Educational Resources

Photograph by M Halberstadt
Photograph by M Halberstadt, © The M. Halberstadt Family Trust


Electronic Publications

Canadian Conservation Institute

Care of Encased Photographic Images (Notes 16/1), 2007

Care of Black-and-White Photographic Glass Plate Negatives (Notes 16/2), 2007

Care of Black-and-White Photographic Negatives on Film (Notes 16/3), 2007

Care of Black-and-White Photographic Prints (Notes 16/4), 2007

Care of Colour Photographic Materials (Notes 16/5), 2007

Processing contemporary black-and-white photographic films and papers for maximum permanence (Notes 16/6), 2007

Preventive Conservation and Risks

International Organization for Standardization

The following publications are available for purchase through the ISO website:

Imaging Materials – Processed Silver-Gelatin Type Black-and-White Specifications for Stability ISO 18901:2010

Imaging Materials – Processed Photographic Films, Plates and Papers—Filing Enclosures and Storage Containers ISO 18902:2013 (E)

Imaging Materials – Processed Safety Photographic Films – Storage Practices ISO 18911:2010 (E)

Imaging Materials – Processed Photographic Plates – Storage Practices ISO 18918:2000 (E)

Image Permanence Institute

IPI’s Guide to Preservation of Digitally-Printed Images. Daniel M. Burge.
Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 2014

A Consumer Guide to Materials for Preservation Framing and the Display of Photographic Images. Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 2010

IPI Media Storage Quick Reference. Peter Z. Adelstein.
Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 2009

Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials. James M. Reilly.
Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 1998

IPI Storage Guide for Acetate Film. James M. Reilly.
Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 1993

Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints. James M. Reilly.
Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 2009


Library of Congress

Care, Handling, and Storage of Photographs – Overview

Care, Handling, and Storage of Photographs. Leaflet, 2002

Digital Preservation at the Library of Congress



The Acetate Negative Survey. Final ReportDavid G. Horvath.
Louisville, KY: University of Louisville, 1987

After the Fire: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family TreasuresFEMA.
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, 2015

The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital. Henry Wilhelm and Carol Brower. Grinnell, Iowa: Preservation Publishing Company, 2013

The Care of Photographs. Sigfried Rempel. 
New York: Nick Lyons Books, 1987

Digitizing Your Photos With Your Camera and Lightroom. Peter Krogh
DAMUseful (2017)

Focus on Photo Care and PreservationUniversity of Kentucky.
Lexington: UK Cooperative Extension Service 

The Photo Archive Handbook. Mary Engel.
New York City: American Photography Archives Group, 2017

Photographs: Archival Care and Management. Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Diane L. Vogt-O’Conner. 
Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2006

Photographs of the Past: Process and Preservation. Bertrand Lavédrine.
Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2009

Twentieth Century Color Photographs : Identification and Care. Sylvie Pénichon.
Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2013


Online Tools and Training 

Art360 Foundation

AV Preserve

California Preservation Program

Connecting to Collections Care

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

CoOL Conservation OnLine


Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative


Getty Conservation Institute-AATA Online

Graphics Atlas

National Park Service Museum Management Program

National Park Service Cold Storage Presentation

Northeast Document Conservation Center-Current Training Programs

Northeast Document Conservation Center-Preservation Leaflets

Photographic Materials Group

Scanning Photos with Your Camera – video by Peter Krogh
This video (approximately 1 hour 40 minutes) and associated book explain a simple yet effective method to scan photos and other flat documents using a camera and a copy stand, and how to integrate the files into a database program like Lightroom. Peter Krogh is an American photographer, author, public speaker, filmmaker and publisher. He is best known for his work in the field of digital asset management (DAM).

Wilhelm Imaging Research