Conservation Analytical Laboratory Established

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In 1968, the Conservation Analytical Laboratory is established as an independent unit to support museum curators in authenticity studies and the preservation of artifacts. It had begun in 1966 as part of the U.S. National Museum but in 1968 was expanded to include training of conservators and work with all Smithsonian museums.


  • Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL)
  • Museum Conservation Institute
  • Museum Conservation Institute


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • The Conservation Analytical Laboratory has been renamed the Museum Conservation Institute. See Smithsonian Archives, Accession 15-273.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the Year 1966. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1966, p. 52.
  • Smithsonian Year, 1968, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1968, p. v.
  • United States National Museum 1964 Annual Report. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, p. 55.
  • SIA General Agreements File, CAL or SCMRE
  • The name of the Conservation Analytical Laboratory was changed to the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education on January 26, 1998.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




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