Basics of Preservation for Archives

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
Max Attendees: 

Get an introduction to the history and practice of preservation in archives! Learn about fundamental principles of preservation and pragmatic methods of applying them. The essential properties of composite materials held in archival collections—paper, ink and other mediums, photographic materials, sound recordings, audio/video, and motion picture film—will be provided along with directions on how to handle and care for each one.


The importance of environmental control and disaster preparedness will also be covered. You’ll gain an understanding of how preventive preservation techniques can be applied efficiently and effectively to archival materials to protect them and lengthen their usable life.

Learning Outcomes: 
Demonstrate an understanding of the physicality of the materials held in an archives
Properly handle, store, and care for materials
Explain basic preventive conservation techniques that can be applied efficiently and effectively to protect materials and lengthen their usable life
Who Should Attend: 

Archivist practitioners and other hands-on and frontline professionals who manage or will manage preservation and prevention processes

What You Should Already Know: 

Participants should know the basic functions of an archive and be familiar with handling archival materials.

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