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Appelbaum, Barbara
Preserve, protect and defend : a practical guide to the care of collections / Barbara Appelbaum.
New York : Barbara Appelbaum Books, [2018]
Physical Description:
xv, 388 pages ; 23 cm
Reference Library
AM141 .A67 2018 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
Note: Please contact the Reference Library to schedule an appointment [Email ycba.reference@yale.edu]

Includes bibliographical references (pages 366-369) and index.
"Preserve, Protect, and Defend: A Practical Guide to the Care of Collections is an essential text for museum professionals, volunteers and consultants across a wide range of responsibilities: curators, registrars, collections managers, archivists, museum administrators, museum educators, conservators, art historians, operations staff, designers, engineers, architects, building contractors, suppliers, security specialists, and pest control experts. The topics are wide ranging: conservation assessments; practical advice for examining collections and buildings to uncover collection safety issues; routine collection safety practices; preparing for the unexpected, including wind and water penetration, fire and smoke, and infestations; and controlling the museum environment including temperature and relative humidity, light and lighting, and air quality. The book also offers an inside look into the world of museums and the people who work in them. Written in the accessible -- and sometimes irreverent -- style that the author is famous for, this book is a must-have for everyone who cares for collections and the buildings that house them?museums of all sizes, archives, libraries, and private collections."
Subject Terms:
Museum conservation methods.
Museum conservation methods.
Museums -- Design and construction.
Museums -- Design and construction.

  • I. Setting the stage. What is preservation? ; The world of museums
  • II. Working with consultants. Inspecting your building ; Consultant site visits: an overview ; Planning for a site visit ; The site visit and report
  • III. Decision-making in institutions. Prioritization and the long-range plan ; In-house preservation projects ; Decision-making fundamentals ; Planning preservation projects ; The preservation project team: who's at the table?
  • IV. The museum environment. Temperature, relative humidity, and the welfare of collections ; Strategies for relative humidity control ; Light and light damage ; Museum lighting ; Air quality ; Going green
  • V. Preparing for the unexpected. Safety first ; Disasters ; Water: protection, detection, and preparedness ; Water: recovery measures ; Fire and smoke ; Mold and pest management
  • VI. Conservators and collections. The secret life of objects ; Conservation treatment de-mystified ; Conservators' expanding role.