has a wealth of resources on all aspects of collections care, including a webinar archive, courses on conservation topics, a moderated discussion community, and a resource library.
Although the courses do have a charge, everything else does not. I am a member of the discussion community, and I can attest to the fact that questions regarding all types of objects and situations are posted to the discussion, with help and comments coming from the moderator--a practicing conservator--as well as other members of the discussion group.
If you are looking for a conservator, go to https://www.culturalheritage.org/about-conservation/find-a-conservator, which is a service of the American Institute for Conservation. Follow the instructions on the website to come up with names of professional conservators who are members of AIC near you.
Hope this helps!
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