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archival processing


n. ~ 1. The arrangement, description, and housing of archival materials for storage and use by patrons. - 2. Photography · Techniques for processing2 photographs that are designed to produce very stable, long-lasting images.


Archival processing1 is frequently shortened to just 'processing'. - Archival processing2 may include use of two fixing baths to remove all undeveloped silver and extended wash times. It may include toning images with gold, selenium, or sulfide to stabilize a pure metallic silver image. Archival processing may include a residual hypo test to ensure adequate washing.