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On the New Books Shelf - Photographs: Archival Care and Management

The Bibliographers of the Dewey Library are continually developing the library’s collection of books and materials. Many of the new books and items that are added to the collection are first placed on the New Books Display shelf. One book of particular interest for Information Studies students in the archival studies track that is currently located on the New Books Display shelf is the recently acquired Photographs: Archival Care and Management by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler.

There are a myriad of important and relevant topics covered within this book that are especially pertinent to students on the Archives track. The book starts by taking a look at photographs from historical, aesthetic, and sociological perspectives, specifically the historical significance of the work done by the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression in documenting the effects of the depression through the use of photographs. It then goes into some basic background information related to the characteristics of photographs, such as how to read and research photographs for archival and research purposes and how to describe photographs that would best facilitate their incorporation into an archives’ finding aids and catalog records.

Once this general framework regarding photographs as been set, the book gets into a discussion of the archival and preservation aspects of collecting and maintaining photographs. Some of these topics focus on the digitization of photographs, and include guidelines for creating digital images out of physical photographs and film negatives, quality control and quality assurance regarding a digitization project, planning a digital conversion project, and managing and preserving digital images.

The other main area of focus in this book covers the archiving and preservation of physical photographs. Some of these topics include the preservation environment, selecting the appropriate enclosure materials and storage furniture, preservation procedures, creating and implementing a successful preservation program, photographs as physical objects, housing and storage systems, and causes of deterioration.

If you would like to check out Photographs: Archival Care and Management, here is the call number for the book. Please note that it is currently located on the New Books Display Shelf:

Dewey Library / Oversized * TR 465 R58 2006

If you have any questions or need any help conducting research in the field of Information Studies, please contact our Bibliographer for Information Studies, Deborah Bernnard. She can be reached by email at dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu, or by calling 442-3699.

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