Cataloging workshop in Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library and Library of Congress; Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 6 – 15, 2014


Workshop participants from the State Hermitage Museum

  • Tatiana Sayatina, conservator, Head of the Scientific Conservation Laboratory of Photographic Materials, Conservation Department
  • Natalia Laytar, conservator, Scientific Conservation Laboratory of Photographic Materials, Conservation Department
  • Natalia Avetyan, curator of photographs, Department of History of Russian Culture
  • Irina Terentyeva,  curator of photographs, Department of History of Russian Culture
  • Kirill Romanov, registrar, Registry department
  • Natalia Ternovaya, Head of Sector of Data Entry, Registry Department
  • Aleksandra Davydova, interpreter, Hermitage Friends

Monday, April 7
Cambridge, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library
Address: 90 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138, 10 min walk from the hotel

  • Orientation and workshop agenda (Robert Burton and Elena Bulat, WPC)
  • Overview of photograph cataloging (Robert Burton)
  • Elements of photograph cataloging and catalog records (Robert Burton)
  • ACORN conservation database (Brenda Bernier and Elena Bulat, WPC)
  • Use of photographs in teaching and conservation research Library  (Joanne Bloom, Amanda Bowen, and Andras Riedlmayer, Fine Arts Library; and Francesca Bewer, Straus Center for Conservation)
  • Fung Library       Talks by Hermitage curators Natalia Avetyan and Irina Terentyeva

CGIS Building – Reception

 Tuesday, April 8
Weissman Preservation Center

  • Introduction to Dublin Core (Robert Burton)
  • How to describe photographs, part 1 (Robert Burton)*
  • Introduction to controlled vocabularies and authority files (Kate Bowers, University Archives, and Bruce Trumble, ITS)
  • Salted paper print database (Elena Bulat and Melissa Banta, WPC)
  • Digital imaging, administration of data management systems, and workflow (Maggie Hale, WPC, and David Remington, Imaging Services)

Dinner at a local restaurant

Wednesday, April 9
Weissman Preservation Center

  • How to describe photographs, part 2 (Robert Burton)*
  • How to describe photographs, part 3 (Robert Burton)*
  • Emergency response planning, risk identification and mitigation (Priscilla Anderson, WPC)
  • Wrap-up and questions

*These sessions will include cataloging exercises.

Thursday, April 10
Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)

  • Prints & Photographs Division Library of Congress, Madison Building, 3rd floor.
  • Prints & Photographs overview: technical services, reference, and public services (Barbara Natanson and Brett Carnell, P&P)
  • Visual literacy: reading and researching photographs  (Helena Zinkham, P&P)
  • Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Graphics) (Mary Mundy, P&P)
  • Subject indexing and keyword searching (Karen Chittenden and Arden Alexander, P&P

Andrew Robb` house informal dinner for visitors and presenters

Friday, April 11

  • Photo conservation  (Andrew Robb)
  • Topics in Preservation (see press release for details)
  • Prokudin-Gorskii and other Russian holdings (Harry Leich, LC Russian specialist; he will speak in Russian)


  • Processing, cataloging, and digital imaging wrap up (Brett Carnell and Helena Zinkham, P&P)
  • Visit LC’s main library building, the Jefferson Building
  • TBD: visit Harry Leich in Jefferson building, visit the Adams glass cage, the Conservation lab tour

Saturday April 12

Sunday April 13

Monday April 14
Museum of Modern Art
Photography Study Center: meeting with Mitra Abbaspour, curator, and Lee Ann Daffner, conservator with Mariët Westermann, Ashley Farrell (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and Angelica Rudenstine

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art’s Thomas Walther project is an initiative to foster a deeper level of collaboration between photograph conservators and curators.  The collection consists of over 300 modernist photographs that were accessioned by the museum in 2001. Curators, conservators and scientists have examined this group closely revealing new levels of meaning and scholarly impact. This work, including essays by advising conservators and scholars, will be published in 2015.

Tuesday April 15
Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs Gallery – Hans Kraus, Valentina Branchini. Current Charles Marville exposition, Fenton prints, early photography

Wednesday April 16
To Saint Petersburg

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