Online Workshop: Rehousing and Preserving Photograph Collections

  • 16 Jul 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Rehousing and Preserving Photograph Collections

An online workshop

Registration limit increased to 15 on 6/19/20

This event was originally was rescheduled from June 14 to July 16 in accordance with guidelines released in late April by the governor of Maine and the University of Southern Maine's reopening timeline. On June 17, the Glickman Library delayed their reopening plans, so this workshop will be held instead online via Zoom.

This workshop is for those who work with collections that contain various photographic processes, negatives, and films. This includes paper, glass, and metal type photograph processes. Environmental conditions such as temperature, relative humidity, and UV light all play a part in the deterioration of these types of collections.

Participants will learn how to identify different photograph processes and what materials and best conditions are required for preservation. The instructor will demonstrate how to handle fragile or photographs with unique properties. The instructor will also discuss various rehousing materials and their properties.

The objectives of this workshop are:

  1. Identify photographic processes
  2. Learn what can cause deterioration of photographic materials
  3. Learn basic preservation methods to protect various types photograph
  4. Differentiate types of rehousing materials for photographs, film, and harmful types
  5. Touch upon the different needs in the preservation of physical photographs and their digital counterparts. 
This is a half-day workshop: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Special requirements: Please bring any photographs you have concerns about for open discussion on preservation needs. Lecture documents will be provided to all users in advance via email (.doc files).

Your Presenter

Anastasia Weigle is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine, Augusta, and owns INABIND Studio. As a book conservator, bookbinder, and artist she has taught various workshops in bookbinding, materials repair, altered book and assemblage/multimedia art. Anastasia holds a B.A. in Natural Science Illustration with a minor in Museum Studies, an M.S.L.I.S. in Archives Management and is currently a doctoral candidate at Simmons College in Information Science. Anastasia's extensive background in library and museum archives has also spilled into her work as an assemblage artist. Her work reflects her profession as an archivist. Her academic skills and her artistic talents are tightly woven together to create a cohesive, structured body of work, which encourages the viewer to discover a piece of themselves inside her art. Anastasia was featured on National Cable Television HGTV’s “That’s Clever” in August 2006 and March 2007, was listed in the 2008 Studio Visit art catalog, featured as one of the ten assemblage artists in the Jan/Feb 2009 Maine Home and Design magazine, and in 1000 Artists Books. Anastasia has published works in The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Preserving Local Writers, Genealogists, Photographs, Newspapers, and Related Materials, and in the forthcoming book Genealogy and the Librarian: Perspectives on Research, Instruction, Outreach and Management.

Attending an Online Workshop

This workshop was originally scheduled to take place in person at the University of Maine Glickman Family Library in Portland. Delays in USM's reopening timeline have caused this workshop to be moved online using Zoom.

To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 

Online registration will be open through July 14.  To register after this date, contact Anastasia Weigle at

To ensure opportunities for interaction between attendees and the presenter, registration is limited to only 15 participants (the limit was increased from 10 to 15 when we moved from in-person to online format). Register early to reserve your space! If the workshop fills up before you register, you can register to be on the wait list.

Registration is $40 for MAM members (log in first to activate the member rate), or $55 for nonmembers.  If you're not a member, join today!

Funding has been provided by The Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

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