Assessments & Surveys

Assessments & Surveys

On-site organizational assessments evaluate the physical and intellectual environment of an institution as it influences collection preservation and conservation (exhibition, storage, and climate control) and make recommendations for improvement.

Object-by-object condition surveys describe the condition and preservation/conservation needs for individual objects and help establish priorities for collections care. They include time and cost estimates for treatment, rehousing, and appropriate storage. Survey reports are valuable tools for curatorial decision making, establishing a preservation strategy, and determining priority care.  Importantly, many federal and state granting agencies require assessments and collection-based surveys before funds will be allocated for the conservation of individual works in a collection.

ICA conservators can also make annual or seasonal visits to your institution, to monitor changes in preservation conditions and make recommendations for improvement as necessary.

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