PMCC Statement of Purpose

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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 three original printed chapters currently have wiki section equivalents accepting membership updates.

In 2009, the PMCC printed chapters became online wiki formats. Subsequently, information gathered in the 2008 PMG membership survey initially directed PMCC content and development. Since then, the PMCC committee oversaw efforts on developing larger conservation community interests, such as Examination and Documentation, Testing, and Emergency Preparedness, Rescue, and Salvage and Lexicon entries. Efforts to describe and share contemporary conservation concepts, terms, application, and scientific understanding continues. At it's best, the AIC Wiki's flexible and dynamic platform provides an easily adaptive professional compendium that fosters exchange through free worldwide access. Please use well the information expressed herein.

All sections of the Photographic Materials Conservation Catalog, also called the "PMG 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 format is most appreciated. To participate, read Getting Started on the AIC Wiki main page, Begin Contributing to PMG's Wiki on PMG's main PMCC page, or contact any current committee member linked from the PMCC main page. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your participation in developing your PMCC resource.

Conservation Catalog Committee Members and Terms

Luisa Casella, Acting Chair (July 2020- current); committee member (July 2013 - current)
Amanda Maloney, committee member (March 2014 - current)
Alejandra Mendoza, committee member (July 2020 - current)
Stephanie Watkins, chair (Feb. 2007 - July 2020); committee member (2002 - 2020); chapter/section compiler/writer (Oct. 1993 - 2020)
Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton, committee member (April 2014 - June 2020)
Laura Downey Staneff, committee member (summer 2012 - Dec. 2013)
Sarah Freeman, committee member (Jan. 2009 - July 2013)
Lisa Barrow, committee member (2007 - Jan. 2009)
Nora Kennedy, chair (2002 - Feb 2007), committee member (1992-2007), organizing committee 1989-1991)
John McElhone, committee member (1993 - 2012)
Debra Hess Norris, committee member (1993 - 2002)
Andrew Robb, Catalog Organizing Committee chair (1995)
Sarah Wagner, chair (1993 - 1995), committee member (1993 - 1995)
Doug Nishimura, committee member (1993 - ?)
Stephen Puglia, committee member (1993 - ?)
Constance McCabe, committee member (1993 - ?)
Doug Severson, committee member, chapter compiler (1993)


HISTORY: YEARLY OVERVIEW OF PMCC DEVELOPMENT
Contributors and compilers are listed on each section's page.
As of mid-July, 2020, 18 AIC MediaWiki creators/editors and 39 contributors have developed the PMCC since 2009.

2020
New

Begin Contributing to PMG's Wiki (guide for beginners)
Releasing, Detaching, and Separating
New Spanish Translations
Exhibition Guidelines For Photographic Materials, plus un-numbered
Surface Cleaning
Silver Mirroring, plus un-numbered, content development
Unmounting, plus content development
Inpainting, plus un-numbered, content development

Developed

Gels Applied to Photographic Materials renamed from Rigid Gels, shifted focus to preparations and use tips
Cased Photographs, un-numbered
Preservation of Traditional Color Photographic Materials, un-numbered
Glass, un-numbered
Mending, Repair, and Filling
Consolidation and Flattening of Cracks
Backing, Lining, and Mounting
PMCC Purpose and History, renamed from Statement of Purpose as it includes history
PMG History, annual officer and site updates; renamed for searching ease, renamed from Brief History of the Photographic Materials Group


2019
New

Rigid Gels, based on the PMG winter meeting workshop, Sullivan and Kehoe


Developed

Brief History of PMG annual officer and site updates
Photographic Processes
Surface Cleaning


2018
Developed

Brief History of PMG annual officer and site updates
Mending, Repair, and Filling
Inpainting


2017
New

Research Questions
History of Dry Mount, Lamination, and Pressure-sensitive Adhesives (includes Spray and Cold Mounts)

