Organic and Animal Materials


This is the page where you can find introductory information about how to care for the organic & animal materials in your museum collection.

Best Practices

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute has a page on The Care and Handling of Ivory Objects.

Connecting to Collections Online Community has a recording available on “The Care of Leather and Fur.”

The Minnesota Historical Society provides an overview for identifying, caring, repairing, and properly displaying leather and fur collections.

Nicole Worthley of the University of Delaware compiled this report on Preserving and Protecting Leather in Medical Collections, though its lessons can be used for leather in many contexts. The report addresses protecting, restoring, and reshaping leather as well as addressing other common problems. She also provides further resources.