THE CONSERVATION OF A PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA
THE COMBINED effort of photograph conservators, book conservators, and curators was fundamental to the successful completion of this project. Although aspects of the treatment that the Jacobs Album received may, to some, be considered controversial, as with any collaborative venture certain compromises are necessary. The safety and stability of the photographs was the primary objective of all participants.
Obviously, the cost of such a treatment is high, greatly restricting the number of items that can be conserved in this manner. For the same amount of money many more objects could have benefited from treatment. The historical value of the album, however, and the availability of expertise and resources fortunately permitted the full conservation of the Jacobs Album.
THE AUTHOR would like to thank Gary Albright, photograph conservator for the Northeast Document Conservation Center for his advice and suggestions which facilitated this treatment. Many thanks are due Klaus Hendriks and the staff of the former Picture Conservation Division of the National Archives of Canada for their assistance and continued support of this project.