Developed

Brief History of PMG annual officer and site updates
Photographic Processes
Unmounting
Backing, Lining, and Mounting


2016
Developed

Preservation Housing Materials and Formats
Photographic Processes
Mending, Repair, and Filling
Backing, Lining, and Mounting
Humidifying, Drying, and Flattening


2015
New

PMG Blank Template
Washing, Bleaching, and Stain Reduction
Collaborative Workshops Bibliographies
Conservation Treatment Bibliographies

Developed

Brief History of PMG, annual officer and site updates
Statement of Purpose
Examination and Documentation
Emergency Response, Salvage, and Recovery Techniques
Mold and Foxing Remediation
Exhibition Guidelines
Glass
Surface Cleaning
Unmounting
Mending, Repair, and Filling
Backing, Lining, and Mounting


2014
New

Brief History of Photographic Materials Group (officers, meeting sites, corresponding Topics number)
Preservation of Plastics
Multi-media, Collage, and Composite Constructions
Consolidation and Flattening of Cracks
Unmounting
History of Mounts
(AIC) Emergency Response Salvage Triage

Developed

Statement of Purpose
Examination and Documentation
Testing and Instrumental Analysis
Environmental Standards and Storage Guidelines
Preservation Housing Materials and Formats
Mold and Foxing Remediation
Photographic Processes
Color Materials
Digital
Cased Photographs
Surface Cleaning
Pressure-Sensitive Tape and Attachment Removal (photographic materials focus)
Mending, Repair, and Filling
Backing, Lining, and Mounting
Humidifying, Drying, and Flattening
Inpainting
Connoisseurship, History, Fakes, or Forgeries


2013
Developed

Mold and Foxing Remediation
Digital
Cased Photographs


2012
New

Pressure-Sensitive Tape and Attachment Removal (photographic materials focus) content incorporated into Releasing, Detaching, and Separating in 2020

Developed

Examination and Documentation
Surface Cleaning
Mold and Foxing Remediation
Photographic Processes
Digital
Glass in Photographic Materials
Backing, Lining, and Mounting
Humidifying, Drying, and Flattening
Connoisseurship, History, Fakes, Forgeries


2011
New (Added to Wiki)

Humidifying, Drying, and Flattening

Developed

Statement of Purpose
Preservation Housing Materials and Formats
Exhibition Guidelines for Photographic Materials
Photographic Processes
Cased Photographs
Glass in Photographic Materials
Backing, Lining, and Mounting


2010
New

Digital
Photographic Processes


Developed

Testing and Instrumental Analysis
Preservation Housing Materials and Formats
Exhibition Guidelines for Photographic Materials
Preservation of Glass in Photographic Materials
Preservation of Traditional Color Photographic Materials
Strategies for the Treatment of Silver Mirroring
Cased Photographs
Inpainting


2009, October 1 PMG's PMCC Wiki begins LIVE!
Coding and correcting OCR errors; developing logical sequences and titles, updating and standardizing disclaimers.

Statement of Purpose
Examination and Documentation
Testing and Instrumental Analysis
Environmental Standards and Guidelines
Preservation Housing Materials and Formats
Emergency Response and Salvage Recovery
Mold and Foxing Remediation
Preservation of Traditional Color Photographic Materials (created off-line)
Preservation of Glass in Photographic Materials
Cased Photographs
Mending, Repair, and Filling
Backing, Lining, and Mounting
Inpainting
Connoisseurship, History, Fakes, Forgeries

May 2009: AIC Wiki begins

Cased Photographs printed copy OCR readings scanned into Wiki
Exhibition Guidelines for Photographic Materials printed copy OCR readings scanned into Wiki
Inpainting printed copy OCR readings scanned into Wiki
PMG's PMCC Statement of Purpose printed copy OCR readings scanned into Wiki


PMG PMCC Chapters In Progress Prior to Wiki (2009)

