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Workshop on photographic conservation

From: Nora Kennedy <nora.kennedy<-a>
Date: Friday, December 2, 2005
Photographs and Preventive Conservation:
    Theory, Practice, and Implementation
A Collaborative Workshop in Photograph Conservation
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Hosted by the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
February 27 - March 1, 2006

Please note that the application deadline has been extended from
November 30, 2005 to December 31, 2005.

This three-day workshop will address key activities surrounding the
care of photographic materials: environmental assessment and control
and enclosure materials and housing. The aim of the workshop is to
provide a firm understanding of the fundamentals of, current
research and recent developments in each topic, along with an
understanding of implementation within an institution. The
vulnerabilities and needs of photographic materials will be
emphasized in relation to these crucial preservation activities and
their success in practice.

This workshop is geared toward caretakers of photographic
collections including conservators, archivists, librarians, and
curators, whether staff, consultant, or contractor. The format will
be lecture-based with time for discussion experts from conservation,
science, and engineering. Instructors and guest speakers will
include James Reilly of the Image Permanence Institute (IPI)
discussing the hazards of a "normal environment" for photographic
materials. The pros and cons of various assessment tools will be
reviewed, with emphasis on the intricacies of data collection and
analysis. Peter Herzog of Herzog-Wheeler will describe the range and
functioning of a variety of heating ventilating and air conditioning
systems. The workshop will address the goal to maximize
environmental capability of the institution, all the while balancing
budgetary concerns. Jean-Luis Bigourdan of IPI will discuss
enclosure materials and designs, the effect of enclosures on RH and
temperature equilibration, and the overall coordination of macro-
and micro-climate. Constance McCabe of the National Gallery of Art
will present practical implementation of cold storage to suit a
variety of collection needs. Hugh Phibbs of the National Gallery of
Art will explore issues involving micro-climate packaging including
hands-on creations of storage and display packages.

Eligibility: The Workshop is open to professionals responsible for
the care of large photographic holdings, whether as consultants,
contractors, or staff members. Enrollment will be on a first come
first serve basis.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of interest
and a curriculum vitae. The letter should describe why participation
in this workshop is important to their educational and professional
goals. Prior experience with the topic or lack thereof should be
noted as well as opportunities for dissemination of information
gained.  Very limited financial aid will be awarded on the basis of
need and may include some contribution to defray basic travel

Letters of interest should be submitted to:

    Mellon Collaborative Course
    c/o Art Conservation Department
    303 Old College
    University of Delaware
    Newark DE 19716

by December 31, 2005. Any questions can be directed to

    Elaine Johnson
    ejonsonc<-a t->udel< . >edu

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:29
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Received on Friday, 2 December, 2005

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