Pacific Asia Museum (PAM) is requesting IMLS support to engage the services
of a team of professional conservation specialists who will perform a general
conservation survey of the museum's collections and the historic structure
within which the collections are stored and displayed.
In order to address and balance the various and possibly conflicting
preservation issues at PAM, the museum has assembled a team of consultants to
work with PAM staff to survey the collections and assemble the data needed to
set institutional goals for overall collections care. The team will include a
decorative arts conservator, a textile conservator, a book and paper
conservator, an environmental scientist, and an architectural preservationist.
PAM's collections manager will serve as project manager. She will be assisted by
PAM's registrar and work directly with PAM's executive director and senior
Each team member will concentrate on surveying and reporting on that part of the
museum's collections which matches her or his area of specialization. They will,
however, work closely enough to arrive at an internally consistent final report
that sets forth their collective recommendations for future conservation care at
The general goals, objectives, and plan of work for the consultants are based on
recommendations contained in the publication The Conservation Assessment: A Tool
for Planning, Implementing, and Fundraising, developed jointly by The Getty
Conservation Institute and the National Institute for the Conservation of
Cultural Property. The project will include three phases: information gathering,
reflection and interpretation, report and recommendations.