Preservation of Photographic Materials

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

Date & Time Name Delivery Method Price (LYRASIS Member / Non-Member)  
8/4/2020 2:00 PM
- 8/5/2020 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)
* Multi-Session Event
Preservation of Photographic Materials

This is a Multi-Session Event
Session 1 :
8/4/2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Session 2 :
8/5/2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Live Online $150.00 / $175.00


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 is Preservation Services Librarian at LYRASIS. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has a range of experience in preservation and conservation that provides a strong base for helping the archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that we reach through the Preservation Field Services project. She is active in the American Library Association and is the Chair of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section. 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
Information on Archival Recertification Credits

Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

Please see Technical Requirements for online classes and events.

You may register using one of two methods:

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