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Photograph collections are susceptible to damage from catastrophic disasters of all types, including floods, fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes. In most such disasters, as well as in smaller emergencies, water damage is widespread—whether from leaking or burst pipes, flooding, or firefighters’ hoses—and photographs may be permanently disfigured.

This technical bulletin focuses on procedures for responding to water emergencies. In all such emergencies, it is essential to first seek the advice of a photograph conservator with experience in salvaging water-damaged material.

 

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