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An introduction to the Conservation Collection, over 50,000 titles on topics related to the science of preserving cultural heritage materials.

Created 2006, updated 2017.
Author: Cameron Trowbridge


The Conservation Collection is housed in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute. It represents an ongoing collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Research Institute.

Within its general focus on the management, conservation, and protection of cultural property, the 7 main areas of the Conservation Collection are:

Movable cultural property
Built heritage
Archaeological conservation
Conservation science (including methods and technologies used in assessment and preservation)
Materials and materials science
Education and training methods
Policy and management issues
The holdings of the Conservation Collection may be consulted at the Getty Center or borrowed through your Library's Interlibrary Loan Department.

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For more information about how to search, please consult the Guide to Searching the Conservation Collection (PDF, 193KB).

Scope of the Collection

The Conservation Collection, with its emphasis on conservation, management, and protection of cultural property, both movable (held by museums or libraries) and immovable (architecture, cultural heritage sites), complements the general and special collections of the Research Library that focus on the history of the visual arts, architecture, archaeology, and the humanities. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of conservation, the Conservation Collection includes research resources ranging from the pure and applied sciences, such as chemistry and materials science, to humanities-based disciplines, such as history and archaeology.

To read more about the nature of the Conservation Collection, consult the Collection Development Policy for the Conservation Collection (PDF, 215KB, updated 2015).


For reference assistance in the use of the Conservation Collection, to recommend a specific title or to make a donation to the Conservation Collection, contact the GCI Information Center.