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Key Resources: Seismic Retrofitting
Online resources, organizations, and networks related to seismic retrofitting. From Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring 2015.
Evaluation of Cellulose Ethers for Conservation
Describes chemical character of cellulose ethers and establishes approximate ranking of relative stability of each generic chemical subclass.
Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer
A series of workshops to disseminate new procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information about lacquered objects.
Assessment of the Susceptibility to Biodeterioration of ...
The present study represents large-scale attempt to screen preservative coatings for microbial susceptibility prior to their application on objects.
Consensus Building, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution for ...
Nine papers on challenges in heritage place management, and relevant dispute resolution and consensus building approaches.
Conservation Practices on Archaeological Excavations (News ...
Announcement of publication on principles and methods for conservation on archaeological excavations. From Vol.28.2, Fall 2013.
From the Field: Conserving Southern California's Modern ...
December 2014 public program highlighting 6 L.A. preservation projects.
Newsletter 15.1 Spring 2000
Newsletter essay considering the implications of cultural tourism for conservation and site management.
Reducing Seismic Vulnerability (Article)
Discusses retrofitting historic buildings. From Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring 2015.
Conference: Mortality Immortality? The Legacy of 20th ...
A summary of a conference sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute devoted to issues regarding the preservation of contemporary art.
Illustrated Glossary: Mosaics in Situ Project
Aim of this glossary is to establish a common vocabulary for recording of conditions and interventions on in situ floor mosaics.
DISCO: Data Integration for Conservation Science
A project to develop data integration tools to facilitate extraction and sharing of conservation-related information.
Newsletter 15.1 Spring 2000
Newsletter essay considering the implications of conservation for cultural heritage as well as material culture.
Collection Environments Issue, Fall 2014
PDF Edition of the entire newsletter, including articles, roundtable discussion, list of key resources, and news items. Vol. 29.2.
Presentation and Interpretation in Cave 85 (News Item)
Raised platform and new lighting enhance visitor experience at Mogao Grottoes cave. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
Modern and Contemporary Art Symposia (News Item)
Recap of FAR-SITED , Abstract Expressionism, and Media in Transition conferences co-organized by GCI. Vol. 31.1, Spring 2016.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park: A Case Study
A values-based case study of this historic site in New Mexico, USA. 1 of 4 case studies undertaken by the GCI's Research on the Values of Heritage project.
Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment
Developing methodologies and tools to guide the design of new buildings in historic contexts and assess their impacts.
Developing A Historic Thematic Framework to Assess ...
Report from a 2011 meeting of ICOMOS ISC20 thematic framework subcommittee members and invitees.
The Legal and Ethical Consideration of Mural Conservation ...
Essay begins with discussion of federal law, the Visual Artists Rights Act, then discusses California law and California Art Preservation Act (CAPA).
Newsletter 14.3 Fall 1999 (Getty Conservation)
Newsletter essay examining the contributions of international conservation organizations.
Archaeological Sites: Conservation and Management
Features more than 70 influential texts on the conservation & management of archaeological sites.
"Conservation of Public Art" issue. Fall 2012 (PDF Edition)
Entire newsletter, including articles, roundtable discussion, list of key resources, and news items. Vol. 27.2.
Southern African Rock Art Project
Overview and details of a GCI project to strengthen rock art preservation, conservation, accessibility, and management in the Southern African region.
Recording, Documentation, Info. Mgmt. Initiative (RecorDIM) ...
Overview and details of a GCI project to identify and bridge the gaps between providers of recording and documentation tools and their users.
Mosaics at Archaeological Sites: Training for Site Managers
Series of regional training courses in the conservation and management of archaeological sites.
Stone Conservation | Getty Conservation Institute
Materials adapted from the 2003 International Course on Stone Conservation in Rome.
Conservation and Care of Sculptural Monuments (Article)
Examines conservation issues related to these outdoor works. From Vol. 27.2, Fall 2012.
The Ideal Climate, Risk Management, the ASHRAE Chapter ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Earthen Architecture Initiative
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute initiative to advance the conservation of earthen architecture worldwide.
ARIS (20052009)
Overview and details of the Getty Conservation Institute and ICCROM sponsored advanced course in architectural conservation, ARIS.
UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic ...
Information on the master's degree program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation offered by UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Trust.
Assessing the Values of Cultural Heritage: Research Report
Focuses on methods of identifying, articulating, and establishing cultural significance. 3rd in a series from Research on Values of Heritage project.
