Preservation of Photographic Materials

This three-hour online class is designed to help institutions identify common photographic processes and develop sensible preservation strategies for these materials.

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Photographic materials present significant preservation concerns in cultural heritage collections. They are often heavily used and are fragile and susceptible to damage due to improper handling and storage conditions. Visual examples of photographic processes and deteriorated photographs will be identified and discussed. Taught in two two-hour sessions over the course of two days, topics covered will include:
  • Early photographic through contemporary print processes
  • Issues with prints, color, film, glass, and albums
  • Environment and storage guidelines
  • Handling, housing, and security guidelines
Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this class, students will be able to:
  • Identify common photographic processes.
  • Discuss proper care and handling of a variety of photographic materials.
  • List appropriate storage materials and quality vendors of those materials.
  • Employ sound preservation planning for photographic collections.

Instructor: Annie Peterson

Annie Peterson (she/her) is a Program Leader at LYRASIS. She coordinates LYRASIS Learning and teaches classes on preservation, digitization, and other topics related to cultural heritage institutions. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. Previously, she was an IMLS Preservation Administration Fellow at Yale University, where her primary focus was writing a disaster plan for the library’s high density storage facility. Her background in library and archives preservation provides a strong basis for assisting LYRASIS members with their preservation and digitization projects. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from ALCTS, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

The class is designed for those who have photograph collections and will be particularly significant for those who are responsible for the care or use of these materials.
Frequency: offered 2 times a year, Summer & Winter

Archival Recertification Credits - ARCs: 2
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Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

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You may register using one of two methods:

    Register Online
    Click on "Register" above.
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    Print out the registration form and fax it to LYRASIS at 404.892.7879.