June 14-18 - Workshops

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Mon, Jun 14 at 3:00 pm EDT
Silver Image Chemistry and Deterioration::Live Session 1

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Monday, June 14 and Friday, June 18 at 3-5pm Eastern Time
Instructors: Scott Williams, Douglas Nishimura

This workshop is designed to provide an in-depth discussion on the unique chemical properties and vulnerabilities of silver image material. This information will be of great interest and use to anyone involved in the appreciation and preservation of silver-based photographic materials. The workshop will include two complimentary sessions on the chemistry of silver image formation and silver image deterioration. Participants with a general understanding of chemistry will be anticipated, but not required.

Since its inception, photographic images were created using a variety of different materials, substrates and processes. Most of these photographic evolutionary steps were founded on image capture using silver chemistry. This first session will be presented by Scott Williams, professor at the School of Chemistry and Materials Science at Rochester Institute of Technology.  It follows the photographer’s workflow from image capture to preservation through the lens of a chemist. Connections will be made between the chemistry of each process step as the photographer would practice and observe them; thereby, closing an important loop that bridges photographer with chemist, and chemist with photographer. Emphasis will be on the main image making process steps: substrate sensitization to light using silver halide, the light capture process at the silver halide grain level, exposure effects, image development, and ending with the processes that maintain a silver photographic image over time. This two-hour session is intended as a companion to the online series of self-study modules presented by the FAIC Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation on Photographic Chemistry for Preservation, offering a broad overview of this fascinating topic and providing invaluable face-to-face time with instructor, Scott Williams. It is suggested that participants complete the series of online lectures prior to the workshop. 

The second session will be presented by Douglas Nishimura, Research Scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology, who will discuss mechanisms involved in silver image deterioration and likely causes in collections. Typically, silver image deterioration is divided into two general causes: poor processing and oxidation from environmental sources. The idea that all silver image deterioration is caused by poor processing has its roots in the severe fading of photographs in the 19th century that led to the formation of the Fading Committee of 1855. By the 1970s and 80s it was commonly believed that if a silver photograph was deteriorating then it must have been improperly processed. However, James Reilly, former Director of the Image Permanence Institute, noted that examples of poor processing in collections weren’t very common. Certainly, potential external causes of silver deterioration are numerous. The problem of silver image deterioration is very complex. As noted by former Kodak silver stability expert, Art Hertz, image silver must be surrounded by silver ions in equilibrium so that oxidation of image silver can be caused by reduction of the surrounding silver ions.

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Scott Williams, Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Fri, Jun 18 at 3:00 pm EDT
Silver Image Chemistry and Deterioration::Live Session 2

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Monday, June 14 and Friday, June 18 at 3-5pm Eastern Time
Instructors: Scott Williams, Douglas Nishimura

This workshop is designed to provide an in-depth discussion on the unique chemical properties and vulnerabilities of silver image material. This information will be of great interest and use to anyone involved in the appreciation and preservation of silver-based photographic materials. The workshop will include two complimentary sessions on the chemistry of silver image formation and silver image deterioration. Participants with a general understanding of chemistry will be anticipated, but not required.

Since its inception, photographic images were created using a variety of different materials, substrates and processes. Most of these photographic evolutionary steps were founded on image capture using silver chemistry. This first session will be presented by Scott Williams, professor at the School of Chemistry and Materials Science at Rochester Institute of Technology.  It follows the photographer’s workflow from image capture to preservation through the lens of a chemist. Connections will be made between the chemistry of each process step as the photographer would practice and observe them; thereby, closing an important loop that bridges photographer with chemist, and chemist with photographer. Emphasis will be on the main image making process steps: substrate sensitization to light using silver halide, the light capture process at the silver halide grain level, exposure effects, image development, and ending with the processes that maintain a silver photographic image over time. This two-hour session is intended as a companion to the online series of self-study modules presented by the FAIC Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation on Photographic Chemistry for Preservation, offering a broad overview of this fascinating topic and providing invaluable face-to-face time with instructor, Scott Williams. It is suggested that participants complete the series of online lectures prior to the workshop. 

The second session will be presented by Douglas Nishimura, Research Scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology, who will discuss mechanisms involved in silver image deterioration and likely causes in collections. Typically, silver image deterioration is divided into two general causes: poor processing and oxidation from environmental sources. The idea that all silver image deterioration is caused by poor processing has its roots in the severe fading of photographs in the 19th century that led to the formation of the Fading Committee of 1855. By the 1970s and 80s it was commonly believed that if a silver photograph was deteriorating then it must have been improperly processed. However, James Reilly, former Director of the Image Permanence Institute, noted that examples of poor processing in collections weren’t very common. Certainly, potential external causes of silver deterioration are numerous. The problem of silver image deterioration is very complex. As noted by former Kodak silver stability expert, Art Hertz, image silver must be surrounded by silver ions in equilibrium so that oxidation of image silver can be caused by reduction of the surrounding silver ions.

