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CARING FOR AUDIO-VISUAL AND PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS

Some references for sources for preservation or restoration.

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
172 Second Avenue North
Suite 202
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 255-2971
FAX (615) 255-2979
Historic preservation information.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)
1717 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 452-9545
FAX (202) 452-9328
E-mail: info@aic-faic.org
Provides referrals for conservators.

American Museum of the Moving Image
35th Avenue at 36th Street
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 784-4520
FAX (718) 784-4681
Exhibits; screenings; lectures; seminars; educational programs; publications.

Association for Information & Image Management (AIIM)
1100 Wayne Avenue
Suite 1100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-8202
Photographic materials preservation.

Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)
PO Box 10162
Silver Spring, MD 20914-0057
(301) 593-6552
Audio preservation.

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)
c/o National Center for Film & Video Preservation
PO Box 27999
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 8856-77637
Film and video preservation.

Bay Area Video Coalition
Contact: Grace Lan
1111 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 861-3282
FAX (415) 861-4316
Video preservation.

California Museum of Photography
3824 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Mailing address: University of California, Riverside, CA 92521
(909) 787-4787
FAX (909) 787-4797
Collection: 19th-20th century photos, stereoview negatives and prints, cameras and equipment; library; exhibits; laboratory; lectures and symposia; tours; educational programs; exploratorium; publications.

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8
Canada
(613) 998-3721
FAX (613) 998-4721
Photographic materials conservation; CCI Notes sections 15 and 16.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 227-8666
FAX (415) 243-8660
Original cartoon art, flat graphics and animation cels, video and films; library; lectures; publications.

Center for Magnetic Recording Research
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
(619) 534-6198
FAX (619) 534-8059
Audio and video preservation.

Council on Library and Information Resources
1755 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 939-4750
Fax: (202) 939-4765
Photographic materials preservation.

Film Music Society
PO Box 93536
Hollywood, CA 90093-0536
(818) 248-5775
Information on film music.

George Eastman House
International Museum of Photography and Film
900 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
(716) 271-3361
FAX (716) 271-3970
Photographic materials preservation; large diverse collection; exhibits; archive; photographic conservation center; publications; educational programs; symposia.

Image Permanence Institute (IPI)
Rochester Institute of Technology
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Building
PO Box 9887
70 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 146623--0887
(716) 475-2303/5199
Photographic materials preservation.

International Center of Photography
1130 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
(212) 860-1777
FAX (212) 360-6490
Large diverse collection; exhibits; library; b&w/color labs; publications; lectures; educational programs.

International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)
1 rue Defacqz
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
(32-2) 538-3065
FAX (32-2) 534 4774
Provides information on collections, restoration and exhibition of films and cinema documentation spanning the entire history of film.

International Museum of Cartoon Art
201 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
(561) 391-2200
FAX (561) 391-2721
Collections; exhibits; educational programs.

Library of Congress
Madison Building, LMG-07
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540
(202) 707-7833 Recorded Sound of the Motion Picture Division
(202) 707-1000 Film & TV
(202) 707-5213 Preservation Office
(202) 707-5608 Conservation
(202) 707-1840 National Preservation Office
Photographic materials conservation.

Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada
897 Belmont Street
Watertown, MA 02172
(617) 489-5123
E-mail: maglanso@satx.net
Lantern slide projectors dating back to the 17th century and other kinetic vintage type optical toys.

The Margaret Herrick Library
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
333 South La Cienega
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 247-3020
Library focusing on information on all facets of motion pictures.

National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)
Preservation Policy & Services Division
8th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408
Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler (202) 523-3300
Steve Puglia (301) 713-6713
Photographic materials conservation.

National Archives and Records Administration
Motion Picture Sound and Video Branch
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

National Archives of Canada
Contact: Gregory Hill
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N3
Canada
(613) 992-1628
FAX (613) 995-2883
Photographic materials conservation.

National Center for Film & Video Preservation
American Film Institute
2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 856-7637
FAX (213) 4467-4578
Film and video preservation.

National Film Preservation Board
Contact: Steve Leggett
Library of Congress
M/B/RS Division
Washington, DC 20540
(202) 707-5912
(202) 707-2371
Film preservation.

National Park Service
Division of Conservation
Harpers Ferry Center
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-6139
Provides publications (Conserve-O-Grams) and training.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
17885 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 673-4146
FAX (202) 673-4038
Photographic materials preservation.

