Q: How do I find someone to help preserve or restore a textile for me?

A: The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) offers a referral service for conservators in private practice and regional conservation centers. Phone (202) 452-9545 or (fax) 202-452-9328. AIC.

Also, check the website of the Canadian Conservation Institute and then search the Conservation Information Database.

If you are looking for local assistance, you might contact museums in your immediate area and ask for a curator’s, registrar’s, or conservator’s recommendations and suggestions.

For southwestern textiles specifically, please read the article, “Some Comments on the Care of Navajo Textiles” by Dr. Nancy Odegaard, Conservator, Head of Preservation, Arizona State Museum, at www.statemuseum.arizona.edu (select “Preservation” from the menu and follow the links) or click here.

Here is a list of regional conservation facilities listed by AIC. Although not all may address textile conservation specifically, many will be able to make further recommendations to assist in your search for advice on textile preservation. For other resources, click Links to search within this website.

REGIONAL FACILITIES

  • AMIGOS Preservation Service
    Suite 500 12200 Park Central Drive
    Dallas, TX 75251
    800/843-8482
  • Balboa Art Conservation Center
    P.O. Box 3755
    San Diego, CA 92103-0240
    619/236-9702
  • Center for Conservation & Technical Studies
    Harvard University
    32 Quincy Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    617/495-2392
  • Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
    264 South 23rd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    215/545 0613
  • Division for Historic Preservation
    Collections Care Center
    Waterford, NY 12188
    518/237-8090
  • Intermuseum Conservation Association
    Allen Art Building
    Oberlin, OH 44074
    216/775-7331
  • Midwest Art Conservation Association (MACC)
    2400 Third Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    612/870-3120, fax 612/870-3118
    info@preserveart.org, www.preserveart.org
  • Northeast Document Conservation Center
    100 Brickstone Square
    Andover, MA 01810-1428
    508/470-1010
  • Pacific Regional Conservation Center
    Bishop Museum
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    808/847-3511
  • Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities–Conservation Center
    Lyman Estate
    185 Lyman Street
    Waltham, MA 02154
    617/891-1985
  • Textile Conservation Center–Museum of American Textile History
    800 Massachusetts Avenue
    North Andover, MA 01845
    508/686-0191
  • Textile Conservation Workshop
    Main Street
    South Salem, NY 10590
    914/763-5805
  • Williamstown Regional Art Conservation Laboratory
    225 South Street
    Williamstown, MA 01267
    413/458-5741

INDIVIDUAL RESTORERS OF TEXTILES

The GFR Tapestry Program makes no claims concerning these or any other individuals who offer cleaning and restoration services, and provides this unranked listing simply as a public service. Readers are encouraged to review the AIC and ASM websites recommended above before making any contacts.

  • Alice Blohm, New York, NY
    (212)243-8157
  • Nancy Boomhower
    Textile Conservation and Restoration Studio
    222 South Market Street
    Girard, OH 44420
    (330) 545-1936
  • Davis Textile Restoration
    Contact: Deborah Davis
    1420 Turin Drive
    Longmont, CO 80503
    (303)772-1100
    info@davisrestoration.com
    www.davisrestoration.com
  • Denise Haynes, Vail, AZ
    (520)586-3749
  • Pam Hill, Pagosa Springs, CO
    (970)731-0697
  • Patricia Hughes and Marion MacDonald conservators
    Email UK, phughes@albionconservation.com
    Tel: + 0131 447 4543 / 07910135446
    Email USA: mfmacdonald@albionconservation.com
    Tel: + 707 632 6841
    Albion Conservation Consultancy
    Conservators work in the UK and California
  • Robert Mann, Denver, CO
    (303)292-9865
  • Sharon Shore, Culver City, CA
    (310)838-6162
  • Nanette Skov, Tucson, AZ
    (520)648-6114
    nanetteskov@hotmail.com

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