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Cultural Organizations


There are a variety of organizations, both international and regional, that are dedicated to the preservation of cultural patrimony. Such agencies may provide funding, technical support and training.
International Sources:
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): This organization funds many cultural heritage programs along with its offshoot, ICCROM.

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM): ICCROM was created by UNESCO to specifically address the conservation of cultural property. Web pages can be accessed in both English and French.

Organization of American States (OAS): Programa Regional de Desarrollo Cultural: The OAS works to protect cultural property in its member states, including library and archive materials. In Spanish.

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA): Core Programme for the Advancement of Librarianship in the Third World: This subunit of IFLA funds training and education projects internationally.

Institutes and Organizations Working in the Preservation Field: Mainly for Europe, but displays some international focus.

Roerich Pact: An agreement between American nations on the protection of artistic, historical and scientific institutions.

Cuenca Declaration: International pact on curbing the illegal traffic of cultural property.

Regional Sources:

Comissão de Patrimônio Cultural: This program, out Universidade de São Paulo, promotes the conservation and identification of cultural property. The University also maintains a database on cultural patrimony. In Portuguese.

Artes e Historia: Still under construction, this Mexican source is developing sections on "restauración" and "bibliotecas y liberías."

Getty Foundation: Located in Santa Monica, California, USA, the Getty Institute provides funds for the training of Latin American conservators, as well as for conservation projects in Latin America.

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