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The Caring for Photographs was intended to strengthen general photograph preventive conservation knowledge and preservation capacity.

The course began with an introduction to the technical history of photography, image formation and deterioration, and degradation mechanisms and causes, to prepare librarians, archivists, and collection care specialists with the basic knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to safeguard their collections.

Topics addressed included:

  • Characterization and identification of albumen, silver gelatin, and chromogenic color print materials, glass plate and film base negatives
  • Agents of deterioration for photographic materials
  • Storage and exhibition practices, including cold storage
  • Handling guidelines
  • Emergency preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Balancing collection preservation and access
  • Assessment practices
  • Prioritization for preservation

Produced by: AASLH, IMLS, Heritage Preservation