Photo Preservation Program in September – Philadelphia

Historic photographs and negatives need special care. Learn how to best preserve these complex collections materials.

Focusing on Photographs: Identification and Preservation presented by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts Philadelphia, PA – September 22 & 23, 2009

For more information and to register online, go to or go to our Education Program Calendar at

This two-day program will focus on the fundamentals of identifying and caring for photographic collections. Using lecture and hands-on demonstrations, topics will be intertwined over the course of the program to give participants a holistic view of identifying photographic materials, caring for these collections, developing appropriate handling procedures, and establishing safe storage environments.

Day 1

  • Photographic processes and structure
  • Identification and care of cased photographs and 19th and 20th century prints
  • Handling and labeling photographic materials
  • Housing solutions for photographic collections

Day 2

  • Preservation considerations for photographic collections
  • Identification of negatives, color prints, and digital prints
  • Environmental guidelines for photographs
  • Cold storage for photograph collections


  • Gary E. Albright, Paper and Photograph Conservator, Private Practice, Honeoye Falls, NY
  • Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gawain Weaver, Photograph Conservator, Private Practice, San Rafael, CA
  • Rachel Wetzel, Photograph Conservator, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA

The program is intended for collections care staff responsible for photographic collections, such as librarians, archivists, curators, collections managers, stewards of historic house museums, and records.

Fee: $200 CCAHA members/$225 non-members. Major funding for this program is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Hosted and cosponsored by The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), the professional certifying organization for the archives field, will award 10 Accreditation Recertification Credits (ARCs) to eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) attending this program.

For more information and to register online, go to

Still have questions? Go to, call 215-545-0613 or email

Kim Andrews
Preservation Services Officer
CONSERVATION CENTER for Art and Historic Artifacts
264 S. 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-545-0613 (phone)
215-735-9313 (fax)

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