Photographs: Archival Care and Management - 1931666172

Front Cover, Photographs: Archival Care and Management

Front Cover, Photographs: Archival Care and Management, Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Diane Vogt-O'Connor with Helena Zinkham, Brett Carnell, and Kit Peterson. | Society of American Archivists, 2006. GGA Image ID # 1722d7ae37


Presented from an archival perspective, the book focuses on systematically working with collections of photographs, regardless of their age, size, condition, or usage levels, and addresses: Archival management of photos, History of photography, Preservation issues and techniques, Interpreting photographs, Legal issues, Digitizing, Using photographs in outreach and educational efforts.

Table of Contents:

Photographs in Archival Collections

  1. Introduction
  2. The Photographic Record
  3. Photographs from Historical, Aesthetic, and Sociological Perspectives
  4. Characteristics of Photographs
  5. Photographs as Documentary Evidence
  6. Farm Security Administration Photographs
  7. Photojournalism
  8. Amateur Photographs
  9. Local Professional Photographers
  10. Photographs in the Art World
  11. Summary
  12. Chapter 1 Notes

History of Photographic Processes

    1. Uses of Technical Knowledge
    2. Basic Photographic Principles
    3. Description of Processes
    4. Summary
    5. Chapter 2 Notes

Reading and Researching Photographs

    1. Introduction
    2. How to Read Photographs
    3. How to Research Photographs
    4. Summary
    5. Chapter 3 Notes

Appraisal and Acquisitions

    1. Introduction
    2. Establishing a Collecting Policy
    3. Identifying and Documenting Candidate Photographs
    4. The Values and Uses of Archival Photographs
    5. Evidential Value
    6. Informational Value
    7. Artifactual Value
    8. Associational Value
    9. Monetary Value
    10. Usage Values
    11. Analyzing Baseline Usage Value
    12. Consideration of Costs and Risks
    13. Appraisal Skills and Learning Resources
    14. Summary
    15. Chapter 4 Notes
    16. Chapter 4 Appendices

    Accessioning and Arrangement

    1. Introduction
    2. Accessioning Photograph Collections
    3. Arranging Photograph Collections
    4. Resources Needed for Accessioning and Arrangement
    5. Summary
    6. Chapter 5 Notes

    Description and Cataloging

    1. Introduction
    2. How to Describe Photographs
    3. Planning for Description and Access Tools
    4. Guides to Repository Holdings
    5. Finding Aids
    6. Catalog Records
    7. Authority Records and Authority Files
    8. Guidelines and Standards
    9. Resource Needs and Risk Prevention
    10. Summary
    11. Chapter 6 Notes


    1. Implementing a Preservation Program
    2. Photographs as Physical Objects
    3. Causes of Deterioration
    4. Preservation Environment
    5. Storage Furniture
    6. Enclosure Materials
    7. Housing and Storage Systems
    8. Preservation Procedures
    9. Basic Preservation Steps for Specific Photographic Formats and Processes
    10. Glass Plate Negatives
    11. Lantern Slides
    12. Film Negatives
    13. Color Photographs
    14. Summary
    15. Chapter 7 Notes

    Integrating Preservation and Archival Procedures

    1. Field Work and Preservation Assessment of New Collections
    2. Receiving and Accessioning
    3. Holdings Maintenance
    4. Arrangement and Description
    5. Reference Use of Photographic Materials
    6. Exhibition
    7. Emergency Preparedness
    8. Summary
    9. Chapter 8 Notes

    Reference Services and the Research Room

    1. Introduction
    2. Typical Researchers
    3. Service Levels
    4. The Research Room
    5. Orientation for Researchers
    6. Serving Photographs: Request Slips and Pulling and Refiling Collections
    7. Monitoring the Research Room and Responding to Emergency Situations
    8. Photographic Copying and PUblication Permission Policies
    9. Managing Challenges and Risks of Photographs in the Research Room
    10. Reference Training
    11. Chapter 9 Notes
    12. Chapter 9 Appendices

    Legal and Ethical Issues of Ownership, Access, and Usage

    1. Introduction
    2. Ownership
    3. Copyrights: An Overview
    4. Privacy Law
    5. Publicity Legislation
    6. Obscenity
    7. Ehtical Issues
    8. Simple Misuse of Images
    9. How to Learn More about the Law
    10. Summary
    11. Chapter 10 Notes
    12. Chapter 10 Appendices