Visitor Management and Carrying Capacity at World Heritage ...
Extended abstracts of presentations from this 2013 international colloquium at the Mogao Grottoes.
Organic Materials in Wall Paintings (20032010)
Overview and details of a GCI project to improve wall paintings conservation through identification of organic materials used as binders.
Personal Viewpoints: Thoughts about Paintings Conservation
Features papers from a Getty Museum conference exploring the nature of paintings conservation.
Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site: A Case Study
A values-based case study of this historic site in England. 1 of 4 case studies undertaken by the GCIs Research on the Values of Heritage project.
Lecture: Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Modern and ...
Details and video of a live panel discussion presented by the Getty Conservation Institute in April 2009.
Project Terra Research Meeting, Summary Report
Project Terra partners to discussed research needs in the field of earthen architecture conservation.
Conserving Concrete Heritage Experts Meeting Report
Summary of a 2014 experts meeting on conservation of historic concrete buildings and structures.
Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites with ...
Announcement of Conservation & Management of Archaeological Site with Mosaics course to be held in Cyprus in 2014. From Vol. 28.1, Spring 2013.
Cave of the Silken Web
Outdoor screening of this 1927 Chinese silent film in the Getty Museum courtyard.
Seismic Retrofitting
News from February 2013 campaign to Peru for GCI's Seismic Retrofitting Project. From Vol. 28.1, Spring 2013.
Projects, events, and publications
List of new items in the 30th Anniversary issue. From Vol. 30, No. 2, Fall 2015.
Science Dept. | Getty Conservation Institute
Conducting research into a broad range of issues.
Illustrated Glossary: Technician Training for the Maintenance ...
This accompanying glossary to handbook, Technician Training for the Maintenance of In Situ Mosaics, provides definitions of terms commonly used. Available in English and French.
Conservation and Rehabilitation Plan for Kasbah of Taourirt ...
Update on this project to create a methodology for preserving and reusing this traditional ensemble. From Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring 2015.
Newsletter 19.2 Summer 2004
Newsletter feature article on the use of heritage charters and conventions.
The Conservation and Management of the Tomb of ...
Bibliography covers areas related to research needs of the GCI conservation project to conserve and manage Tutankhamen's tomb.
Newsletter 31.2: Conserving Modern Paints (Spring 2016)
Table of contents for Conservation Perspectives: The Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter, vol. 31, no. 2 (2016).
Conference: Ancient and Historic Metals: Conservation and ...
Summary of a symposium that addressed the technology, history, structure, and corrosion of ancient and historic metalwork.
Environmental Management for Collections
Announcement of the publication of this book from Getty Publications. From Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring 2015.
Workshop Transcripts Available Online (News Item)
Transcripts from AIA workshops on archaeology and conservation practice sponsored by GCI. Vol. 31.1, Spring 2016.
Epoxy Resins in Stone Conservation
A publication on the use of epoxy resins in building stone treatments.
Newsletter 16.2 Summer 2001
Newsletter article discussing the development of a series of case studies exemplifying values-driven site management.
A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photograph ...
Synthesizes research completed to date as well as international standards established on conservation of photo collections.
Dunhuang Cave Art
Peter Sellars and Robert Thurman discuss Dunhuang and Vimalakirti Sutra as sources of inspiration.
Conservation of Wall Paintings (19851991)
A summary of a 3-year diploma course on the conservation of wall paintings sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Grosse le and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site: A ...
A values-based case study of this historic site in Canada. 1 of 4 case studies undertaken by the GCIs Research on the Values of Heritage project.
Statistical Analysis in Art Conservation Research
Examines how statistical analyses have been handled in published conservation research studies and to suggest alternative approaches.
Cleaning of Paintings (19871989)
A summary of training courses that emphasized the use of new methods and materials for the cleaning of paintings sponsored by the GCI.
Conservation of the Last Judgment Mosaic, St. Vitus Cathedral ...
Selected papers from the 2001 international symposium marking completion of the mosaic conservation.
Solvent Gels for the Cleaning of Works of Art
Examines gels cleaning treatment of paintings and painted works of art.
Proceedings 9th World Congress of the Organization of World ...
Proceedings from the Organization of World Heritage Cities 9th World Congress.
Newsletter 15.3 Fall 2000
Newsletter dialogue with conservators from the J. Paul Getty Museum about the surface cleaning of objects in museum collections.
