The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) is the national membership organization of conservation professionals dedicated to preserving our cultural heritage. Founded in 1972, AIC's mission is to advance the practice and promote the importance of the preservation of cultural property. It fulfills this mission by establishing and upholding professional standards, offering education programs, and coordinating the exchange of knowledge, research, and publications. It plays a growing international leadership role as it expands its services to the field and serves a membership of more than 3,500.
Conservators specialize in a broad range of materials, as reflected in the activities of AIC specialty groups, to which nearly all AIC members belong. Specialty groups include architecture, book and paper, electronic media, objects, paintings, photographic materials, textiles, wooden artifacts, and research and technical studies. AIC has an additional specialty group of conservators in private practice, as well as two new professional networks: the Emerging Conservation Professionals Network and the Collection Care Network.