Just Published: IPI Guide to Preservation of Digitally-Printed Photographs

IPI Guide to Preservation of Digital-Printed Photographs

This guide provides basic information on the storage and preservation of digitally-printed photographs in scholarly and cultural collections. While there are many printing technologies for output from computers, this guide focuses on the three most popular forms of image (i.e. pictorial) hardcopy:

  • Inkjet
  • Digital electrophotography
  • Dye sublimation

Information on recommended storage conditions, selection of housing and framing materials, proper handling and display are included. Collection care personnel in cultural institutions are the intended audience for this guide, however, it will also be useful to photographers, artists, and the general public.

Click here to download a PDF of the new guide.


IPI's Digital Print Workshop is being held October 27-29, 2014

Digital Print Workshop

This three-day workshop will be presented in two parts. You can select from Part 1 or Part 2, or attend all three days of related presentations to get the most out of it. The workshop will be held in a small group setting, including lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities. A course binder of information, resources, process identification reference sheets, and inkjet print samples will be provided to participants. Catered lunches and breaks are included in the workshop fee. Sessions will run from 9am - 5pm each day.

Part 1 – Beyond the Image—Visual Literacy and Methods of Looking
Presented by Alice Carver-Kubik, IPI Photographic Research Scientist (Register)

Part 2 – Identification & Preservation of Digitally Printed Materials
Presented by Daniel Burge, IPI Senior Research Scientist (Register)

Who Should Attend:

  • Museum, Library, and Archive Professionals
  • Conservators
  • Photography Educators
  • Fine Art Printmakers
  • Contemporary Photographers
  • Contemporary Photograph Collectors

Learn more and register today for this great week of learning.

Workshop registration for Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments - Series III is now open!

This is the third series of highly successful free workshops and webinars for collections care and facilities staff in cultural institutions. Over 2,000 individuals participated in the last two series – 99.5% rated the presentations clear, useful, well organized, and relevant. Presenters combine an extensive knowledge of preservation, the impact of environment on the rate of material decay, and a holistic understanding of mechanical system design and operation. Designed to enable collections care and facilities staff in cultural institutions to work together to define and achieve an optimal preservation environment—one that combines the best possible preservation of collections with the least possible consumption of energy, and is sustainable over time.

Workshop Hosts and Presentation Dates

  • September 29-30, 2014 - Hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, MA
  • October 28-29, 2014 - Hosted by the American Museum of Natural History - New York, NY
  • November 4-5, 2014 - Hosted by the California Preservation Program - Berkeley, CA
  • December 9-10, 2014 - Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution - Washington, DC
  • January 13-14, 2015 - Hosted by the Amon Carter Museum - Fort Worth, TX

Learn more and register today for a free workshop near you.

Poster Price Reduction!

We have lowered the price of both our posters from $50 to $10! Photographic Negatives: Nature and Evolution of Processes and Knowing and Protecting Motion Picture Film Poster. Act soon before they sell out!

IPI Awarded Four Major Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities

Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Inkjet Printed Materials in Museum Collections

IMLS National Leadership for Museums program awarded $240,922 for Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Inkjet Printed Materials in Museum Collections (December 2013 through December 2015). Research will focus on creating effective disaster prevention, response, and recovery strategies for modern inkjet prints in institutional collections. Many inkjet prints are considerably more sensitive to water damage than traditional prints, and some inkjet print types can harm adjacent materials during water disasters. While preliminary work has been done to rank the relative sensitivities of these materials and evaluate potential methods for drying them post immersion, a full understanding of how these materials will behave during different water damage scenarios, from prolonged full immersion to small spills or exposure to damp conditions,  has yet to be performed.

Research results will provide collection care personnel with the information and tools they need to minimize the risk of damage, respond effectively during the event, and stabilize materials exposed to water damage. Information on best practices including precautionary advice, guidelines for prioritization, recommendations for staging and rinsing, and suggestions for handling during salvage and drying will be made available through IPI’s Digital Print Preservation Portal website, www.dp3project.org.

