Preservation. Preventing deterioration or destruction. Curators are charged with the preservation of specimens in their control. But this does not exist only at museums and public collections, but also by private collectors in the preservation of items in their collections. It includes the housing, storing, proper shipping and protection during any exhibition. It attempts to eliminate any damage as nicks or scratches from mishandling, deterioration of surface condition and protection from chemical and physical deterioration. In effect, we are beholden to every collector and curator in the past who has had custody of every item currently in existence in both public and private collections. Likewise, every collector and curator has an inherent obligation to preserve specimens in their own collections today for the generations of collectors of the future.
excerpted with permission from
For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor