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Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials

From: Andrew Mace <amace>
Date: Monday, May 4, 1998
"Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials"

The New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of
Library Research Materials announces the publication of

    Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials
    by James M. Reilly

This publication is the result of a grant sponsored by the
University of Rochester Libraries on behalf of the New York State
Comprehensive Research Libraries and funded by the New York State
Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research
Materials, part of the Division of Library Development in the New
York State Library.

Over 95% of all photographs and films produced since the early 1960s
have been in color, and billions of new color photographs are being
made annually. Unfortunately, many of these materials are fading at
an alarming rate. The Storage Guide for Color Photographic
Materials, a 48-page book accompanied by a wheel of environmental
conditions (a kind of circular slide rule), explains how and why
color images fade, why they need special storage, and what can be
done to make them last as long as possible. The Color Guide provides
a generic overview of the stability of today's color photographic
materials. It is the product of one of the most extensive
accelerated-aging projects ever done for the purpose of learning how
storage conditions affect image fading.

To make the best decisions about storing color photography,
preservation managers must understand and be able to quantify the
relationship between storage conditions and dye fading. The _Storage
Guide for Color Photographic Materials_ can serve as the basis not
only for informed storage decisions, but also for discussions with
architects, engineers, administrators, donors, and budget officers.
The adequacy and cost-effectiveness of present or planned storage
environments can be evaluated in concrete terms. If a collection can
be assigned a monetary value, then it is possible to assess in
financial terms the impact of storing a collection at a particular
condition. Preservation planners can now justify their activities in
a way that budget planners can understand.

The cost of this publication is $20.00. Order forms can be found at
the New York State Library web site at
<URL:>. Checks must be
made payable to "The University of the State of New York". Credit
card orders can be placed through the Image Permanence Institute by
calling 716-475-5199. The cost through IPI is $25.00 plus $3.00 for
postage and shipping.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 11:89
                   Distributed: Tuesday, May 5, 1998
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Received on Monday, 4 May, 1998

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