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.
Photographs in archival collections -- History of photographic processes -- Reading and researching photographs -- Appraisal and acquisitions -- Accessioning and arrangement -- Description and cataloging -- Preservation -- Integrating preservation and archival procedures -- Reference services and the research room -- Legal and ethical issues of ownership, access, and usage -- Copying and duplication -- Digitizing photographs -- Outreach : public programs, public relations, and fund-raising -- Appendices. Supplies and equipment for the care and storage of photographic materials ; Setting up a workstation for examining and housing photographic materials ; Funding sources ; Locating sources of assistance ; Learning resources ; Sensitive photographs and research access
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