    Copying and Duplication

    1. Introduction
    2. Copying vs. Duplication vs. Reformatting
    3. Photographic Industry -- A Period of Change
    4. Institutional Requirements
    5. Use and Reproductive Policies
    6. Establishing a Copy Program
    7. Range of Services
    8. Physical Condition and Format of Original Photographs to Be Copied
    9. Preservation Considerations during Copying
    10. Commercial Copying Practices with Historical Materials
    11. Summary
    12. Chapter 11 Notes

    Digitizing Photographs

    1. Introduction
    2. Benefits of Digitizing Photographs
    3. Uses of Digitized Photographs
    4. Planning a Conversion Project
    5. Digital Imaging Guidelines
    6. Digitization Project Quality Control and Quality Assurance
    7. Managing and Preserving Digital Images
    8. Resources for Learning about Digitizing Photographs
    9. Summary
    10. Chapter 12 Notes

    Outreach : Public Programs, Public Relations, and Fund-Raising.

    1. Introduction
    2. Fifteen Key OUtreach Possibilities
    3. Evaluation
    4. Risks of Outreach
    5. How to Learn More about Outreach
    6. Chapter 13 Notes
    7. Chapter 13 Appendices


    1. Supplies and Equipment for the Care and Storage of Photographic Materials
    2. Setting up a Workstation for Examining and Housing Photographic Materials
    3. Funding Sources
    4. Locating Sources of Assistance
    5. Learning Resources
    6. Sensitive Photographs and Research Access





    From the Back Cover

    Back Cover, Photographs: Archival Care and Management, 2006.

    Back Cover, Photographs: Archival Care and Management, 2006. GGA Image ID # 17232500a6


    "Photographs: Archival Care and Management is a superb manual for the preservation of our nation's photographic heritage at risk. Well written by leading experts, this text clearly summarizes complex issues surrounding photographic identification, appraisal, acquisition, duplication, digitization, and marketing, and offers sensible strategies for long-term care and storage. This book is an essential resource for the protection of photographic holdings—from silver-plated copper daguerreotypes to 'born-digital' prints."

    - DEBRA HESS NORRIS, Chair and Professor, Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware

    "Ritzenthaler and Vogt-O'Connor have pooled their technical expertise and practical experience to produce this essential primer in archival practice and visual literacy, a volume which will surely change the way we think about—and deal with—photographs in cultural heritage institutions. Wide-ranging in scope, generously illustrated, and written with clarity and passion, Photographs: Archival Care and Management is chock full of essential information, theoretical insights, useful advice, and creative solutions—a must for all keepers and users of photographs, as well as anyone interested in the power of the photograph and the archive."

    - JOAN M. SCHWARTZ, Professor, History of Photography, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, and former Chief Photography Acquisition and Research, National Archives of Canada

    "A thorough treatment of managing photographic collections—from chemistry to cataloging, from appraisal to arrangement, from preservation to public programs. Lavishly illustrated and full of helpful tips, the book is detailed yet accessible. It provides precise definitions of terms and processes, while covering guidance in dealing with a wide range of scenarios. Can be used both for instruction and for reference."

    - HOWARD BESSER, Director, NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program

    Library of Congress Catalog Listing

    • Personal name: Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn.
    • Main title: Photographs : archival care and management / by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Diane Vogt-O'Connor with Helena Zinkham, Brett Carnell, and Kit Peterson.
    • Published/Created: Chicago : Society of American Archivists, c2006.
    • Description: xvi, 529 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
    • ISBN: 1931666172
    • LC classification: TR465 .R58 2006
    • Related names: Vogt-O'Connor, Diane; Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn; Archives & manuscripts--administration of photographic collections.
    • Contents: 1. Photographs in archival collections -- 2. History of photographic processes -- 3. Reading and researching photographs -- 4. Appraisal and acquisitions -- 5. Accessioning and arrangement -- 6. Description and cataloging -- 7. Preservation -- 8. Integrating preservation and archival procedures -- 9. Reference services and the research room -- 10. Legal and ethical issues of ownership, access, and usage -- 11. Copying and duplication -- 12. Digitizing photographs -- 13. Outreach : public programs, public relations, and fund-raising
    • LC Subjects: Photographs--Conservation and restoration--Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Photograph collections--Management--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    • Notes: Rev. ed. of: Archives & manuscripts--administration of photographic collections. 1984. Includes bibliographical references (p. 493-510) and index.
    • LCCN: 2006045061
    • Dewey class no.: 771/.46
    • Type of material: Book


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