The CAMD is an important resource for the fields of conservation and preservation. It consolidates technical information about historic and contemporary materials used in all aspects of the conservation and production of artistic, architectural and archaeological materials. No other resource in the field of conservation has this scope and magnitude. The database gives the information in a concise dictionary format while allowing the flexibility for search and comparison of materials. Such a reference will help standardized spelling and increase access to obscure information. The dictionary creates a historical context for materials used in conservation in the last few decades and develop a chronological record of new materials as they are evaluated for use. Since comprehensive distribution of the dictionary is essential to its effectiveness, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will incorporate the database on its conservation website on the Internet July 2000. This will ensure easy access to the information to a diverse audience.