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Resources for Conserving Flood Damaged Photos, Antiques and Heirlooms


Due to the recent flooding disaster many of you may, unfortunately, be dealing with damaged family photos, antiques and other heirlooms. There is a lot of information available via the internet on how to save and conserve water damaged objects, so to make it easier for those needing these resources the State Museum has created a listing of links where you can find helpful information on how best to conserve these items.

Many damaged objects can be preserved and restored, so don’t automatically think you need to throw them away

General Information

Historic Columbia Offers Preservation Services to Flood Victims
Historic Columbia

After the Flood: Emergency Stabilization and Conservation Measures
National Park Service

Ten Tips for Homeowners on the Care of Water-Damaged Family Heirlooms and Other Valuables
Heritage National Emergency Task Force (co-sponsored by Heritage Preservation and F.E.M.A)

Salvage of Water Damaged Materials
Minnesota Historical Society

Northeast Document Conservation Center Disaster Assistance
Northeast Document Conservation Center

For Photographs and Paper (letters, books, etc)

Saving Photographs After the Flood
American Institute for Conservation

Emergency Salvage of Flood Damaged Family Papers
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

What To Do If Collections Get Wet
Library of Congress

Salvage of Water Damaged Materials
Minnesota Historical Society

For Textiles (clothing, quilts, etc)

Salvaging Water Damaged Textiles
American Institute for Conservation

Salvage At A Glance Part V: Textiles
National Park Service

Salvage of Water Damaged Materials
Minnesota Historical Society

For Furniture and other objects

Emergency Treatment For Water-Soaked Furniture And Wooden Objects
National Park Service

Flood-Damaged Furniture Disaster Recovery
North Carolina State University

Emergency Treatment of Water-Damaged Paintings on Canvas
Canadian Conservation Institute

Salvage At A Glance Part III: Object Collections
National Park Service

Salvage of Water Damaged Materials
Minnesota Historical Society

Contact Information

If you wish to speak to a member of the State Museum’s collections staff about your flood damaged items, here is a quick staff contact listing you my find helpful.

Paul Matheny, Director of Collections

Robyn Adams, Registrar

JoAnn Zeise, Curator of History

Dave Cicimurri, Curator of Natural History

If you would like to contact a professional conservator about your damaged items, you can find a list of conservators listed by region from the American Conservation Institute here: