JAIC 1991, Volume 30, Number 1, Article 5 (pp. 41 to 73)
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Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
JAIC 1991, Volume 30, Number 1, Article 5 (pp. 41 to 73)

PRESERVATION OF 19TH-CENTURY NEGATIVES IN THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

CONSTANCE McCABE


ABSTRACT—This article discusses an extensive project to preserve nearly 8,000 collodion glass plate negatives of portrait and field work by noted photographers Matthew Brady, William Henry Jackson, Timothy H. O'Sullivan, and others. Information is presented about the constituents of collodion negatives and the characteristic deterioration related to inherent compositional factors. Finally, preservation issues such as photographic duplication, rehousing, and storage are addressed.

Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. NEED FOR PRESERVATION
3. THE WET COLLODION NEGATIVE PROCESS
4. IDENTIFICATION OF COLLODION NEGATIVES
5. CONDITION AND DETERIRATION
6. PRESERVATION OF COLLODION NEGATIVES
7. CONCLUSION
a: Notes , References , Author Information
Entire Article

Copyright 1991 American Institute of Historic and Artistic Works