Your Photograph Scrapbook: Identification and Preservation


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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA


The histories of books and photographs have intertwined since the invention of the first print process, the photogenic drawing. Whereas photobooks tend to be either works of art or commercially published texts, albums and scrapbooks are unique objects compiled by individuals to record their own history. The preservation best practices for all of these formats are dictated by the photographs they contain, the book structure, and the sometimes competing needs of the two.

This workshop will cover the common structures, materials, and methods of attachment for the photographic prints in photobooks, albums, and scrapbooks; discuss how to evaluate and address condition issues; review storage, display, and environment; and cover the basics of reformatting and digitization. Examples of photobooks, albums, and scrapbooks from the 19th and 20th centuries will be available for examination and discussion.  


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