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Resources for Conservation Professionals

Conservation OnLine (CoOL) is a freely accessible platform to generate and disseminate vital resources for those working to preserve cultural heritage worldwide. Through the support of the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, CoOL is committed to growing and sustaining these resources into the future. As an authoritative and trusted source of information, CoOL serves to foster, convene, and promote collaboration.

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Use the CoOL Directory: Find People in and around Conservation.

Content on CoOL

The content of CoOL comes from a variety of sources, and we hope that all users will consider contributing some material to the project. As you use the server, please pay attention to lacunae that you might be able to help fill. If this is your first time here, please read an important message about copyright. If you would like to contribute material to CoOL, please send a note to wh. To report problems or offer suggestions, select the   links at the bottom of each page.

Why I Give to CoOL

by Richard McCoy
Did you know that nearly three-quarters of a million people will have visited Conservation OnLine this year alone? And that these visitors will have come from just about every country on the planet? While the majority of these visitors are from the U.S., this amount and variety of web traffic is a testament to the greatness and global importance of CoOL... read more


A sample of areas covered on this site...

Conservation of Cultural Property: Art conservation, Paintings conservation, Paper conservation, Photographic materials conservation, Book conservation, Sculpture conservation, Objects conservation, Artifact conservation, Wood conservation, Textile conservation

Materials: Archaeological materials, Architectural materials, Archives materials, Artifacts, Artists' materials, Electronic media, Electronic records, Historic materials, Library materials, Manuscripts, Modern materials, Museum materials, Natural history collections

Subjects: Biodeterioration, Collections care, Conservation education & training, Conservation science, Conservation suppliers, Conservation treatment, Conservators, Copyright, Degradation of materials, Digital imaging, Disaster planning, Documentation, Ethics, Health & Safety, Intellectual Property, Library Binding, Mass deacidification, Mold, Pest management, Preservation-related organizations, Reprographics, Restoration, Terminology



CoOL Hosted Sites:

ACTS Facts Archive


Student Conference Papers


Photograph Conservation Initiative


(Archaelogical Conservators in Turkey)

Video Preservation


(Western Association for Art Conservation)

CoOL Hosted Archives:

Abbey Newsletter/ Alkaline Paper Advocate

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC)

Journal of Conservation & Museum Studies (JCMS)

Visit AIC and FAIC:

AIC Homepage