Identification and Preservation of Archival Materials

Includes a Live Event on 05/04/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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Tuesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 6 at 3-5pm Eastern Time
Instructors: Tatiana Cole, Allison Holcomb

Archives often contain crucial documentation which supports the understanding and context of museum collections. Caring for these collections appropriately is important to long-term access and maintenance but is often complicated by the wide variety of needs from different types of materials. Identifying media and choosing the right solutions for housing can help prevent physical and chemical damage, as well as maintain organization and facilitate handling.

This workshop will allow participants to identify archival materials and plan for long-term preservation. The instructors will provide an overview of preservation threats to different types of archival collections with emphasis on identifying media and preventing deterioration and loss of information. Oversized materials, photo-reproductions such as blueprints and diazotypes, a variety of office copying techniques, and photographic media will be discussed.

This workshop will incorporate current standards and best practices to help collection managers, emerging conservation professionals, and other museum professionals master identification, preventive conservation, and housing for archival materials.

Tatiana Cole

Tatiana Cole is a conservator of photographs and works on paper with over eight years of experience. She has a private practice in the Greater Boston Area, in addition to holding the position of Paper Conservator at the Boston Athenaeum. Previously, she was Associate Conservator of Photographs at The Better Image in NYC, and Fellow in Photographs Conservation at the Amon Carter Museum in Forth Worth, TX. Tatiana holds a M.S. from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. She has completed internships in photograph conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paul Messier LLC, and Harvard University’s Weissman Preservation Center, where she also spent time working with the Audiovisual Preservation Program and the Harvard Film Archive.

Allison Holcomb

Allison Holcomb Is a Book and Paper conservator at Harpers Ferry Center. Allison graduated from the Winterthur / University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. She has been a conservator with Harpers Ferry Center for five years working with collections throughout the National Park Service. Prior to that she worked in special collections at Northwester University Library and Harvard’s Weissman Preservation Center, as well at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.


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Live Session 1
05/04/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes
05/04/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes
Live Session 2
05/06/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes
05/06/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes