Conservation: Re-housing

 Description Create a plan to house the contents of an archival collection. You will be provided with the finding aid for the collection, and a separate list of the numbers of items of different types. (300 photographs, 1000 paper documents, etc.) The purpose of the assignment is to use the information from the finding aid to predict the types of materials you would expect to find in the collection and then describe how you would make decisions about re-housing them. Through this assignment, you will apply knowledge about the preservation of library and archives collections gained during the semester to carry out a common preservation planning activity. Your answers to these questions should be provided in the form of a research paper, written in prose, with an introduction and conclusion. You should include facts and possibly direct quotations to support your arguments and cite them using a notes and bibliography citation style. Note that although the assignment is based on a real collection, you are not expected to look at the actual collection, but are expected to use the list of items and formats in the finding aid to bring in universal facts about preservation of library and archives collections. Detailed instructions for the contents of your report (please be sure to address each of these areas as instructed): Re-housing: – In determining the specific formats that might be present in the collection, use information from the finding aid to guide you. Example, if there are 100 photographs, and the collection’s creator lived between 1840 and 1920, what types of photographic processes would you expect to find (e.g. glass plate negatives, matte colloidion prints and so on). You’ll have to make assumptions, which you should explain. Then, be guided by the choices you’ve made in specifying the housing types you will need. –Glass plate negatives require four-flap envelopes and padded storage, etc.