Experts' Bibliography
Selected research in climate management from participants in the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies.
Nature of Conservation: A Race Against Time
The Nature of Conservation: A Race Against Time. English-language and Spanish-language editions and 2010 prefaces. Available in five sections as downloadable PDF files.
Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces

Managing Collection Environments Meeting (News Item)
Article on June 2015 experts meeting to explore epidemiological approaches in preventive conservation. From Vol. 30, No. 2, Fall 2015.
Newsletter 20.1 Spring 2005
Newsletter article examining collaboration in the preservation of ethnographic and archaeological objects.
Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings Proceedings (1998 ...
Proceedings of a Symposium at the J. Paul Getty Museum, April 1995. Available in four separate sections as downloadable PDF files.
Newsletter 22.2 Spring 2007
Newsletter roundtable discussion on the conservation of outdoor sculpture.
Newsletter 16.2 Summer 2001
Newsletter article examining the China Principles--national guidelines for the conservation and management of cultural heritage sites in China.
Lessons Learned: Reflecting on the Theory and Practice of ...
Proceedings from the 9th triennial meeting of the International Committee for Conservation of Mosaics in 2005.
Conference: Seismic Protection of Historic Buildings and ...
An international colloquium that reviewed seismic stabilization of historic buildings and monuments sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Seismic Retrofitting Project: Assessment of Prototype ...
Damage and construction assessments developed for 4 earthen sites in Peru representative of building typologies in Latin America.
Conservation of Shuxiang Temple, Chengde (News Item)
Update on this comprehensive case study at this World Heritage Site in China. From Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring 2015.
Newsletter 19.2 Summer 2004
Newsletter roundtable discussion about heritage charters and conventions.
Directors' Retreats (2002-2008)
Details of a GCI project to enhance conservation education by providing retreat opportunities for senior-level educators.
Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA) - Jordan ...
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to develop a GIS for the Department of Antiquities in Jordan.
Ephemeral Monuments: History and Conservation of ...
Explores questions and dilemmas faced by those who care for art installations.
Consensus Building, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution for ...
Announcement of the publication of proceedings of this 2009 workshop. Vol. 31.1, Spring 2016.
MOSAIKON Update (News Item)
Information on recent technician training and model field-project work for this initiative. From Vol. 27.2, Fall 2012
Historic Places LA (News Item)
City of L.A. and the GCI launch this online information system in February 2015. From Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring 2015.
Eames House Conservation (News Item)
GCI and Eames Foundation are developing a conservation & maintenance plan for house. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
The Lumire Autochrome: History, Technology, and ...
The story of the first industrially produced form of color photography.
Disaster Preparedness and Response (1992)
A summary of a workshop on emergency planning for collecting institutions sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conservation of Archaeological Sites in the Mediterranean ...
Publication, from a 1995 conference, intended to convey discussions and recommendations that identify principal issues and propose possible resolutions.
Valley of the Queens
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project for the conservation and management of the Valley of the Queens in Luxor, Egypt.
Color Science in the Examination of Museum Objects ...
Overview of theoretical concepts as well as hands-on guidance on application of color science.
Terra Consortium: Guidelines for Institutional Collaboration
A document outlining the establishment of Project Terra.
Conference: National Summit on Emergency Response (1994 ...
A summary of a conference that focused on the development of a national emergency infrastructure to safeguard cultural heritage.
Insect Control with the Fumigant Vikane (19861990)
Overview and details of a past GCI project to investigate potential adverse effects of Vikane on museum artifacts and historic structures.
Chinese Colleagues at the GCI (News Item)
Colleagues arrived for a 3-month training and capacity building program. From Vol. 27.2, Fall 2012
Heritage Values in Site Management
Four case studies examining the creations and management of heritage values.
Changing Views of Textile Conservation
Eighty-one readings in the practice of textile conservation.
Evaluation of Lime-Based Hydraulic Injection Grouts for ...
A manual of laboratory and field test methods to test, evaluate, and select appropriate injection grouts for architectural surfaces.
Historical Perspectives in the Conservation of Works of Art on ...
A compilation of more than 95 texts tracing development of conservation of works of art on paper.
The Use of Oxygen-Free Environments in the Control of ...
Discusses use of nitrogen as the inert gas used to replace oxygen and types of treatment chambers.
Permanence and Application of Conservation Materials (1983 ...
Overview and details of a past GCI program of research into the permanence and application of conservation materials.