Speakers

Douglas Nishimura,

June 14-18

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Monday, Jun 14 at 12:00 pm EDT
Sustainability Session

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Presentations in This Session

  • Evaluating the Effects of COVID-19 Changes in Mechanical System Operation on Collections Environments
    Kelly Krish
  • The Migration of Coconuts; The Historic Uses of Coconut Shell Across Cultures and its Presence in Museum Collections
    Elena Bowen
  • Sustainability Committee Ask an Expert Q&A: Zero Waste with Angela Moore

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Monday, Jun 14 at 12:00 pm EDT
SPNHC - Collection Theft and Security - Monitoring of Collections

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Presentations in This Session

  • Security and Collection Theft
    Paul Mayer
  • Exhibitor Experience: Bioshare Digitization
  • Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Managing Security and Risk at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
    Russell D. White

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Tuesday, Jun 15 at 12:00 pm EDT
Book and Paper and Photographic Materials Joint Session One

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Presentations in This Session

  • Photograph Albums; Cross-disciplinary Decisions for These Most Delicate Bound Volumes
    Georgia Southworth
  • Exhibitor Experience: Carestream
  • Revisiting and Reconsidering Disbound Albums
    Anne Marigza
  • Exhibitor Experience: Foster + Freeman
  • Japanese Tourist Albums in the Collection of the Art Institute Chicago: their complex interpretation and material deterioration
    Nayla Maaruf

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Tuesday, Jun 15 at 12:00 pm EDT
Textile Specialty Group Session One

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Presentations in This Session

  • Re-Examining Surfactant Choices in Textile Conservation
    Callie Jerman
  • “How Does My Stitch Work?” an Attempt to Evaluate Stitching Methods in Tapestry Conservation
    Eva Catic
  • Exhibitor Experience: Dorfman
  • Testing Urease and Protease Enzymes for Use with Cellulosic Textiles
    Zoey Hasselbring
  • Little Friends, Big Problems: Treatment and Analysis of the Garments on the Libbey Doll Collection
  • Marissa Stevenson

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    Tuesday, Jun 15 at 3:00 pm EDT
    Book and Paper and Photographic Materials Joint Session Two

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    Presentations in This Session

    • Camera Work: One Size Treatment Does Not Fit All
      Sophie Barbisan
    • Exhibitor Experience: Foster and Freeman
    • Lord Fitzwilliam’s Print Albums as Evidence
      Harry Metcalf
    • The Jessie Fuller Scrapbook: Balancing access and context in the treatment of an important Black Sorority Scrapbook from 1949 with a unique but damaging structure.
      Sue Donovan and Krystal Appiah

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    Tuesday, Jun 15 at 3:00 pm EDT
    Poster Session 3 - Textile Focused Posters

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    Presentations in This Session

    • Beyond Stain Reduction: A Collaborative Solution for Reducing the Appearance of a Stubborn Stain
      Katherine Sahmel
    • Markings of the Turning Point: Preserving the Last Surviving Example of Invasion Stripes on a World War II Bomber
      Karen Wilcox
    • An Atypical Approach for a Typical Problem: Loss Compensation for a 19th Century Quilt
      Jacquelyn Peterson-Grace
    • Preservation, Conservation, and Displaying of a Military Uniform for an Egyptian Officer Dating Back to the Era of King Farouk as One of the Selected Models for Composite Clothing
      Asmaa Eltogby and Rasha Shaheen
    • An Evaluating Study of Using Biotechnology Process in Egyptian Historical Textile Conservation: A Practical Application
      Harby Ahmed

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    Wednesday, Jun 16 at 10:00 am EDT
    Partner Event: SPNHC Virtual Collection Tour 4

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    A series of invited tours from collections from around the world.

    Wednesday, Jun 16 at 12:00 pm EDT
    Photographic Materials Session One

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    Presentations in This Session

    • Disinfection of Photographic Materials with Ethanol Vapours: Preliminary Evaluation of the Effects on Chromogenic Prints
      Chloé Lucas
    • Exhibitor Experience: Polygon
    • Mass-Treatment of E. S. Curtis’ the North American Indian Photogravures Mass-Treatment of E. S. Curtis' the North American Indian Photogravures
      Richard Stenman and Sara Bone
    • Scanning Micro-Xrf for Historical Photography
      Nigel Kelly

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    Wednesday, Jun 16 at 12:00 pm EDT
    Textile Specialty Group Session Two

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    Presentations in This Session

  • Lessons Learned: Pandemic Edition
      • Taking It "off the Wall": Deinstallation during a Pandemic
        Sara Reiter
      • Drains and Flies during the Time of COVID: A Review of Treating Inactive Drains
        Ann Frisina
      • Mentoring – How It Can Be Used to Share Information with the Next Generation of Conservators
        Gail Niinima
      • Mentoring – Protect & Supervise: Managing Staff Risk during COVID to Continue in Person Conservation Mentoring and Lab Activity
        Gail Niinima
      • Embroidery up Close: Public Programming during Quarantine
        Laura Mina and Kate Sahmel

