Historic Preservation – FAST FACTS

Preservation Fast Facts…


>More than 4.8 Billion Artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections, and archaeological repositories in the United States. 1.3 billion of these items are at risk of being lost.


>Roughly 70 percent of institutions need additional conservation/preservation training for their staff and volunteers.


>A majority of collecting institutions, more than 80 percent, do not have a disaster plan in place that can be executed by trained staff.


>Nearly a quarter of all the 21 million paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art in U.S. collections need conservation treatment or improved care and conditions.


>More than 50 percent of collecting institutions have had their collections damaged by light.


>More than 65 percent of collecting institutions report damage to their collections due to improper storage.


*Source: “A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections,” Library of Congress,


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