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Photograph Conservation

Digital Imaging

About Photograph Conservation at NEDCC

Did you know that NEDCC specializes in conservation treatment of photographs?

NEDCC has over forty years of experience in the conservation of photographic materials and is a trusted resource for information on the preservation of photographs. The Center's highly-trained photograph conservators, each with advanced training from leading conservation graduate programs, can provide expert advice and conservation treatment of materials ranging from historic daguerreotypes to contemporary inkjet prints.

Photograph Conservation

NEDCC's services include treatment of fine art and historic photographs, detailed condition evaluations and treatment reports, insurance claim support, museum-quality matting and framing, and emergency response and disaster recovery.  Our facilities are uniquely suited to handle large format photographs and works of art.  We also provide information on best-practices for exhibition and storage; collection assessments and surveys; and educational opportunities such as workshops and in-house consulting.  As a grant subsidized non-profit organization, we can provide general preservation advice at no cost to institutional clients.

Our clients include the Portland Art Museum, Addison Gallery of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Menil Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Paul Simon Archives, and Woody Guthrie Archives.  The diversity of our clients gives us a wide range of experience dealing with the needs of different types of photographic materials and collections.  

Collaboration Between Conservation and Digital Imaging

At NEDCC, conservation treatment and digital imaging can be performed at the same location, minimizing the risks of transporting fragile objects. The Center’s conservation and imaging staff members work collaboratively, bringing many fields of expertise to a project if needed. Digital imaging of photographs can take place after conservation treatment for optimum image capture. 

NEDCC also provides fine ink-jet reproduction printing on acid- and lignin-free papers using pigmented inks to produce long-lasting prints suitable for use as archival surrogates or exhibition quality reproductions.  If treatment is not practical, print reproductions of historical photographs may be an appropriate alternative. In-house framing services make it very convenient if you are  preparing for a rush exhibition, or to accomodate custom framing requests.

An Assessment Can Help You Secure Funding

An assessment is a good way to begin planning for the preservation of a photograph collection. NEDCC offers three types of assessments, Preservation Needs Assessments, Collection-Level Assessments, and Item-by-Item Assessments. NEDCC’s conservators can work with you to provide a cost-effective assessment, and the resulting deailed report often provides the foundation for a successful fundraising initiative.

Ask NEDCC - Free Consultation

Remember, you can always call or email the Center for advice on caring for your photographs or to discuss  conservation or digital imaging for your collection.

Please feel free to call to start a conversation with:

Michael Lee
Director of Paper and Photograph Conservation
(978) 470-1010, ext. 228

Monique Fischer
Senior Photograph Conservator
(978) 470-1010, ext. 229

Terrance D’Ambrosio
Director of Imaging Services
(978) 470-1010, ext. 214

NEDCC, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA 01810-1494 • 978-470-1010 • nedcc.org

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