Preserving Visual History
Cold Storage / Preservation

Preserving Visual History

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant The progression of the cold storage project has reached a special milestone. After many months of accessioning, inventorying, organizing, and other assessments of our photographic film-based collections, it is now time to implement long term preservation. After close review of the contents of hundreds of boxes, we’ve selected … Continue reading

Size and Scale
Arrangement / Byzantine Institute / Cold Storage / Dumbarton Oaks / Inventory / Kariye Camii / Preservation

Size and Scale

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant Measuring tools are essential to archaeological surveys, excavations, and other kinds of fieldwork. Measurements not only lend themselves to the documentation process, but offer a sense of scale to those who did not see the object or site in person. Amongst the images of scaffolding, trenches, and crumbling … Continue reading

Who is Charles Felix Marie Texier?
Assessment / Cold Storage / Dumbarton Oaks Research Library / Photographs

Who is Charles Felix Marie Texier?

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant Before I begin reorganizing the contents of our cold storage collection of photographic materials I am assessing their current arrangement, their physical state to identify preservation needs, and also making sure all items are accounted for in our inventory list of 73,000+ items. This process involves exciting new … Continue reading

“Non-textual materials”
Assessment / Byzantine Institute / Cold Storage / Dumbarton Oaks / Inventory / Kariye Camii / Preservation

“Non-textual materials”

Written by: Jessica Cebra, ICFA Intern Photographic negatives present many unique challenges to arranging an archival collection of photographic materials. A photograph is an inherently problematic document type containing multiple layers of meaning by which it can be described. An archivist must keep in mind the person, group, or organization responsible for the creative activity that … Continue reading