Preservation and Identification of 19th and 20th Century Visual Materials

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
10 ARC, 1.5 CEU
2 days
Max Attendees: 

This two-day, hands-on workshop provides examples of photographic and motion picture materials of the late 19th and 20th centuries and of enclosures and storage environments, as well as an understanding of the deterioration and duplication of these fragile archival materials. Learn about materials typically found in 19th and 20th century photo collections, including how to identify various photographic types—from daguerreotype and tintype to prints and slides—and how to protect and store the dozens of different formats discussed.


During the motion picture portion of the workshop, you will gain a basic understanding of the various types of motion picture (including 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm film and various videotape formats) decay concerns, how to work with film including splicing techniques, and preservation recommendations. Setting up (or upgrading) and managing a motion picture transfer will be discussed as well.

Learning Outcomes: 
Identify the processes used to make 19th and 20th century photographs and motion picture materials
Recognize various forms of deterioration in negatives, prints, transparencies, and analog and digital video formats
Choose appropriate enclosures and housings
Store photo and motion picture collections using best practices
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists, curators, librarians, and others responsible for photographic and motion picture collections owned by archives of all types (public, private, university, government, religious), libraries, galleries, and historical societies

What You Should Already Know: 

No previous knowledge on the topic is necessary

"The instructor taking the time to really let us handle the visual materials, pass them around, and ask questions was tremendously helpful. I have taken classes on this topic in the past but walked away with little more knowledge than I started out with; this was the first time I left really feeling like I can identify and care for these materials."
"Pre-course readings were right on target. Pre-course questions are a good introduction." — Rafael Fernandez
"The excellent handouts and physical examples passed around the room supported the verbal instruction well, especially in the photo portion."
"Being able to look at and handle the material was a big help for me. Being able to look at it in person as opposed to looking at a picture of a photograph really helped me learn some of the identifying characteristics as well as some of the deterioration issues associated with the various formats."
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