The North American Textile Conservation Conference was founded as an international forum to share research, theory and practice in the field of textile conservation, and foster collaboration. This is achieved by holding a biennial conference with training sessions and presentations, and disseminating the conference papers to participants, and the wider conservation and museum communities.
The North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC) was founded in 1994. As stated in the group's Bylaws, the purposes of the NATCC are to improve the quality of textile conservation through discussion of current practices and research by organizing a biennial conference and publishing the papers presented at the biennial conference. These Preprints are distributed to the conference attendees. Preprints are also made available to the wider museum community.
NATCC was incorporated in the State of New York as a non-profit corporation in July of 2001 and received its 501(c)(3) status from the IRS in 2002. The NATCC has evolved into an inclusive organization whose conferences are planned by a rotating Board of Directors of twelve textile conservators, textile scientists and curators from throughout North America.