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Subject: Workshop on photograph identification and preservation

Workshop on photograph identification and preservation

From: Anastasia Matijkiw <amatijkiw<-a>
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Educational Opportunity

Focusing on Photographs: Identification and Preservation

Presented by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

The Historic New Orleans Collection
Williams Research Center
410 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

March 27-28, 2014
8:45 am - 4:45 pm

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

This program will also be offered at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island
School of Design in Providence, RI on November 6-7, 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

About CCAHA: The Conservation Center for Art and 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.

For information on additional educational opportunities, visit
<URL:> or find us on Facebook.

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

Anastasia Matijkiw
Preservation Services Assistant
264 S. 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Fax: 215-735-9313

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Received on Tuesday, 14 January, 2014

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