2007: Glass in Photographic Materials

Compiler: Katharine Whitman
Contributors: Katharine Whitman, Amanda Maloney

1991-1992 start date for Drying: Humidifying, Drying, and Flattening

Compilers: ? (1998?- 2000?); [split into Humidification] Erin Murphy (2000-2005?), [and Flattening] Jiuan-Jiuan Chen (2000-2005) [rejoined] Jiuan-Jiuan Chen (2006-2008), PMCC chair, Stephanie Watkins, posted on trial PBWiki (January 2009), moved to AIC Wiki site (fall 2009)
Contributors (alphabetical): Gary Albright, Brenda Bernier, Luisa Casella, Jiuan-Jiuan Chen, Lee Ann Daffner, Thomas M. Edmondson, Monique Fischer, Martin Jürgens, Nora W. Kennedy, John McElhone, Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton, Amanda Maloney, Paul Messier, Erin Murphy, Jenelle Norris, Stephanie Watkins

1991-1992 start date: Silver Mirroring Treatment Strategies

Compiler: Lyzanne Gann
Contributors: Thomas M. Edmondson, Lyzanne Gann, Toshiaki Koseki, John McElhone, Douglas Nishimura, Sylvie Penichon, Stephanie Watkins


PMG's PMCC Printed Chapters (1994-2004)

2004: Exhibition Guidelines for Photographic Materials

Compilers: Doug Severson (Jan. 1992 -1993), Stephanie Watkins (Oct. 1993-2004);
Contributors (alphabetical): Catherine Ackerman, Nancy Ash, Sarah Bertalan, Jean-Louis Bigourdan, Barbara N. Brown, Ed Buffaloe, Carol Crawford, Corinne Dune, Thomas M. Edmondson, Debra Evans, Julia Fenn, Betty Fiske, Gwenola Furic, Judy Greenfield, Doris Hamburg, Marc Harnly, Pamela Hatchfield, Cathy Henderson, Nancy Heugh, Ana Hofmann, Emily Klayman Jacobson, Martin Jurgens, Nora Kennedy, Daria Keynan, Lyn Koehnline, Barbara Lemmen, Holly Maxson, Constance McCabe, John McElhone, Cecile Mear, Jennifer Jae Mentzer, Jesse Munn, Rachel Mustalish, Douglas Nishimura, Leslie Paisley, Sylvie Pénichon, Hugh Phibbs, Dr. Boris Pretzel, Dr. Chandra Reedy, Nancy Reinhold, Andrew Robb, Grant Romer, Kimberly Schenck, Douglas Severson, Tracey Shields, Angela Thompson, Sarah Wagner, Clara von Waldthausen, Dr. Mike Ware, Stephanie Watkins, Dr. Paul Whitmore, Faith Zieske, Edward Zinn.

1998: Cased Photographs

Compiler: John P. McElhone:
Contributors (alphabetical): Gary Albright, M. Susan Barger, Valerie Baas, Lee Ann Daffner, Deborah Derby, Tom Edmondson, Monique Fischer, Chris Foster, Lynne Gilliland, Marion L. Hunter, Jr., Wayne King, Barb Lemmen, Mark H. McCormick-Goodhart, Angela Moor, Ian Moor, Peter Mustardo, Debbie Hess Norris, Nancy Reinhold, Andrew Robb, Elena Bulat, and Annabelle Chabauty.

1994: Inpainting

Compilers: Debra Hess Norris, Kathy Gillis, Alison Luxner
Contributors (alphabetical): Gary Albright, Theresa Andrews, Barbara Brown, Hilton Brown, Debora Derby, Marc Harnly, Greg Hill, Anna Hoffman, Marion Hunter, Nora Kennedy, Michael Lee, Barbara Lemmen, Joy Turner, Luke, Holly Maxson, Constance McCabe, John McElhone, Paul Messier, José Orraca, Zora Sweet Pinney, Nancy Reinhold, Kim Schenck, Carol Turchan, Sarah Wagner.




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