Twenty HBCU students attend UD photograph preservation workshop

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  • HBCU. Student Christopher Houchen of the Atlanta University Center's Woodruff Library, Shannon Brogdon-Grantham and Debra Hess Norris. Photo Evan Krape.
  • HBCU. Donna Sanford, left, of Councill Trenholm State Technical College, and Johnsha Gooch, of Fisk University, examine a gelatin glass plate negative in the lab. Photo Evan Krape.

From a June 19, 2012 article by Ann Manser for UDaily:

For students from 10 historically black colleges and universities who took part in a seven-day preservation workshop at the University of Delaware this June, a picture might really seem to be worth a thousand words of history. The hands-on program, led by Department of Art Conservation faculty members Debra Hess Norris [Henry Francis duPont Chair in Fine Arts and ARTC Chair] and Jae Gutierrez [WUDPAC Associate Director], gave the students training and practice in preservation techniques. All will return to their institutions and assist with work on photo collections there. . . . The 20 students attending the workshop learned to examine old photos from a new point of view and an eye to how each item should be stored to prevent damage to the paper or finish. They learned the different types of photos that preceded today's digital imagery — daguerreotypes, tintypes and Cyanotypes, for example -- and created some of their own images using traditional processes on photographic paper. . . . The workshop participants came from a variety of majors. Only some are considering careers in conservation or museum work, Norris said, but all are interested in history and in assisting with collections in their institution's library or archives.

To read the full UDaily article, click here.

Images: Examining old photos in a UD preservation lab are, from left, student Christopher Houchen of the Atlanta University Center's Woodruff Library, Shannon Brogdon-Grantham and Debra Hess Norris; Donna Sanford, left, of Councill Trenholm State Technical College, and Johnsha Gooch, of Fisk University, examine a gelatin glass plate negative in the lab. Photos by Evan Krape for UDaily.