Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Acquiring and Developing an Offsite High Density Collections Storage Facility In addition to operating state-of-the art preservation quality storage facilities at Ft. Meade, the Library operates a rental property which meets its needs for interim storage. This webinar discusses the Librarys experience in acquiring and developing this facility. Cabin Branch (located in Landover, Md.) shows a way to control costs without compromising on collections care. The webinar will explain how the Library of Congress...
    • Contributor: Herman, Steve - Roache, Rohn - Lev-Alexander, Nancy
    • Date: 2020-04-28
  • Film, Video
    50th Anniversary of the Preservation Research & Testing Division February 2020 was the 50th anniversary of when the Council on Library Resources (now the Council on Library and Information Resources) donated $70,000 to start the research labs that became the Preservation Research and Testing Division at the Library of Congress. This event highlights the skills and expertise of current staff, and shows the impact and changes that have evolved.
    • Contributor: France, Fenella G. - Smith, Cathlin - Nadal, Jacob
    • Date: 2020-02-18
  • Film, Video
    Science Meets Music: Technical Studies of Musical Instruments Technical studies of historical musical instruments remain relatively uncommon in the field of cultural heritage. This program features recent in-depth studies that serve as models of collaborations among curators, conservators and cultural heritage scientists in the field of musical studies. As part of a National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Preservation and Access Grant-funded, collaborative research project involving the Library of Congress, the Catholic...
    • Contributor: Zaleski, Stephanie - Brostoff, Lynn - Kurland, Jayme - Echard, Jean-Philippe - Muller, Isabelle - Ward-Bamford, Carol Lynn
    • Date: 2018-04-10
  • Film, Video
    Digital Restoration Initiative: Reading the Invisible Library Progress over the past decade in the digitization and analysis of text found in cultural objects (inscriptions, manuscripts, scrolls) has led to new methods for reading inaccessible text due to condition, the "invisible library." W. Brent Seales explains the development of non-invasive methods for revealing hidden or inaccessible text, showing results from text restoration projects on Homeric manuscripts, Herculaneum material and Dead Sea scrolls....
    • Contributor: Seales, W. Brent
    • Date: 2018-02-14
  • Film, Video
    A Mold Outbreak in Tbilisi, Georgia: Technical and Interpersonal Challenges Randy Silverman discussed how the Tbilisi State University Library experienced a 15-year mold event that damaged 80,000 rare western books. Blue Shield Georgia's successful Cultural Emergency Response grant from the Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam) supported a 10-day onsite assessment of the problem in January 2017. The consultant assembled conservators, the building's original architect, a preservation architect, and an air conditioning (HVAC) engineer to determine...
    • Contributor: Silverman, Randy
    • Date: 2018-01-10
  • Film, Video
    In Situ Studies of Tidelines on Paper Rachel Obbard discusses Tidelines, or staining produced by wetting, mar the appearance of and weaken paper, which predisposes the paper to further damage. This talk highlighted findings from research that utilizes existing technologies to improve our understanding of tidelines on historical documents, books, and artworks on paper. This collaboration of Dartmouth College, the Library of Congress and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is part...
    • Contributor: Obbard, Rachel
    • Date: 2017-12-04
  • Film, Video
    Tracking the Provenance of Printing in Afghanistan (1871-78) Elham Bakhtary investigated the lithographs' literary influences and argued that the lithographs espoused a unique ethno-Islamic ideology that challenged the substance of Islamic revivalism in India, but also employed the latter's technological and discursive methods in doing so. The lecture concluded with how this similarity suggests that ideas and print technology in South Asia traveled along similar itineraries in the 19th century.
    • Contributor: Bakhtary, Elham
    • Date: 2017-11-16
  • Film, Video
    Centuries of Cellulose: Lessons Learned from the Molecular Analysis of Cellulose in Aged Paper Collections Andrew Davis discussed the work of 20th-centry paper chemist William J. Barrow, whoundertook an ambitious study of 1,000 books printed from the 16th through 20th centuries, meticulously measuring their chemical and physical properties and offering systematic predictions of paper aging and permanence. These same test books now reside in the Center for the Library's Analytical Scientific Samples in the Library of Congress. This talk...
    • Contributor: Davis, Andrew
    • Date: 2017-08-29
  • Film, Video
    Medieval Medicine for Modern Infections Erin Connelly discussed her research involving the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, combined with a severely stalled discovery pipeline for new antibiotics.
    • Contributor: Connelly, Erin
    • Date: 2017-03-07
  • Film, Video
    Project IRENE: Analyzing Images to Digitize Sound on Historic Audio Recordings This lecture describes the IRENE technology, how the method enables the reconstruction of sound from the digital images, and the innovations and challenges relevant to scaling this method for working with thousands of cylinders. The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley is home to nearly 3,000 20th-century ethnographic field recordings that record Native Californians singing and speaking in...
    • Contributor: Dill, Olivia
    • Date: 2016-10-04
  • Film, Video
    Conservation Science & the Daguerreotype Tracing the history of the daguerreotype from Paris to Philadelphia, this lecture explores the various improvements made to Daguerre's process and the ways in which it was used, examines the importance of Robert Cornelius as an American photographer, explains the history and ethics of conservation treatment and expands upon why conservation science-based research is necessary for the long-term preservation of our earliest national photographic...
    • Contributor: Wetzel, Rachel K.
    • Date: 2016-09-01
  • Film, Video
    Expressive Dimensions of Photographic Paper Photo conservator Paul Messier discusses how to better understand the materials used by photographers so that preservationists can better interpret them and care for them. Texture, gloss, color, and sheet thickness -- the defining characteristics of photographic paper -- meaningfully contribute to the visual impact of a photograph. Each of these dimensions were routinely communicated in marketing materials and, for the working darkroom photographer,...
