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Research Guides

Care and Preservation

Albumen Photographs: History, Science and Preservation - In-depth resource on all aspects of albumen photographs.

Care, Handling, and Storage of Photographs - Quick overview from Library of Congress.

Care of Photographs - NEDCC Preservation Leaflet on care and handling of photographs. 

Cold Storage of Photographs at the City of Vancouver Archives (PDF) - Report on the design and use of Vancouver's cold storage facilities.

Curatorial Care of Photographic Collections (PDF) - Practical guide on preservation of all photographic types from National Park Service Museum Handbook, Part I, Appendix R.

IFLA Care, Handling and Storage of Photographs - Overview of preservation needs of photographic formats most commonly found in libraries and archives.

Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures (PDF) - Everything color from Henry Wilhelm.

Photographic Negatives:  Nature and Evolution of Processes (PDF) - Overview of photographic negative processes including identification and preservation needs.

IPI Guide to Preservation of Digitally-Printed Photographs (PDF) - Preservation recommendations for inkjet prints, dye sublimation prints, and digital electrophotographic prints.


IPI Graphics Atlas - Comprehensive site for identification of print and photographic processes.

IPI DP3:  Digital Print Preservation Portal - Identification and preservation of digital prints.

Popular Photographic Print Processes - Images of photographic print processes from Library of Congress.

Types of Photographs - Guide from NEDCC to help identify different photographic processes, both historic and modern.



FADGI Guidelines - Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative including guidelines for digitizing still images.

Minimum Digitization Capture Recommendations: Photographic Processes - from ALA's Preservation and Reformatting Section.

Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access - from the National Archives.

Organizations and Publications

Image Permanence Institute - university-based lab devoted to preservation research with particular strengths in image preservation.

George Eastman House - International Museum of Photography and Film offers resources and training for photo and film identification and preservation.

Preserving Your Memories

From The East Carolina Conservation Laboratory.