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Art and Historic Preservation Resources

This guide provides resources for the study of art and historic preservation. It includes links to international, national, state and local sites, legal information, organizations and preservation of varied materials. It also includes art research help.

Considerations for Exhibiting

Using quilts as an example, here are some considerations, a list of environmental threats, and safe handling tips from Nicole Menchese, Digitization and Archives Coordinator of the Long Island Libraries Resources Council (LILRC) .

  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • How long do you intend to display?
  • What is the quilt made of (what types of fabrics)?
  • How is it constructed?
  • What is its level of fragility?
  • Size and weight?
  • Where do you want it displayed?

Environmental Threats for Display

  • Light

Light damage is cumulative and irreversible
Both natural and artificial light can fade color...LED is okay!

  • Temperature

Higher temps speed up the rate of chemical reactions in the fibers, dyes and
materials that make up textiles.

  • Relative Humidity

Because most organic materials contain moisture, changes in RH can cause
materials to expand or contract as they take in or lose moisture - can cause
mold and mildew, corrosion of metals and the bleeding of dyes.

  • Pollutants

Textiles are particularly susceptible to pollutants in aerosol sprays,
cigarette/cigar smoke and soot from fireplaces.

  • Pests

Look for signs of insect damage - could mean there is an infestation:
• Irregularly shaped holes
• Insect casings
• excrement

Handling

  •  Clean hands...skin contains oils and perspiration
  •  Be familiar with weak areas and places of physical damage
  •  No pulling...take the time to be gentle
  •  Support a quilt by understanding and distributing its weight
  •  Avoid snags and tears by removing jewelry or wearing gloves
  •  Do not eat, drink or smoke around your quilt collection