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Debra
29-May-2016, 17:50
Greetings: I am new to this site and am seeking information about how to conserve and preserve the images on glass plates ranging from 1920s to 1880s. Some of the negatives are adhered to others. I need to know a safe way to separate them. Some of them are very dirty. Is there a recommended way to clean them that will not damage the emulsion?

I volunteer at a local historical organization where one of my tasks is to scan the images in order to preserve them and make them available to the public. The plates range in size from 4 x 5 to 7 x 9 inches, approximately.

jnanian
29-May-2016, 19:56
hi debra

you might contact the new england document conservation center ( nedcc.org )
they might have some suggestions and ideas for you.

Debra
30-May-2016, 20:37
Thank you, I will check out the source you mention.

lfpf
31-May-2016, 12:28
Greetings: I am new to this site and am seeking information about how to conserve and preserve the images on glass plates ranging from 1920s to 1880s. Some of the negatives are adhered to others. I need to know a safe way to separate them. Some of them are very dirty. Is there a recommended way to clean them that will not damage the emulsion?

I volunteer at a local historical organization where one of my tasks is to scan the images in order to preserve them and make them available to the public. The plates range in size from 4 x 5 to 7 x 9 inches, approximately.

Debra,

Also try George Eastman Museum, Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration and National Park Service- https://www.nps.gov/Museum/publications/MHI/Appendix%20R.pdf Note K. Selected Bibliography

American Institute of Conservation http://www.conservation-us.org/

Identification of image type is important to preservation and conservation whether collodion, dry plate, or other.

Someone is waiting for your call.

Best,

Steve