NEDCC Conservators and Preservation Specialists provide consultation services on many conservation and preservation issues, including collection storage and housing, exhibit practices, new building or renovation projects, etc. Please call the Center to discuss a consultation.
NEDCC offers three different types of assessments to evaluate collections.
A preservation needs assessment identifies overall risks to your collections and helps better preserve your materials by recommending achievable strategies for today and tomorrow.
For information on obtaining a Preservation Needs Assessment, see:
How to work with NEDCC on a Preservation Needs Assessment.
For information about Preservation Needs Assessments, contact
Ann Marie Willer
Director of Preservation Services
(978) 470-1010 ext. 223
Collection-level assessments focus on a specific collection within an institution. Examples are photographic materials, rare books, maps, or architectural drawings. An NEDCC conservator will visit the institution to assess the collection, making recommendations for its care, including overall preventive maintenance actions as well as conservation treatment options. A collection-level assessment may also identify groups of objects and individual objects in need of treatment and provide treatment proposals along with cost estimates for treatment at NEDCC. Priorities for a treatment program are included in the written report and can also be used to prioritize items for digitization.
Item-by-item condition assessments focus on a preselected group of artifacts. These assessments are more detailed in their object-level assessment of materials than collection assessments and generally consist of in-depth examination of a relatively small group of objects. Treatment priorities are developed and cost estimates are prepared. Item-by-item assessments are often an appropriate next step after a more general collection-level assessment has been completed. Condition assessments are performed by members of NEDCC's conservation staff and can be undertaken for a group of books, works of art, photographs, or archival materials with little attention addressing general preservation needs.
For information on obtaining a Collection or Item-by-Item Assessment, see:
How to work with NEDCC on a Collection or Item-by-Item Assessment
For information about collection-level or item-by-item assessments, contact