Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online
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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 different institutions to include several reference collections. Learn more about CAMEO.
To use CAMEO, select any of the databases on the left or simply search by entering text into the search box at the top right.
- Materials Database: chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials.
- Dye Analysis: text
- Fiber Reference Image Library: A database of images of textile fibers acquired through the use of multiple microscopic techniques, created with support from the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology (NCPTT).
- Forbes Pigment Database: text
- 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.
- Asian Textile Database: Textiles used in East Asian painting in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art
March 3, 2020
February 12, 2020
AIC MATERIALS WORKING GROUP
January 15, 2020
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.
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