If the reverse contains another image, design, etc. Scanner glass should be cleaned with a lint-free cloth between batches. Preservation We preserve photos and negatives by providing an appropriate storage environment and by caring for them using professional guidelines and standards.
Preservation is important to maintaining and protecting our state's photographic legacy. As with any item, photographs are subject to deterioration and wear. Some things that can affect the quality of a photographic print or negative: Temperature and humidity The acidity of the enclosures Insects and other pests Improper handling bending, fingerprints, impressions, tearing The inherent chemical composition of the item Storage environment fumes, wood, etc.
Mold Photo Care and Preservation What can we do to ensure that print photographs and negatives retain their quality for years to come? Wear Cotton Gloves Every time a person handles a print or negative with bare hands, a trace is left behind that alters the quality of the image.
Even after we wash our hands there are still natural oils and residue. We don't always notice the damage created by direct handling right away, but the effects can develop over the years. Storage Environment One reason the storage environment for a collection is important is that temperature and humidity are two interdependent factors that can affect the quality of photographs.
Enclosures Black and white prints: The pressure from the pencil may leave a permanent impression on the image. FAQ Can I come look through the photos in the archives? Browsing the collections is not allowed for preservation and security reasons. If I am coming to place a photo order in person, do I need to make an appointment first? Yes, and there are a few things you should know before planning your visit. It is important to schedule ahead of time so staff can prepare for your visit by conducting preliminary research.
The archives hold approximately 9 million images in several different formats, of which only about half are processed. Locating a specific item can often involve a time-consuming multi-step process involving transfer documentation, printouts, preliminary finding aids, and indexes in various formats.
This cannot effectively be done on an ad hoc basis while researchers wait in the Reading Room. Can you tell me how much my photo is worth? The OHS does not do appraisals, nor do we recommend appraisers. What can you tell me about repairing and preserving my own photographs and negatives?
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works provides information on how to care for your photographs and negatives: There are some clues to determining the date of a photo.
These include the photo process used to create the image, the dress worn by individuals in the image and examination of items in the photograph such as automobiles, studio props, etc. For further information see: How to Date Old Photographs by the Costume www. Staff process photo orders, process, and accession new collections, and manage the general organization and operation of the office. We also conduct photo-related research for patrons.
Upon request, staff members present programs detailing how the OHS collects, preserves, and shares photography collections. If you are interested in inviting a speaker to visit your group, email Rachel Mosman at rmosman okhistory. Useful Links The Society of American Archivists Guide to Effective Research on access limitations due to restrictions, copyright, and unprocessed collections. This site includes details about caring for objects, lists of suppliers, and bibliographies.
Published by Eastman Kodak Company, Published by the Society of American Archivists, Preserving Your Family Photographs: Published by Betterway Books,