Saving Your Treasures: Natural History Specimens

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NATURAL HISTORY SPECIMENS

 

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Natural history specimens, such as bird mounts, animal mounts, and mineral specimens, are extremely fragile and can be made from many different materials, including leather, bone, glass, wood, stone, metal, etc. They are very complex and often very reactive to their environment. Some are susceptible to pest attack, and many historic organic specimens have been treated with harmful pesticides in the past.

Owners should be careful when handling these materials. Wear gloves, and wash your hands frequently. These objects are cared for by objects conservators, some of whom have specialized in natural history objects.

If you have any questions, ask a conservator.

Preserving Native American Artifacts Plastics in
Museum Collections
Plastics:
Chemistry
 
Plastics:
History
Plastics:
Deterioration

Plastics:
Preventative Care

Plant Materials:
Structure
Plant Materials:
Chemistry
Plant Materials:
Technology
Plant Materials: Deterioration -
Environmental & Mechanical
Plant Materials: Deterioration -
Chemical & Biological
Plant Materials:
Preventative
Care
Plant Materials:
Integrated Pest Management
Animal Materials:
Skin & Leather
Animal Materials:
Hair, Hooves, Etc.
Animal Materials:
Bones, Shells, Etc.
Animal Materials:
Deterioration
Animal Materials:
Preventative Care

TYPES OF OBJECTS

Books, Bibles, ScrapbooksDishes, Glassware, SilverwareFirearmsFurnitureJewelry
Native American ItemsNatural History SpecimensNewspaperPhotographs
Textiles, Clothing, UniformsTools, Mechanical Objects, InstrumentsToysWorks of Art