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What does AIC publish?

 AIC publications include the award-winning Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC);
AIC News; and more. You will also find guides to publishing with AIC and special guides focusing on themes such as Disaster Response and Health & Safety.

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation

JAIC cover - February 2013The quarterly Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC) is the primary vehicle for the publication of peer-reviewed technical studies, research papers, treatment case studies, and ethics and standards discussions relating to the broad field of conservation and preservation of historic and cultural works. Subscribers to JAIC include AIC members, both individuals and institutions, as well as major libraries and universities.

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AIC News

AIC News is published six times per year. It provides the AIC membership with up-to-date news on national and international conservation issues, new materials and research, AIC and FAIC organizational/programmatic updates, specialty group activities, publications, graduate student information, and course and scholarship opportunities.

Find AIC News articles online, an archive of past issues, guidelines for publishing, and more information on conservation in the news. 

AIC Directory

AIC Directory print version coverThe AIC Directory is a primary source for conservators, museum and arts professionals, students, and others in contact with the conservation field. Consisting of over 200 pages of AIC members by name, specialty, and geographic region and listings of conservation guilds, training programs, international conservation organizations, and funding agencies, it also includes the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. Buy the 2017 Edition in our Store >>

AIC members have access to an online member directory, available 24/7 with continually updated information. They also belong to a social community where they can connect with other members, so join today if you aren't yet a member!


Special Projects

AIC and FAIC occasionally publish works that benefit the conservation, preservation, and collection care communities, whether with grant funding or through partnerships, and always with intensive assistance by dedicated volunteers. Our two newest projects are highlighted here, but you can read more about our special projects and publications and find information about ordering them.

Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation (2017, $75)

This volume is made possible through the generous support of The Irving Penn Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the extraordinary efforts of its volunteer authors. Edited by Constance McCabe, this volume presents the results of a four-year inter-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative led and organized by the National Gallery of Art. Contributions by 47 leading photograph conservators, scientists, and historians provide detailed examinations of the chemical, material, and aesthetic qualities of this important class of rare, beautiful, and technically complex photographs. The volume will help those who care for photograph collections gain a thorough appreciation of the technical and aesthetic characteristics of platinum and palladium prints and scientific basis for their preservation. 

Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage (Publishing early 2018)

Lisa Elkin, Christopher A. Norris, editors

Preventive Conservation CoverThe Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, The American Institute for Conservation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Museum Studies Program of George Washington University are collaborating on a new book entitled “Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage.” The volume discusses all aspects of collection storage, from planning and assessment, through building design and facilities management, to storage furniture and specimen housing. It is due for publication in early 2018. To reserve a copy of the book, contact Collection-Storage@conservation-us.org. A sneak peek of the book is available at http://resources.conservation-us.org/collection-storage/.

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Specialty Group Publications

Our specialty groups produce a number of publications, including Annual Meeting postprints (in both print and electronic form), conservation catalogs, special books, and more.  View more info >>

Web Publications

Conservation Wiki
AIC and FAIC are pleased to announce the launch of a new collaborative wiki website, based on the specialty group Catalogs. The site, www.conservation-wiki.com, was made possible by a generous grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).

Caring for Your Treasures Brochures
These downloadable brochures offer information on proper care and maintenance of your family heirlooms and works of art to ensure that they are available for future generations to enjoy. 

Conservation Training in the United States
This document lists contact information for training programs in the field of conservation.

How to Choose a Conservator
Read about how to select a conservator before using our Find a Conservator feature to locate a professional near you.

Disaster Response & Recovery
Visit our Disaster Response & Recovery page for information on AIC's Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT) and other disaster response materials.

Health and Safety
Access an archive of guides and information compiled AIC's Health & Safety Committee.

ANAGPIC Student Papers
Learn more about ANAGPIC (the Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property) and read papers and posters presented at the annual student conference.

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