    • Contributor: Messier, Paul
    • Date: 2016-07-12
  • Film, Video
    Contemporary Analog & Digital Color Photographic Prints: Processes, Practice & Accelerated Test Methods for Evaluation Print Permanance The 12 major current digital photographic print processes are discussed, including UV-curable printing and a new inkjet sublimation thermal dye transfer process for printing on large, specially coated aluminum panels.
    • Contributor: Wilhelm, Henry
    • Date: 2015-11-20
  • Film, Video
    Removing Residual Iron in Platinum and Palladium Prints Matthew Clark and Dana Hemingway discuss preservation techniques in the handling of platinum and palladium prints.
    • Contributor: Hemmenway, Dana - Clark, Matthew
    • Date: 2015-10-28
  • Film, Video
    Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation In 1974, the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) accepted its first graduate class of six students towards a masters of science in the conservation of artistic and historic objects. With the graduation of the Class of 2014, the program has produced 364 conservators who have conserved and preserved landmark symbols of our cultural heritage.
    • Contributor: Hamburg, Doris - Hess Norris, Debra - Olcott Price, Lois - Chipman, Alisha
    • Date: 2014-12-01
  • Film, Video
    Evaluating Storage Materials for Cultural Heritage Alternatives to the Oddy Test Eric Breitung discusses research in the Library's preservation section that uses paper instead of metal as a sensor and multiple analytical methods to assess the degradation level of the paper sensor.
    • Contributor: Breitung, Eric
    • Date: 2014-09-04
  • Film, Video
    Hermitage Photograph Conservation Initiative The Hermitage Photograph Conservation Initiative is a collaborative project to provide training in conservation, documentation and cataloging practice to forward the preservation of the museum's collection of more than 470,000 photographs.
    • Contributor: Pourchot, Eric - Robb, Andrew - Sayatina, Tatiana - Bernier, Brenda - Messier, Paul
    • Date: 2014-04-11
  • Film, Video
    Geography & Domestic Recreation in Early Modern Europe This lecture explores how world geography shifted from professional knowledge to general interest in 17th- and 18th-century Europe, looking in particular at domestic activities designed to encourage the collection and memorization of geography by non-professionals, including coloring maps and botanical texts and recipes for colors; interactive prints and games; and geographic memorization cards. Beyond an educational pastime, these activities neatly divided the globe into...
    • Contributor: Stillo, Stephanie
    • Date: 2013-10-28
  • Film, Video
    The Federal Theatre Project: Uncovering Changes in Playscripts of Popular Performances Amy Brady discusses the Federal Theatre Project, America's first and only nationally subsidized theater, and how hyperspectral imaging helped to elucidate the history of some of the project's most popular performances.
    • Contributor: Brady, Amy
    • Date: 2012-10-24
  • Film, Video
    New Research on Iron Gall Ink Prior to the 20th Century, iron gall ink (IGI) was the most common ink in the western world, and a plethora of recipes from which to produce the dark, permanent ink can be found starting from the Middle Ages. The Library's Conservation Division (CD) has led an organized effort to conduct treatment assessment for IGI-containing documents since the late 1990s. At this time, new...
    • Date: 2012-10-11
  • Film, Video
    Visualizing the Nation's Capital (Day 2) This conference showcases the unparalleled cartographic collections at the Library of Congress and engage a wide array of experts in exploring how Washington has evolved over 200 years. Speakers include Jon Campbell, Pamela Scott, Roberta Stevens, Dan Bailey, Thomas Patterson, Susan Spain and Eliza Voigt. (Day Two)
    • Date: 2012-05-19
  • Film, Video
    Visualizing the Nation's Capital (Day 1-Morning) This conference showcases the unparalleled cartographic collections at the Library of Congress and engage a wide array of experts in exploring how Washington has evolved over 200 years. Speakers include James H. Billington, George Tobolowsky, Ralph Ehrenberg, Richard Stephenson, Ronald Grim, Edward Redmond, Patrick O'Neill, William Stanley, Chas Langelan, Don Alexander Hawkins, Charlene Drew Jarvis, Timothy Davis, Iris Miller, Gail Lowe, Douglas Richardson and...
    • Date: 2012-05-18
  • Film, Video
    Visualizing the Nation's Capital (Day 1-Afternoon) This conference showcases the unparalleled cartographic collections at the Library of Congress and engage a wide array of experts in exploring how Washington has evolved over 200 years. Speakers include James H. Billington, George Tobolowsky, Ralph Ehrenberg, Richard Stephenson, Ronald Grim, Edward Redmond, Patrick O'Neill, William Stanley, Chas Langelan, Don Alexander Hawkins, Charlene Drew Jarvis, Timothy Davis, Iris Miller, Gail Lowe, Douglas Richardson and...
    • Date: 2012-05-18
  • Film, Video
    Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College In 1960, Sheldon and Caroline Keck, pioneers in the field of art conservation, established the first U.S. conservation training program at New York University. Ten years later, they established a second program in Cooperstown with the State University of New York at Oneonta. Since its founding, the Cooperstown program has accepted 10 students each year into a three-year course of study towards a master...
    • Date: 2012-02-29
  • Film, Video
    Conservation Education: Commemorating Library Conservation Education Programs In 1992, when Columbia's School of Library Service closed, the conservation and preservation program moved to the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). In the past 30 years, alumni of the programs at Columbia and UT Austin have led preservation departments and conserved library and archive collections across the nation, bringing their unique combination of library science and preservation/conservation knowledge to bear upon...
    • Date: 2011-11-15