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Preservation Clinic for Books, Papers, & Photographs

  • 15 May 2010
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K St., NW
CityMuseumCarnegieLibrary.jpgDid you photograph or make a video of this past winter's "Snowmageddon" like many of your fellow Washingtonians? You may be wondering how to preserve your personal memories of this historic snowstorm for others to view in the future. If so, here’s the event for you!
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. will host its first Preservation Clinic for Books, Papers, and Photographs, in cooperation with the Washington Conservation Guild and the Library of Congress.  This event is scheduled concurrently with plans for the nation’s first collections-focused National Preservation Week. Scheduled for May 9–15, 2010, Preservation Week is a joint initiative of the Library of Congress, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) of the American Library Association, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  According to the coalition, “The initiative will raise public awareness about preservation of personal, family, community, and public collections by connecting collectors to preservation information and expertise via local libraries and cultural heritage institutions.”

The Preservation Clinic for books, papers, and photographs will be held at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) and members of the public are invited to make an appointment to consult with professional art conservators from the Washington Conservation Guild.  Appointments will be 10 minutes long and the public is encouraged to bring family photos, books and papers, for the conservators to view.  Guidelines and advice will be given for the care, handling, and proper storage of these materials. Free hand-outs will include conservation materials, samples, and catalogues.

In addition, short preservation-related presentations will be on-going, in the HSW theater. Marlan Green, Audiovisual Preservation Librarian at the Library of Congress will give a talk and demonstration covering the preservation of audiovisual materials (films, videos, cassettes, etc). Bryan Draper, on staff at the University of Maryland, will share a display on book binding and repair. Check our website for updates on other presenters. (
Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space-available basis. Reservations are highly recommended; call 202-383-1850. (Ages 16 to Adults) FREE

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