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The purpose of the Photographic Materials Conservation Catalog is to compile knowledge of conservation treatment procedures and information pertinent to the preservation and exhibition of photographic materials. Although the catalog inventories techniques used by photographic materials conservators, the information is not intended to establish definitive procedures nor to provide step-by-step recipes for the non-professional. Inclusion of information in the catalog does not constitute an endorsement nor approval of any procedure described. The catalog is written by conservators for conservators, as an aid to decision making. Individuals are solely responsible for determining the safety, adequacy, and appropriateness of a treatment for a given project and must understand the possible effects of the treatment on the photographic material treated.

The ongoing process of creating and maintaining a photographic materials conservation catalog benefits the work of photographic materials conservators in several ways, not the least of which is the possibility of understanding colleagues' work more clearly and sharing knowledge to advance the expertise of the field as a whole. The process of compiling a catalog provides a forum for information exchange among practicing photographic materials conservators. At a time when a shortage of published information on actual conservation treatments and when the behavior and degradation processes of photographic materials are still imperfectly understood, the need for this kind of information exchange is acutely necessary.

At the 1989 Kansas City Winter Meeting, the Photographic Materials Group nominated a catalog organizing committee to survey the membership about initiating a photographic materials conservation catalog similar in concept to the Paper Conservation Catalog (PCC). Committee members, Nora Kennedy, Sarah Wagner, and John McElhone, surveyed the membership to determine if 1) a catalog was desired, 2) if so, were the proposed topics and PCC format acceptable, and 3) would there be volunteers to compile and contribute to outlines. Survey results were presented at the AIC-PMG Meeting in Richmond in 1990. The membership endorsed the idea of starting a conservation catalog, with the understanding that a rigid production schedule could not be initiated due to the limited size of the membership and volunteer nature of the project. The first three topics for which there were interested compilers included Inpainting (Debbie Hess Norris, Kathy Gillis, and Alison Luxner, compilers), Exhibits (initiated by Douglas Severson, transferred to Stephanie Watkins, compiler), and Cased Objects (John McElhone, compiler). These original three printed chapters are now accessible online as PDF's as historic references. Their WIKI equivalents are available for updating.

In late 2008-early 2009, the PMCC printed chapters became online WIKI's. Subsequently, information gathered in the 2008 PMG membership survey initially directed PMCC WIKI content and development. Since then, the PMCC WIKI committee oversaw efforts on developing larger conservation community interests, such as Examination and Documentation, Testing, and Emergency Preparedness, Rescue, and Salvage.

All sections of the Photographic Materials Conservation Catalog WIKI are open for professional membership development at present. Your contributing efforts to expand the information available for the benefit of all within this WIKI is most appreciated. To participate, read Getting Started on the AIC WIKI main page, Begin Contributing to PMG's WIKI on the PMG PMCC WIKI main page, or contact any current PMG PMCC WIKI committee member linked from the PMCC WIKI main page. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your participation in developing your WIKI PMCC resource.

The Photographic Materials Group's Photographic Materials Conservation Catalog-WIKI committee, 2015


YEARLY OVERVIEW OF DEVELOPMENT
(editor note: this portion still in development; coding and adding contributors and activity. Please bear with us during development.)

2020 (1 July currently, 18 total creators and 39 total contributors in 11 years)
Administrative:

  • New. Begin contributing to PMG's WIKI (guide); Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins
  • Brief History of PMG: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins. Annual officer and site updates.
  • Statement of Purpose: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins. Adding history.
  • PMG Blank Template: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins. Adding + continuing more sample coding for newer creators.
  • Exhibition Guidelines: Creators: Lcasella, SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins, LCasella. Editing typos; un-numbering
    • Spanish translators and reviewers: Cecilia Salgado, Vanessa Castillo
  • Silver Mirroring: Spanish translators and reviewers: Cecilia Salgado, Vanessa Castillo


Sections:

