RAP

REGIONAL
ALLIANCE for
PRESERVATION

The Regional Alliance for Preservation provides information and resources on preservation and conservation for cultural institutions and the public throughout the United States.


Related Organizations


American Association of Museums

Founded in 1906, the American Association of Museums (AAM) is dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum community. Through advocacy, professional education, information exchange, accreditation, and guidance on current professional standards of performance, AAM assists museum staff, boards and volunteers across the country to better serve the public. Every type of museum is represented by the more than 3,100 institutional members, including art, history, science, military and maritime, and youth museums, as well as aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, historic sites, and science and technology centers.
 

American Association of State and Local History

Almost one hundred years after the first organization was created to serve and support the burgeoning field of state and local history, AASLH is providing services and leadership to thousands of institutional and individual members. It is the only comprehensive national organization dedicated to state and local history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH serves a membership, which directly reflects the kaleidoscopic demographics of the field itself. Most history organizations in the United States are small, volunteer led and, often, volunteer staffed. They have small budgets and limited staff resources. AASLH is the national organization known for serving this special audience. For this diverse membership, with its many various circumstances, needs and wants, AASLH has fashioned a roster of programs and services that are meeting members' needs and progressively advancing the goals and standards of the field. 
 

American Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works (AIC)

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is the national membership organization of conservation professionals dedicated to preserving the art and historic artifacts of our cultural heritage for future generations. Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas on conservation, AIC advances the practice and promotes the importance of the preservation of cultural property by coordinating the exchange of knowledge, research, and publications. AIC's Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice defines appropriate conduct for the field. AIC members are practicing conservators, conservation scientists, educators, administrators, collections care professionals, technicians, and students; archivists, curators, and other museum and library professionals; and architects and art historians. AIC also welcomes members from other disciplines who are interested in conservation. 
 

American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. ALA offers professional services and publications to members and nonmembers, including online news stories from American Libraries and analysis of crucial issues from the Washington Office.
 

Association for Preservation Technology International

The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is the premier cross-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. With members in 28 countries, APT connects a network of architects, conservators, tradespeople, consultants, planners, curators, landscape architects, engineers, developers, educators, engineers, historians, apprentices and students. 
 

Association of Records Management Administrators International

ARMA International is a not-for-profit association and the leading authority on managing records and information – paper and electronic. The association was established in 1955. Its approximately 10,000 members include records managers, archivists, corporate librarians, imaging specialists, legal professionals, IT managers, consultants, and educators, all of whom work in a wide variety of industries, including government, legal, healthcare, financial services, and petroleum in the United States, Canada, and 30-plus other countries. 
 

Canadian Conservation Institute

From leading-edge research to innovative approaches, the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) is recognized as a pioneer in the conservation of cultural heritage.CCI has played an important role in assessing and developing the processes and materials used in conservation. Recognized as a world leader in the area of preventive conservation, the Institute has developed a comprehensive framework for preserving museum collections.
 

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization. Through publications, projects, and programs, CLIR works to maintain and improve access to information for generations to come. In partnership with other institutions, CLIR helps create services that expand the concept of "library" and supports the providers and preservers of information.
 

Heritage Preservation

Heritage Preservation is working to save the objects that embody our history, partnering with conservators, museums, civic groups, and concerned individuals across the nation who care about preserving pieces of our shared and individual pasts. Heritage Preservation helps museums, libraries, and individuals preservation advice through its Conservation Assessment Program, educational publications, and disaster preparedness activities.


The Image Permanence Institute (IPI)

IPI is a nonprofit, university-based laboratory devoted to preservation research. It is the world’s largest independent laboratory with this specific scope.  IPI provides information, consulting services, practical tools and preservation technology to libraries, archives, and museums worldwide. The imaging and consumer preservation industries also use IPI’s consulting, testing and educational services.


National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators

NAGARA is the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators. It is an association dedicated to the improvement of federal, state, and local government records and information management. NAGARA's Core Purpose is to promote the availability of our documentary legacy by improving the quality of records and information management at all levels of government. 
 

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America's communities. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to protect the irreplaceable places that tell America’s story. Staff at the Washington, D.C., headquarters, six regional offices and 26 historic sites work with the Trust’s 270,000 members and thousands of preservation groups in all 50 states. 
 

Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 4,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.

 

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Other Education and Training Opportunities



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American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is the national membership organization of conservation professionals dedicated to preserving the art and historic artifacts of our cultural heritage for future generations, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on conservation.


Campbell Center

The Campbell Center offers continuing education in historic preservation, museum studies, preventive collections care, and conservation. The Center offers the participant a scholarship-supported program of certification in preventive collections care for the beginning, mid-career, and senior-level heritage professional.


Preservation Education Directory, American Library Association (ALA)

This directory represents the array of informal and formal preservation courses and workshops currently available in the United States and Canada. This listing is not necessarily comprehensive, since inclusion required the organizations and institutions to respond to a survey, e-mail, or phone inquiry from the compilers.


Rare Book School at the University of Virginia

Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent non-profit educational institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Founded in 1983, it moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.


Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 4,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.