  • Exhibitor Experience: Test Fabrics


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    Wednesday, Jun 16 at 3:00 pm EDT
    Photographic Materials Session Two

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    Presentations in This Session

    • Photography beyond Two Dimensions – Exhibition and Re-Valuation of Materiality
      Catarina Pereira
    • Exhibitor Experience: Prairie Paper
    • International Collaboration, and the Potential of Virtual Condition Surveys - the Conservation Assessment of a Collection of Linnaeus Tripe Photographs at the University of Yangon Central Library, Myanmar
      Tess Hamilton and Natasha Kung
    • The Transformation and Printing of Claude Marie Ferrier's Albumen on Glass Negatives by Robert Jefferson Bingham
      Nicholas Burnett

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    Wednesday, Jun 16 at 5:00 pm EDT
    Partner Event: Getty Conservation Institute Virtual Lounge - Microfade Testing (Pre-Registration Required)

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    To access this program, you must receive a confirmation email from the Getty Conservation Institute and use that link to access the session. You won’t be able to access the session through this meeting portal.

    Introduced to conservation in the mid-1990s, the microfading tester (MFT) assesses the light sensitivity of a collection item by exposing a minute area to an extremely bright light to induce a change in color. MFT results can be used to develop display lighting strategies that both reduce damage to light-sensitive materials and expand access to more robust objects. While MFT has been adopted by over 60 institutions, its origin within the conservation field has limited the technical and didactic support typically provided by commercial manufacturers of other broadly used scientific equipment. Thus, it is incumbent on MFT users to become a self-supporting community. Join Vincent Laudato Beltran, co-author of a forthcoming GCI Guidelines publication on MFT, and Katherine Schilling, developer of a virtual MFT workshop at Yale University, for a conversation on efforts to support this important technique for the cultural heritage field.

    What is the Virtual Lounge?

    Join a Getty Conservation Institute host for a coffee break or happy hour (depending on your time zone) in the Virtual Lounge, every Wednesday during the conference for an informal conversation focused on a different theme.  There will be a limited number of participants so that everyone will have a chance to engage in a relaxed environment and meet some new colleagues. 

    Registration and additional information about this week's topic

    https://getty.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrdu2vqjIpHt08EB8JT7Sj1_mgogwDWefZ

    Thursday, Jun 17 at 12:00 pm EDT
    Photographic Materials Session Three

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    Presentations in This Session

    • The Treatment and Preservation of the Emily Howland Photograph Album
      Jennifer Evers and Alisha Chipman
    • Exhibitor Experience: Print File
    • Rare Findings – Pannotypes in the Design Registers of the Board of Trade Collection at the National Archives
      Ioannis Vasallos
    • Intervention Criteria of Two Photographic Albums
      Pablo Ruiz

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    Thursday, Jun 17 at 12:00 pm EDT
    SPNHC Using Natural History Collections as an Education Tool

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    Presentations in This Session

    • Using Natural History Collections to Communicate Social Issues: The Hand Lens
      Nicole Tarnowsky and Laura Briscoe
    • Building Bridges between Classrooms and Collections at California Botanic Garden: A Pilot Study
      Mare Nazaire
    • Exhibitor Experience: Spacesaver
    • Student-Focused, Career-Driven, Exploration in Natural History Museums through Experiential Education and Mentorship
      Adania Flemming
    • “We Found the Passenger Pigeon?!”: Hands on Student-Involvement in Preservation and Curation of a Neglected and Historic Natural History Collection at a Small Undergraduate Institution
      Lyndell Bade
    • Integration of Deaf Children with Disabilities into the Cultural Heritage of Society
      Amal Ahmed

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    Thursday, Jun 17 at 3:00 pm EDT
    Photographic Materials Session Four

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    Presentations in This Session

    • A Sticky Situation: The Preservation of Self-Adhesive Photograph Albums
      Amber Kehoe
    • Exhibitor Experience: MICRO
    • Material Characterization and Decision Making in the Conservation of IICT’s Photographic Album
      Joana Sobral and Élia Roldão
    • Tips Session

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    Thursday, Jun 17 at 3:00 pm EDT
    Textile Specialty Group (TSG) Business Meeting

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    • Textile Specialty Group (TSG) Business Meeting

    Thursday, Jun 17 at 5:30 pm EDT
    Partner Event: SPNHC Science Illustration Fun Hour

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    Come join us for a fun virtual session creating your own scientific illustration and art! 

    Friday, Jun 18 at 1:00 pm EDT
    Photographic Materials Group (PMG) Business Meeting

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    • Photographic Materials Group (PMG) Business Meeting