American Association for State and Local History
Provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Work
The Conservation Specialties page is of special interest to historical societies and small historical organizations. Includes information regarding care for books, paper, paintings, photographs, electronic materials, textiles, wooden artifacts and architecture. Many of the resources listed on this site include online texts. This site could be listed several times as each type of media is discussed at some length.
See also the Institute's homepage for topics such as Professional Development, Grants and Awards information, Disaster Recovery, contact information and full text online journals, including The Journal of the American Institute for Conservation.
American Museum of Photography
Offers some basic advice for care of photographs and paper documents.
Conservation Online - Resources for Conservation Professionals.
Offered by Stanford University, this online textbook provides a full text resource library on conservation of a wide variety of media. Conservation topics are indexed for ease of use, including specific media including film, books and audio materials and areas of concern such as mold, environmental issues and pests. A list of conservation materials suppliers is also available. The site also offers training opportunity information and contact information for professional conservators.
The Library of Congress (LOC)
The LOC offers an abundance of information on its preservation website: www.loc.gov/preserv
The obvious page of interest is labeled Caring for Your Collections, www.loc.gov/preserv/careothr.html, and offers advice and instruction for preservation and conservation of a variety of media by type.
Be sure to look at the publications page, www.loc.gov/preserv/pubs.html, as it offers information regarding topics such as Disaster Preparedness, and more importantly, Collections Care and Conservation.
Again, this site could be listed several more times. Take some time and investigate it in depth.
National Archives and Records Administration
An independant Federal agency that preserves cornerstone documents that frame our nation's history. This link is to a section of the NARA site that contains valuable information on preservation techniques for historic documents.
Northeast Document Conservation Center
NEDCC's mission is to improve the preservation programs of libraries, archives, museums, and other historical and cultural organizations; to provide the highest quality services to institutions that cannot afford in-house conservation facilities or that require specialized expertise. They offer paper, book, and photographic conservation in addition to other services.
Northeast Historic Films
NHF is dedicated to preserving the moving image history of northern New England.
Northern States Conservation Center
Offers advice and information regarding care of museum collections.
The Smithsonian Institute
The Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education offers a great deal of information regarding conservation, stabilization and preservation of materials. www.si.edu/scmre/index.asp
Click the Taking Care button then the Guidelines button to get to this link www.si.edu/scmre/takingcare/guidelines.htm
Furniture and wooden objects, paintings, paper based materials and textiles are all covered, as are issues of concern. Much of the information offered is very specific, but there is a great deal of immediately useful information if you look carefully, including a 39 page book on disaster preparedness located in the Paper Based Materials section.
Library Preservation and Conservation Tutorial
This online tutorial is a collaborative project of the Council on Library and Information Resources and Cornell University Library. The Management and Planning and Preservation sections offer good primers on care and handling, environmental, and security concerns as well as basic preservation procedures. There is also a portion of the site dedicated to long range planning, funding and public relations.
The Regional Alliance for Preservation
The Regional Alliance for Preservation serves as an allied force to assist a wide variety of cultural institutions with collections care activities. The Alliance offers a wonderful array of articles and texts on all aspects of conservation, from planning and funding to the nuts and bolts of how to. Two highlights are the Starter Kit for Collections Managers and the Archive of Newsletters.
The Owls Head Transportation Museum has already received a generous donation of resource literature as a result of the Maintaining Our Midcoast Heritage Conference. These books and pamphlets will be made available to all historical organizations at no cost if used at the Museum. A partial list of titles follows:
The Management of Small History Museums Carl E. Guthe
Exhibits for the Small Museum: A Handbook Arminta Neal
Museum Trusteeship Alan and Patricial Ullberg
The Care of Historical Collections
A Conservation Handbook for the Nonspecialist Per E. Guldbeck
Starting Right A Basic Guide to Museum Planning Gerald George and Cindy Sherrell-Leo
The Care of Antiques and Historical Collections A. Bruce MacLeish
AASLH Management Series : Museums and the Law Marilyn Phelan
Insurance and Risk Management for
Museums and Historical Societies Gallery Association of New York State
Technical Information Service bulletins:Various American Association of State and Local History
Archives and Manuscripts: Administration
Of Photographic Collections Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler
The Non-Profit Guide to Creating an
Effective Governing Board Harry Jennings and Paul Hood
The following is a list of suppliers of conservation materials and links to suppliers.
Lists of suppliers
Financial Revenue and Support Resources
The Maine Philanthropy Center
MPC offers grant writing workshops, extensive links to grantmakers and a resource library to organizations seeking funding. Their Directory of Maine Grantmakers is an essential resource for any organization considering grant writing efforts, listing who gave, how much and why.
Grantmaking in Minnesota
Offers a primer on grant writing on their website. This introduction walks the user through the grant writing process from the initial research phase to completion of follow-up paperwork as well as example proposals.
The Foundation Center
Works to collect, organize, and communicate information on U.S. philanthropy. The Center offers tutorials introducing users to the grant seeking process, researching, budgeting and writing grant proposals in their virtual classroom.
The following page lists the top 50 philanthropic funders in the state of Maine in 2000. The Center's site contains a wealth of knowledge and resources for organizations seeking funding, including educational opportunities. Requires )Adobe Acrobat Reader)
This website is the home of a professional grant seeker, but it has organized a tremendous amount of information regarding grant seeking and grant writing. Some of the highlights include the indexes of grant opportunities organized by Foundation name, geographical location and subject. Also includes grant writing pointers and checklists. There is also an extensive links section leading users to dozens of sites for ideas and information about fundraising.
The University of Wisconsin, Madison
Most of this website is dedicated to funders and funding in Wisconsin, but there is a great resource page indexing proposal writing websites. This site lists more sources of information and assistance than could be listed here.
Grants and fundraising services for non-profit organizations and schools offers a short list of grantmakers in the state of Maine with a synopsis of each organization and web link to the organizations site.
The Maine State Library
Offers a list of some of the largest givers in the state of Maine with contact information. This site also offers information regarding establishing a 501(c)(3) and grantwriting tips.
The Maine Community Foundation
Offers support through grants, scholarships and initiatives. The Foundation offers support for projects and grantwriting.
The Libra Foundation
One of Maine's largest givers offers application information as well as contact and project information for past recipients.
The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation
Offers funding to a wide variety of Maine community based projects. Its site outlines application requirements and limits and restrictions of giving.
The Unity Foundation
A grantmaker of national scope giving primarily to Arts/Culture/Recreation, Community/Economic Development, Education, Environment, and Youth.
Pools donations from the public and redistributes the proceeds in the form of grants.
The Maine Philanthropy Center
Offers grantwriting workshops, extensive links to grantmakers and a resource library to organizations seeking funding.