Resources for Salvaging Personal Valuables

A number of conservation and heritage preservation organizations provide various resources on salvaging personal valuables after catastrophes. The following may be particularly useful:

Saving Family Treasures Guidelines, from the U.S. National Archives, provides links to numerous resources.

Tips For the Care for Water-Damaged Family Heirlooms and Other Valuables, Salvaging Water Damaged Textiles, and Saving Photographs After the Flood are all part of the Disaster Response & Recovery online resources offered by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections, from the U.S. Library of Congress, includes information on drying wet photos and documents.

Coping with Water Damage is a useful video from the Heritage Preservation organization in the United States.

Still need help with your personal valuables?

If you need to hire a conservator to care for your personal objects, the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators can offer a list of contacts in your area. To have an item appraised, you may want to contact the Canadian Association of Personal Property Appraisers.