Saving Your Treasures: Native American Items

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Types of Objects

NATIVE AMERICAN ITEMS

 

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Native American (or ethnographic) objects can be made of many different materials, including leather, bone, glass beads, textiles, wood, metals, stone, etc. They are very complex and often very reactive to their environment. Owners should be careful when handling these materials as many historic objects of this nature have been treated with harmful pesticides in the past. Wear gloves when handling these items and wash your hands frequently. These objects are cared for by objects conservators.

If you have any questions, ask a conservator.

Preserving Native American Artifacts Plastics in
Museum Collections
Plastics:
Chemistry
Plastics: Properties
& Technology
Plastics:
History
Plastics:
Deterioration

Plastics:
Preventative Care

Plant Materials:
Structure
Plant Materials:
Chemistry
Plant Materials:
Technology
Plant Materials: Deterioration -
Environmental & Mechanical
Plant Materials: Deterioration -
Chemical & Biological
Plant Materials:
Preventative
Care
Plant Materials:
Integrated Pest Management
Animal Materials:
Skin & Leather
Animal Materials:
Hair, Hooves, Etc.
Animal Materials:
Bones, Shells, Etc.
Animal Materials:
Deterioration
Animal Materials:
Preventative Care

TYPES OF OBJECTS

Books, Bibles, ScrapbooksDishes, Glassware, SilverwareFirearmsFurnitureJewelry
Native American ItemsNatural History SpecimensNewspaperPhotographs
Textiles, Clothing, UniformsTools, Mechanical Objects, InstrumentsToysWorks of Art