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Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online

The Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online (CAMEO) is a database that compiles, defines, and disseminates technical information on the distinct collection of terms, materials, and techniques used in the fields of art conservation and historic preservation. First developed as a materials database in 1997 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston it has expanded with the cooperation of multiple institutions to include several reference collections. Learn more about CAMEO.

To use CAMEO, select any of the databases on the left or below, or simply search by entering text into the search box at the top right.

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Materials Database
A searchable database of chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials.

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Reference Collections

Materials Working Group
Materials Working Group
Information on materials used for the exhibition, storage and transport of cultural heritage objects created by the Materials Working Group under the American Institute for Conservation.
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Fiber Reference Image Library
A database for the identification of fibers using multiple microscopic techniques, created with support from the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology (NCPTT).
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Dye Analysis
A database of reference dye materials and samples from cultural artifacts analyzed using liquid chromatography, coupled with diode array and mass spectrometer detectors (LC/DAD/MS).
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Asian Textile Database
A database of textiles used in mountings of East Asian paintings with data on fabric type, pattern, and color created in partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, Freer and Sackler galleries.
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Uemura Dye Archive
A collection of 744 dyed fabrics prepared in the early 20th century by Uemura Rokuro, a scholar of traditional dyeing techniques in Japan.

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Forbes Pigment Database
An inventory and analysis of Forbes pigment samples currently dispersed amoung the various museums. The core collection, the Forbes Pigment Collection is housed at the Harvard Art Museums.
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Ukiyo-e Print Colorant Database
A database of colorants used in Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo period with XRF, FORS, and EEM analysis.

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XX, 2020

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The Asian Textile Database in partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, Freer and Sackler galleries is now online.

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, in cooperation with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has created the Asian Textile Database, an open-access resource to facilitate the international study and appreciation of Asian textiles. Begun in 2005 as a digital inventory of textiles used to mount East Asian scrolls, conservators working with textile scholars realized the impact this growing resource of technical data could have on research in the field. The Asian Textile Database invites art historians, conservators and conservation scientist to share information, collections and cooperate in building this international research tool.


July, 2020


The CAMEO homepage now has a new logo and look!

We would like to thank Scott Na'auao of Welcome Stranger for his generosity in designing the new logo. Thank you!


June, 2020

AIC Wiki

The Materials Selection and Specification Working Group (MWG) at the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) is leading an effort to provide a resource bank of information that will help develop best practices in selection of materials used in the preservation, transport, and display of cultural heritage. CAMEO has been designated as the platform for the consolidated information on materials with new sets of information added under the headers: Applications, Personal Risks, Collection Risks, Environmental Risks, Working Properties, and Forms/Sizes. The ‘Additional Information’ field will contain links to the Oddy Test results residing in the AIC Wiki. The ‘Environmental Risks’ section will be populated with information developed as part of the recently funded NEH grant for Life Cycle Assessment of materials and treatments used in cultural conservation. CAMEO will also provide links to the Life Cycle Assessment tool that will enable the comparison of carbon footprints for over 3000 materials.
View: Materials Working Group Database

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