Preserving Photographs

"Properties and Stability of Color Photographs." In Proceedings of Conservation in Archives: International Symposium Ottawa, Canada, May 10-12, 1988, 129-35.
Krause, Peter.
Paris: International Council on Archives, 1989.

Provides an overview of the properties of historic and contemporary color photographic materials, indicating how such factors as storage environment, processing procedures, and inherent properties influence stability.

Pioneers of Photography: Their Achievements in Science and Technology.
Ostroff, Eugene, ed.
Springfield, Va.: Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 1987.

Includes relevant chapters on the history, technology, and stability of photographic materials.

"Stability of Black and White Photographic Images, with Special Reference to Microfilm." In Proceedings of Conservation in Archives: International Symposium Ottawa, Canada, May 10-12, 1988, 117-27.
Reilly, James M., Douglas W. Nishimura, Kaspars M. Cupriks, and Peter Z. Adelstein.
Paris: International Council on Archives, 1989.

Discusses the deterioration mechanisms of black-and-white photographs and microfilm and describes research conducted at the Image Permanence Institute into protecting microfilm images from oxidative attack through sulfiding. Includes information regarding toner treatments for maximizing the image stability of black-and-white photographic images.

Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints
Reilly, James M.
Paperback - 116 pages (March 1998) Sterling Publications; ISBN: 0879853654 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.38 x 10.88 x 8.55

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"Guidelines for the Administration and Care of Daguerreotype Collections." Conservation Administration News 38 (July 1989): 45.
Romer, Grant B.

Assists caretakers in the preservation of these early photographs, which dominated commercial photography from 1839 through the 1850s.

Conservation of Photographic Print Collections.
Swan, Alice.
Library Trends, v. 30, no. 2 (Fall 1981), pp. 267-296.

A good introduction to conservation by a leading photograph conservator.

"Mechanisms of Image Deterioration in Early Photographs"
Mike Ware, PhD.
Science Museum and National Museum of Photography, Bradford, 1994

The general principles of the ways in which light affect early photographs is dealt with in great detail and to great effect. I believe the book is still available from the Science Museum in London. Apart from providing the first substantial analysis of how and why early photographic images are affected by light, Mike also offers sound conservation advice, especially about photographing early material. An approach I would have thought preferable to scanning the originals. Even though this adds another layer of expense and trouble, it does provide useful insurance back-up for the collection.

Collection, Use, and Care of Historical Photographs.
Weinstein, Robert A., and Booth, Larry.
American Association for State and Local History, Nashville, Tennessee, 1977.

A classic of the field. Also a fundamental part of the reference collection of any institution with photographic collections. The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has other publications on photograph preservation. Check especially in their listing of Technical Reports and Technical Leaflets. Catalogs can be requested from AASLH at: Publication Department, 172 Second Avenue North, Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37201.
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The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides and Motion Pictures.
Wilhelm, Henry, Carol Brower
Hardcover - 744 pages 1 Ed edition (June 1993) Preservation Pub Co; ISBN: 0911515003 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.50 x 11.34 x 8.94

In-depth study of the image permanence and care and preservation of color photographs. Wilhelm is considered by many to be the foremost authority on the subject of photographic presrvation. A standard text for anyone insterested in preservation.
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Prevention and Removal of Fungus on Prints and Films.
Eastman Kodak Company.
NY, Eastman Kodak Co.,(Pub. AE-22)

"History and Properties of Film Supports." In Proceedings of Conservation in Archives: International Symposium Ottawa, Canada, May 10-12, 1988, 89-101.
Adelstein, Peter Z.
Paris: International Council on Archives, 1989.

Surveys paper, cellulose nitrate, cellulose esters, polyester, and polycarbonate photographic film supports.

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery: Photographic Materials.
Hendricks, Klaus B., and Lesser, Brian.
American Archivist, v. 46, no. 1 (Winter 1983), pp. 52-68.

A report on recovering photographs that have been damaged by water.

Storage and Preservation of Microfilms.
Eastman Kodak Company.
NY, Eastman Kodak Co., (Pub. D-31).

Contact Eastman Kodak Company, Dept. L-5, 175 Humboldt St., Rochester, NY, 14610-1099.

The Care of Prints and Drawings.
Ellis, Margaret Holben.
AASLH Press, Nashville, TN, 1987.

This book outlines basic conservation procedures for works of art on paper (prints and drawings). The ideas here apply to any photographic prints.

Conserving and Preserving Materials in Non-book Formats.
Henderson, Kathryn Luther, and Henderson, William T.
University of IL, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1991.

Conservation and preservation of a wide variety of mediums including black and white photographic records, color photographs, color motion pictures, and textile collections.

Conservation of Photographs.
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY, Eastman Kodak Co., 1985. (Kodak Pub. F-40)

How to Save Your Stuff from Disaster.
Haskins, S.
Preservation Press, 1997. ISBN: 0964964708.

Fundamentals of Photograph Conservation: A Study Guide
Hendriks, K. B., Thurgood, B., Iraci, J., Lesser, B. and Hill, G.
Toronto, ON: Lugus Productions Ltd.ISBN 0-921633-80-7

"The Duplication of Historical Black-and-White Negatives." Journal of Imaging Technology 12 (August 1986): pp. 185-99.
Hendriks, Klaus B., et al.

The authors contrast the various options for negative-duplication, in order to obtain maximum image retention.

Fundamentals of Photographic Conservation: A Study Guide.
Hendricks, Klaus; with Brian Thurgood, Joe Iracl, Brian Lesser, and Greg Hill.
Toronto: Lugus Publications in cooperation with the National Archives of Canada and the Canadian Communications Group-Publishing, Supply, and Service, 1991. ISBN# 0-921633-80-7.

A very good text book on photographic preservation and conservation. ---Roderick Hook.

"Image Structure and Deterioration in Albumen Prints." Photographic Science and Engineering, Vol. 28, No. 4 (1984).
Reilly, J.; Kennedy, N.; Black, D. and Van Dam, T.

Manual of photographic Conservation: guide of identification of processes and conservation, stabilization and restoration of photographic processes of centuries XIX and XX Collection Alchemy. National institute of Anthropology and History. Mexico. 146 pp.
Valdez Marín

Conservation text in Spanish.

An Ounce of Preservation : A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs
An Ounce of Preservation : A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs Tuttle, Craig A.
Paperback - 111 pages (March 1995) Rainbow Books, Inc.; ISBN: 1568250215 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.29 x 8.44 x 5.4

Basic paper and photographic print preservation for the beginning family historian.
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Copying and Duplicating : Photographic and Digital Imaging Techniques (Kodak Publication, M-1)
Thomas A. Benson, George T. Eaton, Joseph Meehan, Dave Howard, W. Young
Paperback - 143 pages 2nd edition (September 1996) Silver Pixel Press; ISBN: 0879857641 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.34 x 10.81 x 8.4

An excellent source of information regarding photographic techniques to copy and duplicate photographs, negatives, and art work. Can at times be too technical for the beginner, but gives understandable instructions for using filters to improve copy photographs and advice for creating and using copy stands.
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