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Natural History Specimens

Natural history specimens such as bird mounts, animal mounts and mineral specimens are extremely fragile and can be made from many different materials including leather, bone, glass, wood, stone, metal, etc. They are very complex and often very reactive to their environment. Some are susceptible to pest attack and many historic organic specimens have been treated with harmful pesticides in the past. Owners should be careful when handling these materials. Wear gloves and wash your hands frequently when handling these items.

These objects are cared for by objects conservators, some of whom have specialized in natural history objects.

More Resources (pdf)
Cleaning Organic Materials


If you have any questions, ask a conservator.


Preservation Principles

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Types of Objects
   Books / Bibles / Scrapbooks
   Works of Art
   Textiles / Clothing / Uniforms
   Tools / Mechanical / Instruments
   Dishes / Glassware / Silverware
   Native American Items

   Natural History Specimens

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