Society of Southwest Archivists

Focusing on Photographs: Identification & Preservation

  • 11 Feb 2014 9:51 AM
    Message # 1495746

    Educational Opportunity


    Focusing on Photographs: Identification & Preservation

    Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts


    March 27 & 28, 2014

    New Orleans, LA


    Hosted and co-sponsored by:

    The Historic New Orleans Collection


    Historical records of people and places, fine art photographs, family snapshots, and corresponding negatives are in the collections of every museum, library, and archives. The omnipresence of photographic media belies the complexity and variety of techniques used to create these images. From the earliest cased daguerreotypes and ambrotypes, to tintypes, hand-colored silver gelatin prints, and oversize contemporary color photographs, the variety of photographic processes and supports requires collections managers to have a unique set of knowledge and skills for proper identification, care, and housing. Photographs are also frequently accessed by researchers, duplicated for publication, and placed on exhibition, creating additional preservation challenges.


    This two-day program will focus on the fundamentals of identifying and caring for photographic collections. Through lecture and hands-on demonstrations, topics will be intertwined over the course of the program to give participants a holistic view of identifying photographic materials, housing and caring for these collections, developing appropriate handling and display procedures, and establishing safe storage environments.


    Topics to be covered include:

    • Photographic processes and structure
    • Identification and care of cased photographs and 19th- and 20th-century prints
    • Handling and labeling photographic materials
    • Housing solutions for photographic collections
    • Preservation considerations for photographic collections
    • Identification of negatives, color prints, and digital prints
    • Environmental guidelines for photographs
    • Cold storage for photographic collections


    This program is intended for collections care staff responsible for photographic collections, such as librarians, archivists, curators, collections managers, stewards of historic house museums, and records managers.



    • Gary Albright, Paper and Photograph Conservator, Private Practice
    • Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator, CCAHA
    • Rachel Wetzel, Photograph Conservator, CCAHA



    Thursday, March 27th, 2014 – Friday, March 28th, 2014

    8:45 am – 4:45 pm



    The Historic New Orleans Collection

    Williams Research Center

    410 Chartres Street

    New Orleans, LA 70130


    This program will also be offered at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

     in Providence, RI on November 6th and 7th, 2014


    More information about this program and online registration is available at .


    Major funding for this program was generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), with additional funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.


    About CCAHA


    The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is the country's largest nonprofit conservation facility serving cultural, research and educational institutions, as well as individuals and private organizations.  CCAHA's mission is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world's cultural heritage.  CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works of art on paper, such as drawings, prints, maps, posters, historic wallpaper, photographs, rare books, scrapbooks, and manuscripts, along with related materials like parchment and papyrus.  CCAHA also offers digital imaging services, on-site consultations, educational programs, fellowships, and emergency conservation services.


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    About The Historic New Orleans Collection


    The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region.  General and Mrs. L. Kemper Williams, collectors of Louisiana materials, established the institution in 1966 to keep their collection intact and available for research and exhibition to the public.  In a complex of historic French Quarter buildings at 533 Royal Street, The Collection currently operates a museum, which includes the Williams Gallery for changing exhibitions and the Louisiana History Galleries; the Williams Residence; a museum shop; and administrative offices.  The Williams Research Center at 410 Chartres Street, which opened in 1996, makes available to researchers The Collection’s holdings of 35,000 library items, more than two miles of documents and manuscripts, and approximately 350,000 photographs, prints, drawings, paintings and other artifacts.

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