  • New. Releasing, Detaching, Separating; Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: Barb Lemmen, Michelle Sullivan (gels), SWatkins
  • Gels (renamed from Rigid Gels): Creators: Lcasella, SWatkins; Contributors: Michelle Sullivan, Amber Kehoe, Lcasella, SWatkins
  • Photographic Processes: Creator: Lcasella; Contributors: Lcasella, Joan Walker
  • Glass: Creator: Kwhitman; Contributor: Kwhitman
  • Surface cleaning: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins,
    • Spanish translators and reviewers: Cecilia Salgado, Vanessa Castillo
  • Unmounting: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: Gary Albright, Cecilia Salgado, Vanessa Castillo
  • Mending, Repair, Filling: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins
  • Consolidation/Flattening Cracks: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: Gary Albright
  • Backing, Lining, Mounting: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: Gary Albight, SWatkins
  • Inpainting: Creator: Mwessling; Contributors: Mwessling, Sarah Wagner,
    • Spanish translators and reviewers: Cecilia Salgado, Vanessa Castillo


2019

  • Brief History of PMG: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins. Annual officer and site updates.
  • New. Rigid Gels: Creator: Lcasella: 1 contributor, Lcasella
  • Photographic Processes: Creator: Lcasella; Contributor: Lcasella
  • Surface cleaning: Creator: SWatkins; Contributor: SWatkins


2018

  • Brief History of PMG: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins. Annual officer and site updates.
  • Mending, Repair, Filling: Creator: Heather Brown; Contributor: Heather Brown
  • Inpainting: Creator: Heather Brown; Contributor: Heather Brown


2017

  • Brief History of PMG: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins. Annual officer and site updates.
  • New. Unanswered Research Questions: Creator: SWatkins; 2 contributors; Kwhitman, SWatkins
  • Photographic Processes: Creator: SWatkins
  • Unmounting: Creator: SWatkins
  • Backing, Lining, Mounting: Creator: SWatkins
  • New. History of Dry Mount, Lamination: Creator: SWatkins: 1 contributor; SWatkins


2016

  • Preservation Housing Materials and Formats: Creator: Lcasella
  • Photographic Processes: Creator: Lcasella, SWatkins
  • New. Washing, Bleaching, Stain Reduction: Creator: Lcasella
  • Mending, Repair, Filling: Creators: Amaloney, SWatkins
  • Backing, Lining, Mounting: Creator: SWatkins
  • Humidifying, Drying, Flattening; Creators: SWatkins, Lcasella


2015
Administrative:

  • Brief History of PMG: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins. Annual officer and site updates.
  • Statement of Purpose: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins.
  • New. PMG Blank Template: Creator: Lcasella, SWatkins; Contributors: Lcasella, SWatkins

Sections:

  • Examination and Documentation: Creators: JMXexton, Amaloney, LC
  • Emergency Response, Salvage, Recovery: Creator: Amaloney
  • Mold and Foxing Remediation: Creator: Ademarinis
  • Exhibition Guidelines: Creator: SWatkins
  • Glass: Creator: Amaloney
  • Surface cleaning: Creators: Amy Brost, SWatkins, Lcasella
  • Unmounting: Creators: Amanda Maloney, Luisa Casella, SWatkins
  • New. Washing, Bleaching, Stain Reduction Creator:Lcasella 1 contributor; Lcasella
  • Mending, Repair, Filling: Creator: Lpanadero
  • Backing, Lining, Mounting: Creators: JMSexton, SWatkins
  • New. Collaborative Workshops Biblographies: Creator: Lcasella 1 contributor; Lcasella?
  • New. Conservation Treatment Bibliographies: Creator: Swatkins 1 contributor; Debra Hess Norris


