The Conservation
Assessment Program

Transition Statement

The Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) has been a joint project of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Heritage Preservation since its inception in 1990. Primary funding for this program has come from IMLS, with program implementation managed by Heritage Preservation.

While Heritage Preservation is currently in the midst of an organizational transition, IMLS and Heritage Preservation have mutually decided that we will be unable to process applications for the 2015 CAP cycle.

We greatly appreciate the expertise and commitment of the program’s assessors, as well as the dedicated museums that have used their CAP reports to greatly increase collections care in their institutions. CAP has provided nearly 3,000 museums with the conservation foundation they needed to help protect and preserve their collections. We would especially like to acknowledge and thank the nearly 50 assessors who have supported and remained active in this program from the beginning. Your work has made a difference.

IMLS remains committed to the exemplary stewardship of collections entrusted to the care of museums throughout the nation.  Please watch the IMLS website for news of ongoing and new developments to support this important work.



Claudia D. French
Deputy Director for Museums
Institute of Museum and Library Services


Thomas F. R. Clareson
Acting President
Heritage Preservation


During this period of transition, we would like to continue to provide access to the following resources:
Funding for Collections Care
Past CAP Participant Search Page
CAPabilities Archive


The Impact of CAP
CAP is often the impetus for dramatic change within an institution. Below are images of the the General Lew Wallace Museum and Study's (GLWMS) flood-prone basement and attic before and after the museum's 2004 CAP assessment.

The museum, located in in Crawfordsville, Indiana, was successful in obtaining funding to purchase new archival shelving following its participation in CAP. Success in obtaining other grants led to the Carriage House Rehabilitation Project, which converted attic space into archival storage and allowed the Museum to additional climated controlled collections storage.