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Subject: Conference on preservation of the Charters of Freedom--addendum

Conference on preservation of the Charters of Freedom--addendum

From: Richard Schneider <richard.schneider<-a>
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2005
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
19th Annual Preservation Conference
Parchment and Titanium: Preserving the Charters of Freedom
William G. McGowan Theater
National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC
September 22, 2005

This information replaces what was posted in Conservation DistList
Instance: 18:54 Friday, May 20, 2005. For updated information and
registration form see


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Instructions for payment are on the form. If you have any questions,
please do not hesitate to e-mail or phone me at 301-837-3617.

The 2005 Preservation Conference focuses on the multi-year, state of
the art project undertaken by the National Archives (NARA) to
preserve and re-encase our nation's most treasured documents: the
Charters of Freedom. The Charters include the Declaration of
Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The
conference addresses issues of interest to archivists, historians,
conservators, librarians, museum curators, exhibit designers and
preservation specialists.

Conference Theme: The conservation, preservation and re-encasement
of the Charters of Freedom


    *   History of the Charters of Freedom

    *   The history of encasements for preservation storage and

    *   The design, fabrication and testing of a modern encasement

    *   The challenges of managing a multi-year interagency
        preservation project

    *   What conservation staff learned during examination and
        treatment of the Charters

    *   The fully accessible Rotunda and new display criteria for
        the Charters

    *   Meeting the challenge to preserve the nation's best known
        and valued historical documents

    *   Lessons learned, new technologies and applications for the

Program Schedule

Before Program Commences

    *   Registration
    *   Continental Breakfast
    *   Viewing of the Charters of Freedom

Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Professor Allen Weinstein
    Archivist of the United States (NARA)

    Dr. Michael J. Kurtz
    Assistant Archivist, Office of Records Services
    Washington, DC (NARA)

    Doris A. Hamburg
    Director, Preservation Programs (NARA)

Session I
Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Moderator

    History and Context of the Charters of Freedom Documents
    Dr. Milton O. Gustafson
    Chief, Diplomatic Branch (retired NARA)

    Encasement History, Theory, and Use as a Preservation Tool
    Don Etherington
    Etherington Conservation Services

    NBS Encasements: History and Examinations Prior to Disassembly
    Margaret Ann T. Kelly
    Research Chemist, Document Conservation Laboratory (NARA)

    Dr. Charles R. Tilford
    Consulting Physicist - Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory
    National Institute of Standards and Technology

    New Encasement Design Criteria
    Norvell Jones
    Chief, Document Conservation Laboratory (retired NARA)

Lunch Break

Session II

Catherine Nicholson, Moderator
Managing the Inter-Institutional, Multi-Year Re-Encasement Project

Richard P. Judson
Project Manager, Space and Security Management Division (NARA)

    Encasement Fabrication and Testing: Processes and Innovations
    Richard L. Rhorer
    Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory
    National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Design and Production of Paper for the New Encasements
    Timothy Barrett
    Paper Specialist and Research Scientist
    University of Iowa Center for the Book

Afternoon Break

Session III
Margaret Ann T. Kelly, Moderator

    The Charters of Freedom Documents: Examination and Treatment
    Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler
    Chief, Document Conservation Laboratory (NARA)

    Catherine Nicholson
    Supervisory Conservator, Document Conservation Laboratory (NARA)

    Display Criteria: Access, Lighting and Aesthetics
    Christina Rudy Smith
    Head of Exhibits, Museum Programs (NARA)

    Michael L. Jackson
    Senior Exhibition Designer, Museum Programs (NARA)

    Conclusions: Lessons Learned and Applications for the Field
    Doris A. Hamburg
    Director, Preservation Programs (NARA)

Pre-registration by September 1, 2005 is encouraged. The
registration fee is $75.00 Attendees can pay in advance by check or
credit card. Please fill out the Registration Form provided on the
web site in its entirety, enclose check or credit
card information and mail to:

    Richard Schneider, Conference Coordinator (NWT)
    National Archives at College Park
    8601 Adelphi Road, Room B-815
    College Park, MD 20740-6001
    richard.schneider<-a t->nara< . >gov

In order to protect your personal information, registration forms
will not be accepted by Fax: However, as a convenience to prospective
attendees planning to pay by credit card, Richard Schneider will
accept registration information and payments by phone. Please call
him at the phone number above for more details.

Please make your check payable to National Archives Trust Fund with
Preservation Conference in the "memo" section.

    *   No refunds will be given after September 1, 2005

    *   Please do not send cash by mail for pre-registration. Cash,
        checks and credit cards will be accepted on the day of the

    *   A continental breakfast and afternoon break will be

    *   Attendees are on their own for lunch. NARA will provide a
        list of restaurants and eateries within a short walk of the
        Archives building.

    *   Attendees are encouraged to use Metro or other means of
        mass-transit as no on-site parking is available at the
        Archives building. The closest Metro stop is Archives/Navy
        Memorial on the Yellow/Green Line.

Richard Schneider
Conference Coordinator

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