2014

  • New. Brief History of PMG: Creators: Luisa Casella, SWatkins; Contributors: Lcasella, SWatkins
  • Statement of Purpose: Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: SWatkins.
  • Examination and Documentation: Creators: JMXexton, Lcasella
  • Testing and Instrumental Analysis: Creators: JMXexton, Lcasella
  • Environmental Standards and Storage Guidelines: Creators: Lcasella, SWatkins
  • Preservation Housing Materials and Formats: Creators: Lcasella, SWatkins
  • (AIC) Emergency Response Salvage Triage: Creator: SWatkins
  • Mold and Foxing Remediation: Creators; Lcasella, SWatkins
  • Photographic Processes: Creators: SWatkins, Lcasella
  • Color Materials: Creator: Lcasella, SWatkins
  • Digital; Creator: Monique Fischer, SWatkins
  • Cased Objects; Creator: Amanda Maloney, Luisa Casella, SWatkins
  • New. Preservation of Plastics Creator: Lcasella ZERO contributors
  • New. Multi-media, collage, and composite Lcasella 1 contributor, Luisa Casella
  • Surface cleaning: Creators: Luisa Casella, Ronel Namde, Suzy Morgan, SWatkins
  • Pressure-Sensitive Tape and Attachment Removal (PM focus); Creators: Amaloney, SWatkins
  • New. Unmounting: Creators: Skawasumi, Smorgan, LCasella, SWatkins; 7 contributors MLBeauchamp, Luisa Casella, SWatkins, Thomas M. Edmondson, Saori Kawasumi Lewis, AL, Amparo Escolano (gels)
  • Mending, Repair, Filling. Creator: Smorgan, SWatkins
  • New. Consolidation and Flattening Cracks; Creators: Lcasella, SWatkins; 4 contributors: Gary Albright, Thomas M. Edmondson, Luisa Casella, SWatkins
  • Backing, Lining, Mounting: Creator: Esti Guzman, Smorgan, SWatkins
  • Humidifying, Drying, Flattening; Creators: SWatkins
  • Inpainting: Creator: Lcasella
  • Connoisseurship, History, Fakes, Forgeries; Creator: Lcasella, SWatkins


2013

  • Mold and Foxing Remediation; Creator: Luisa Casella
  • Digital; Creator: Heather Brown
  • Cased Objects; Creator: Luisa Casella


2012

  • Examination and Documentation: Creator: SWatkins
  • Mold and Foxing Remediation: Creators: Amaloney, SWatkins
  • Photographic Processes: Creator: SWatkins
  • Digital: Creator: SWatkins
  • Glass: Creator: Kwhitman; Contributor: Kwhitman
  • New. Surface cleaning: Creator: SWatkins: 4 contributors: Ronel Namde, Amy Brost, Luisa Casella, SWatkins
  • New. Pressure-Sensitive Tape and Attachment Removal (PM focus); Creator: SWatkins; Contributors: Amanda Maloney; SWatkins
    • (meager content moved to Releasing, Detaching, Separating in 2020)
  • Backing, Lining, Mounting; Creator: Esti Guzman, SWatkins
  • Humidifying, Drying, Flattening; Creators: Brenda Bernier, SWatkins
  • Connoisseurship, History, Fakes, Forgeries; Creator: SWatkins


2011

  • Statement of Purpose: Creator: SWatkins; 1 contributor: SWatkins
  • Preservation Housing Materials and Formats: Creator: SWatkins
  • Exhibition Guidelines: Creator: SWatkins
  • Photographic Processes: Creators: Lcasella, SWatkins
  • Cased Objects: Creator: SWatkins, Lcasella (added images?)
  • Glass: Creator: Kwhitman; Contributor: Kwhitman
  • Backing, Lining, Mounting: Creator: SWatkins
  • Added to WIKI; Humidifying, Drying, Flattening: Creators: Lcasella, SWatkins LOOK AT MORE CLOSELY; begun off-line
  • Connoisseurship, History, Fakes, Forgeries; Creator: SWatkins


