Services focuses on both preventative care as well as actual treatments.
This includes :
While in storage, objects usually require housing materials that will
provide mechanical support to fragile areas. It is also important the the
housings are easy to handle by researchers and curators.
This drawer held many Peruvian archaeological textile fragments. The
fibers in the textiles have become weakened over time, making them
difficult to handle because they are so fragile. We needed to create
protective housings for the textiles that would provide adequate
mechanical support, but not require too much space. We worked closely
with the collections manager to devise a suitable rehousing plan.
Housings that were easy to construct and inexpensive to make were
designed and created. Each textile was placed on a cotton support
which was adhered to a thin, rigid support (archival board) which was
placed inside of a Mylar envelope. The envelopes were sealed on three
sides. The housings provide mechanical support to the textiles when they
are picked up, and they allow the textiles to be easily handled and seen
Cynthia Albertson helped in the design of the housings and the
implementation of the rehousing project.
objects for transport.
Objects Conservation Services has treated a variety of objects from
different time periods and cultures, such as ancient Greek ceramics
encrusted with dirt, War of 1812 era copper-alloy belt buckles with
disfiguring and unstable corrosion, a Ming dynasty staff with detached
ceramic inlays, and a tangled and fragmented pre-Columbian Incan textile.
All treatments are documented with written reports and photographs. The
written reports contain information about the object and its condition.
The photographs document the before- and after-treatment conditions of the
object. Copies of all documentation are given to the client for future
The condition of an object or a collection of objects may be performed for
a variety of reasons. When objects are in storage, it is important to
perform general surveys in order to ensure that the storage area is
providing a stable and safe environment for the objects. When objects
travel, conservation assessments are often performed before they leave the
lending institution, at every museum that borrows the objects, and then
when the objects return to the lending institution.