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Subject: Workshop on photograph identification and preservation

Workshop on photograph identification and preservation

From: Anastasia Matijkiw <amatijkiw<-a>
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Educational Opportunity

"Focusing on Photographs: Identification and Preservation"
Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design
224 Benefit Street
Providence RI 02903
8:45 am - 4:45 pm
Thursday-Friday, November 6-7, 2014

Presented by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
and the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design

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

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

Program Fees:

$225 CCAHA Members

$250 Non-CCAHA Members

More information about this program
and online registration is available at


The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
<URL:> 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.

Southeastern New England's only comprehensive art museum, the Museum
of Art Rhode Island School of Design--also known as the RISD Museum
of Art--was established in 1877.  Its permanent collection of more
than 86,000 objects includes paintings, sculpture, decorative arts,
costume, furniture, and other works of art from every part of the
world--with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and art of
all periods from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, up to the latest in
contemporary art. In addition to the works on view in the permanent
collection galleries, the Museum presents a wide variety of special
exhibitions featuring items drawn from its collection as well as
items on loan from other institutions and individuals.

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

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:13
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Received on Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

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