2010

  • Testing and Instrumental Analysis: Creators: Herman Maes, SWatkins
  • Preservation Housing Materials and Formats: Creator: Tania Passafiume
  • Exhibition Guidelines: Creator: SWatkins
  • New; Photographic Processes: Creator: SWatkins; 10 contributors (need to list)
  • Color Materials: Creator: SWatkins
  • New; Digital: Creator: Monique Fischer, SWatkins; 2 contributors: Monique Fischer, Heather Brown
  • Cased Objects: Creator: SWatkins
  • Added to WIKI: Glass: Creators: Kwhitman, SWatkins
  • Added to WIKI: Silver Mirroring: Creator: SWatkins
  • Inpainting: Creators: SWatkins


2009, September: PMG's PMCC WIKI begins. Coding and correcting OCR errors; developing logical sequences and titles.

  • Statement of Purpose: Creator: SWatkins; 1 contributor: SWatkins
  • Examination and Documentation: Creator: SWatkins; 6 contributors: Luisa Casella, Juian-Juian Chen, Dan Kushel, Amanda Maloney, Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton, Paul Messier
  • Testing and Instrumental Analysis: Creator: SWatkins; 4 contributors: E Grieten, Herman Maes, Klaus Pollmeister (?), William (Bill) Wei
  • Environmental Standards and Guidelines; Creator: SWatkins; 1 contributor: Lcasella
  • Preservation Housing Materials and Formats: Creator: SWatkins; 4 contributors: Luisa Casella, Barbara Lemmen, Tania Passiafume, SWatkins
  • Emergency Response, Salvage Recovery (AIC); Creator: SWatkins LOOK AT MORE CLOSELY…. developed off-line
  • Mold and Foxing Remediation: Creator: SWatkins; 3 contributors: Lcasella, Amaloney, SW
  • Color Materials: Creator: Lcasella; 6 contributors; developed off-line
  • Cased Objects: Creators: Lcasella, SWatkins; 0 WIKI (editor notes: this can't be correct? look at history log)
  • Mending, Repair, Filling: Creator: SWatkins; 6 contributors; Gary Albright, Heather Brown, Thomas M. Edmondson, Amanda Maloney, SWatkins, Lpanadero
  • Backing, Lining, Mounting: Creator: SWatkins; 4 contributors; Estiblatz Gusman, SW, Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton, Suzy Morgan
  • Inpainting: Creator: SWatkins; 3 contributors; HBr, Mwess; Sarah Freeman
  • Connoisseurship, History, Fakes, Forgeries; Creator: SWatkins; 1 contributor; Paul Messier


2008-9: AIC WIKI begins

  • Cased Objects: Luisa Casella, Brett Rogers: OCR readings scanned into WIKI
  • Exhibition Guidelines: Luisa Casella, Brett Rogers: OCR readings scanned into WIKI
  • Inpainting; Luisa Casella, Brett Rogers: OCR readings scanned into WIKI
  • PMG's PMCC Statement of Purpose; Luisa Casella, Brett Rogers: OCR readings scanned into WIKI


PMG PMCC Chapters in progress during transition to WIKI

  • 2007; Glass; Creators Kwhitman, Luisa Casella, SWatkins; 2 contributors; Kwhitman, Amaloney
  • start?; Silver Mirroring; Compiler; Lyzanne Gann; Creator: SWatkins; 7 contributors: developed off-line
  • start?; Humidifying, Drying, Flattening: Compilers: ---- ----- ----- ; Creators: Lcasella, SWatkins; Contributors: LOOK AT MORE CLOSELY; begun off-line


PMG PMCC's Printed Chapters

  • 2004: Begun 1992: Exhibition Guidelines: Compilers: Doug Severson (first two years), SWatkins; 53 contributors
  • 1998: Begun 1991?: Cased Objects: Compiler: JMcElhone; 21 contributors
  • 1994: Begun 1990?; Inpainting; Compilers: Debra Hess Norris, Kathy Gillis, Alison Luxner: 24 Contributors



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