Tree thumbnailNot all historical photographs are created equal.

Paul Vanderbilt provides a primer for discerning what historic photographs an institution should keep or discard and what images should be given extra attention for preservation needs.

He begins by posing questions organizations should consider when acquiring collections of historic photographs and the evaluation process for determining the worth of these images.

Using evaluative processes applied to other types of material culture, he shows how to best make judgment in the most unbiased way possible but concedes that bias will likely always be involved.

Vanderbilt provides his own criteria for determining whether or not to discard historic photographs with guidelines for preservation.

Technical Leaflet #120 (1979)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 15, Collections Management II.