2003 Courses

Cold Storage for Photograph and Film Collections: A Standard for the Smithsonian? (Sarah Stauderman: ReLACT Program) Course Number: C-03-08
April 16, 2003 $15.00 Cost includes refreshments and lunch
Registration deadline: April 4, 2003 Course Limit: 70

This half-day course will focus on the practical aspects of cold storage for photograph and film collections: from international cold storage standards, to building and maintaining a facility, to deciding the temperature and humidity set levels, and protecting the cultural property best suited for storage in cool and cold environments. Experts in the management of photograph and film materials will present lectures, and a tour of a cold storage vault is included.

9:00 Coffee and Networking
9:30 Introductions
9:40 An Introduction to ISO Standards for cold storage for photographs and film - Andrew Robb, member ISO committee and photograph conservator, Library of Congress
10:20 A Survey of Cold Storage at the Smithsonian - Sarah Stauderman, Preservation Manager, Smithsonian Institution Archives (ReLACT Coordinator) and Grace Igot (ReLACT intern)
11:00 Running a Cold Storage Facility: costs, engineering, troubleshooting - Jim Wallace, Director, Office of Imaging and Photographic Services
11:30 Preparing and packaging collection materials for cold storage - Connie McCabe, Photograph Conservator, National Gallery of Art
Noon Panel discussion and wrap up on Smithsonian needs for cold storage, with comments from Sarah Stauderman, SIA; and Pam Wintle, Human Studies Film Archives
1:30 Optional Tour of National Museum of American Indian Cultural Resource Center cold storage vaults - Lou Stancari, photo archivist and Sherri Bonaparte, Archivist -- Space for the tour is limited; sign up at the lecture

Other topics or courses will be incorporated as the SCMRE Education programming evolves.  All SCMRE programs and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Please let us know at least two weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter will be needed.  For further information on these or other SCMRE Education programming, contact:

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