Preservation Lab

As part of annual Archives Month activities, the California State Archives will be holding a free one-day Preservation Workshop on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. The workshop will be held in Sacramento at the California State Archives’ 5,000 square foot Preservation Lab that is used to preserve and repair the Archives’ holdings as well as prepare material for exhibition.

This hands-on workshop will be open to fourteen (14) individuals currently working as staff or volunteers at archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, or related institutions and will teach some basic preservation techniques for repairing paper-based materials. Topics to be covered include surface cleaning, mending tears, and flattening methods suitable for small institutions. Space is limited, so not all who apply may be admitted to the workshop.

2019 Preservation Workshop Application (PDF)

Applications for the 2019 workshop are now available! Applications will be accepted until September 6th, 2019. Applications should be fully completed and received at the State Archives no later than Friday, September 6th, 2019. Applications should be typed or clearly printed in black ink and mailed to:

Preservation Lab, California State Archives

1020 "O" Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Or submitted by email to

Within a week of submission, applicants should receive a confirmation that their application form was received. If applicants do not receive confirmation or would like further information about the workshop, Please contact: Juan Ramos at email address: Or call (916) 695-1118.