Demonstrating a Sustainable Energy-Saving Methodology for Library Environments

IMLS National Leadership for Libraries program awarded $305,107 for Demonstrating a Sustainable Energy-Saving Methodology for Library Environments (December 2013 through November 2016). Based on research and field practice funded by IMLS, NEH, and the Mellon Foundation, IPI will consolidate its knowledge of sustainable mechanical system operation in libraries and demonstrate a field-tested methodology for achieving significant improvements in energy efficiency without placing collections at risk. The goal is to provide information which will allow institutions to achieve this goal using their own staff and existing resources. Recommendations will encourage a team effort involving both collections and facilities staff, identifying incremental steps with measurable feedback on preservation quality and operating costs, and the use of methods proven to be successful.

IPI will work closely with three partner libraries to test and refine the methodology and to improve its organization and functionality. The project will result in an easy-to-use publication describing the methodology for achieving an optimal and sustainable preservation environment.

Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments—Series #3

The NEH Preservation Education and Training Program awarded $190,000 for Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments—Series #3 (March 2014 through February 2016). Two previous Sustainable Preservation Practices series were extremely successful and well received, reaching thousands of individuals in institutions around the world. NEH funding will allow IPI to provide information about defining and achieving an optimal and sustainable preservation environment to hundreds of institutions around the country. Our goal is to present up-to-date information on preservation research along with the tools and strategies that will enable staff in collecting institutions to make informed, strategic decisions regarding sustainable practices that result in responsible collection care, energy cost savings, and carbon footprint reduction. In Series III, IPI staff will present five workshops in museums and libraries across the US, and nine webinars on environmental management topics. No fees will be charged to attend a workshop or participate in a webinar. We will also develop several educational videos on topics covered in the series. Visit www.ipisustainability.org for more information on this series.

Understanding Moisture Equilibrium for Humanities Collections: A New Path to Sustainable Humidity Control

The NEH Preservation and Access Research and Development awarded $350,000 for Understanding Moisture Equilibrium for Humanities Collections: A New Path to Sustainable Humidity Control (April 2014 through March 2017). This funding allows IPI to address the need to establish new proactive preservation strategies for managing the storage environment. This research builds on the results of previous NEH-funded studies and leverages IPI’s experience and capabilities in preservation management.

This project will include the study of moisture equilibration rates for paper-based library materials and will test new ways of managing relative humidity that could reduce the risks to collections from the most damaging conditions of summer dampness and winter dryness. The goal is to identify humidity control schemes that will be effective against seasonal high and low humidity levels, and to allow storage spaces without relative humidity control to effectively use enclosures to protect collections from environmentally-induced decay.

New environmental management strategies based on this research could significantly reduce energy costs while providing safe environments for books, manuscripts, maps, prints, and other paper-based humanities materials.


Graphics Atlas Interesting Picture of the Week

Graphics Atlas Interesting Picture of the Week

If you haven't seen it yet, we are excited to officially announce the debut of a new weekly email called Interesting Picture of the Week that highlights various interesting pictures from Graphics Atlas.

We've already received really good response and the word is spreading. We have a lot of great things planned so don't miss out and sign up today!


Click here to sign up for Interesting Picture of the Week



The Albumen and Salted Paper Book by James M. Reilly has been reprinted as a second edition and is now available for purchase thanks to the RIT Press!

The Albumen and Salted Paper BookThe Albumen and Salted Paper Book is a descriptive history of the major photographic printing processes that were used between the years 1840-1895. These first 50 years of photography established a tradition of individual experimentation and craftsmanship where each photographer participated in the manufacture of the printing materials that were used. Albumen print and salted paper print were the ordinary, all-purpose materials of the time—albumen print is the second most common type of photograph ever made. This book describes both the technical information of these historical materials and offers the reader a very organized approach to this interesting process. 188 pages, hardcover, 6” x 9”. Price: $34.99.

Click here for more info and to order a copy!