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Caring for your family treasures : heritage preservation
Long, Jane S.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2000.
Physical Description:
164 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Local Note:
"IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf."


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NK1127.5 .L66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
NK1127.5 .L66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference
NK1127.5 .L66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Rare Books Reference
NK1127.5 .L66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NK1127.5 .L66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NK1127.5 .L66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A guide to the conservation of family antiques, including books and documents, clocks and watches, silverware, jewellery, musical instruments, military mementos, dolls, teddy bears and toy soldiers. The book also considers security and insurance issues and has cleaning and storage advice.

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Library Journal Review

Although there are plenty of guidebooks on preserving museum-quality antiques, this book is unique in that it focuses on the care and handling of precious family heirlooms such as old silver, wedding gowns, scrapbooks, photos, books, and dolls. It was assembled under the guidance of Heritage Preservation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving cultural artifacts, sites, natural science specimens, buildings, and works of art. (It has also published the highly regarded Caring for Your Collections and, more recently, Caring for Your Historic House.) In addition to providing solid and easy-to-understand information on object preservation, the book offers advice on where to find archival supplies, genealogical information, and, if need be, a professional conservator. The many color photos show how artifactual damage is caused and in some instances how it can be treated. Highly recommended for all public libraries and for decorative arts collections everywhere. Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Getting Startedp. 10
Family Treasures: Links to the Pastp. 11
An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Curep. 14
Agents of Deteriorationp. 14
Principles of Safekeepingp. 20
Guardians of Family Memoryp. 22
Booksp. 23
Family Treasures on Paperp. 30
A Note about Art on Paperp. 35
Scrapbooks and Albumsp. 38
Tips on Making a New Scrapbook or Albump. 43
Genealogy and Family Treasuresp. 44
Photographic Prints and Transparenciesp. 46
Care of Daguerreotypes, Tintypes, or Ambrotypesp. 51
Home Movies: Film and Videotapep. 53
Tips on Making New Memoriesp. 55
LPs, CDs, and Related Mediap. 56
Motion-Picture Filmp. 56
Digital Informationp. 58
Matting and Framing Your Treasuresp. 61
Tangible Legaciesp. 66
Paintingsp. 67
Fabricsp. 73
Preserving a New Wedding Dressp. 78
Furniturep. 79
Clocks and Watchesp. 84
Ceramics and Glassp. 89
Family Holidays--Family Treasuresp. 90
Silver, Other Decorative Metals, and Jewelryp. 96
Where to Find Silver-Care Materialsp. 100
Special Collectionsp. 106
Musical Instrumentsp. 107
Treasures of Naturep. 114
Military Mementosp. 120
Little Friends: Dolls, Teddy Bears, and Toy Soldiersp. 125
Gamesp. 130
Further Guidancep. 132
Security and Insurancep. 133
Ten Tips for the Care of Flood-Damaged Family Heirloomsp. 134
Finding Professional Helpp. 138
Finding Materials and Tools for Cleaning, Display, and Storagep. 141
Books to Help Youp. 143
Other Resources to Help Youp. 145
Glossaryp. 146
Acknowledgmentsp. 152
About the Advisersp. 153
About Heritage Preservationp. 156
Indexp. 157
Photograph and Illustration Creditsp. 162