Written and photographic documentation are an essential part of any conservation treatment and are required by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in their Standards of Practice. Our policy is thus to write an Examination Report and a Post Treatment Report which will document the treatment and materials used on the textile. A before and after digital photographic record will be taken and kept on file at TCW as a visual comparison of conservation treatment. This is a required first step for any treatment. The initial treatment report is a required document that details the steps, materials and time to treat the textile.
Documentation for Insurance Claims is also a service provided by our center. The TCW can prepare an Examination and Proposed Treatment Report with estimated cost of treatment, and expected results of treatment to facilitate resolution of the claims process for insurance companies. This documentation can be prepared at TCW if the damaged textiles are able to be transported or a conservator can travel for an on-site consultation (see Services). Our staff is trained to help navigate the documentation process when recovery of collections is sought from FEMA, SBA, NEH, NEA, NCPTT and IMLS.