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Virginia State University

Project Overview
For over one hundred years Virginia State University has produced and acquired thousands of documents, photographs, and other material documenting African American history in Virginia. The goal of this project was to improve the overall care and preservation of Virginia State University’s photographic collection.  This was accomplished through rehousing and reformatting of the photographic and negative collections, stabilization and treatment of at-risk photographic materials, and the completion of a full preservation assessment of the special collections materials.
Staff members at Virginia State University accomplished project goals through the purchase of supplies, including flat file museum cabinets and a freezer with an alarm system; the training of staff members through online courses and national conferences; the hiring of students for rehousing photographs and an assistant archivist; and the completion of a photographic collections assessment.
In 2007, Laura Wahl, a former Photograph Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, conducted an on-site consultation on the preservation of the photographic collections. She also trained staff on conservation and preservation techniques.
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