Polaroid Corporate Archives
119 Windsor Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 386-8862
FAX (617) 386-8881
Archive of photographs.

Research Center on the Materials of the Artist and Conservator
Mellon Institute
440 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-6854
FAX (412) 268-6945
Scientific research in conservation of libraries and archives (including photographic materials) and fine and decorative arts.

Rochester Institute of Technology
T&E Center
60 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604
(716) 475-2736
FAX (716) 475-7052
Photographic materials preservation.

Society for the Preservation of Film Music
10850 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 770
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(213) 474-5225
FAX (213) 474-2132
Audio preservation.

Wexner Center for the Arts
Contact: Bill Horrigan
Ohio State University
North High Street at 15th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1393
(614) 292-03300
FAX (614) 292-3369/2827
Cleaning and remastering videos.

ADDITIONAL INTERNET SOURCES:

Collector Online Club Directory
Directory of clubs related to antiques and collectibles.

Conservation Online
Reference links to photographic materials and their preservation.

Electronic Media Group of the American Institute for Conservation
Links and resources for electronic media.

Film, Preservation and Cultural Organizations
Numerous links for preservation of film.

Heritage Conservation and Historic Preservation
Reference links to photographic materials and their preservation.

International Directory of Photography Historians
Directory of historians dealing with photography.

Northeast Document Conservation Center
Preservation information.

Northern States Conservation Center: Photographs & Sound Recordings
Links to information on photographs and sound recordings.

SIRIUS
Digital reconstruction of old motion picture films.

Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE)
Information on photographic materials.

Vidipax
Reference links to photographic materials and their preservation.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Baldwin, Gordon. Looking at Photographs. Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991.

Bartoli, Renato (technical editor), Peter Adelstein, Donald J. Axelrod, Kenneth R. Kurttila, Mark H. McCormick-Goodhart, and David R. Wolf. Micrographic Film Technology, 4th edition, 1992, Silver Spring, MD: Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM).

Boyle, Deirdre. Video Preservation: Securing the Future of the Past. New York: Media Alliance, 1993.

Eastman Kodak Company. International Glossary of Photographic Terms.   Rochester, NY: Eastman Kodak Company, 1973.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Care, Storage and Handling of Photographs.

Martin, Elizabeth. Collecting and Preserving Old Photographs. London: WIlliam Collins Sons & Co., Ltd., 1988.

McCormick-Goodhart, Mark H. "The Allowable Temperature and Relative Humidity Range for the Safe Use and Storage of Photographic Materials," Journal of the Society of Archivists, vol. 17, no. 1, 1996.

National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Information sheets and bibliographies on photographic materials.

Paine, Crispin, editor. 7. Standards in the Museum: Care of Photographic Collections, 1996, London: Museums & Galleries Commission.

Porro, Jennifer, ed. Photographic Preservation and the Research Library. Mountain View, CA: Research Libraries Group, Inc.

Reilly, James. Care and Identificaiton of Ninteenth-Century Photographic Prints. Kodak Publication G-2S. Rochester, NY: Eastman Kodak Co., 1986.

Schultz, Arthur W., ed. Caring for Your Collections. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992.

Smithsonian Institution Archives. Bibliography on Preservation of Audio Tape, September 1987, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Intitution Archives.

St-Laurent, Gilles. The Care and Handling of Recorded Sound Materials, January 1996, National Library of Canada.

Stroebel, Leslie and Todd, Hollis N. Dictionary of Contemporary Photography. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Morgan & Morgan, Inc. Publishers, 1974.

Van Bogart, John. Magnetic Tape Storage and Handling: A Guide for Libraries and Archives.  Washington, DC: National Media Lab and Commission on Preservation and Access, 1995.

Wilhelm, Henry and Carol Brower. The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures, 1st edition, 1993, Grinnell, IA: Preservation Publishing Company.

This list is not all-inclusive. You can also contact your state archives and records services; your local historical society or museum; or a nearby university or college art or photography department.

The Smithsonian Institution, Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), gives no endorsements for any products, materials or services mentioned in this pamphlet and is not responsible for problems from their use or misuse. MCI does not make any warranty, expressed or implied; does not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information of process disclosed; nor represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. If any organizations or pertinent information has been inadvertently excluded please contact MCI.

Compiled by: Ann N'Gadi
Special Thanks to: Mary T. Baker, Mark McCormick-Goodhart, Dianne van der Reyden
Created: June 1996
Updated: March 2004

 

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