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Wednesday, April 6 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Preserving Photographic Glass Plates: Conservation and Access in the Digital Age

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Invented in 1851 and used until the 1940s, glass plates were a significant technological improvement that enabled the creation of sharp, detailed photographic prints. Cultural institutions frequently retain glass plates in their collections, however, the long-term preservation of these objects involves a significant commitment of resources and smaller institutions often lack dedicated guidance. This session brings together an interdisciplinary panel of conservators, historians, and archivists who will present their own preservation and public access strategies and discuss the relevance of these materials to their distinct fields of study. The moderated question and answer portion of the session will emphasize the need for collaboration between institutions in order to undertake ambitious conservation-related projects and improve access to these significant historical materials.

Jody Butterworth, Curator, Endangered Archives Programme, The British Library, London, UK and Bayasgalan Bayanbat, Archives for Cinema, Photography and Sound Recording, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Elisabeth Long, Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Digital Scholarship [TBC], University of Chicago Library, Chicago, IL

Fatima Fall, Director, Centre de Recherches et de Documentation du Sénégal (CRDS), Saint-Louis, Senegal; Preventive Conservation Specialist, Université Gaston Berger, Saint-Louis, Senegal

Sandrine Canac, Director of Digital Archival Projects, The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc., New York

Respondent: Debra Hess Norris, Conservator, Unidel Henry Francis du Pont Chair, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Sponsored by The Wildenstein Plattner Institute 


Elizabeth Gorayeb

The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.


Bayasgalan Bayanbat

Archives for Cinema, Photography and Sound Recording

Jody Butterworth

The British Library

Elisabeth Long

University of Chicago Library

Sandrine Canac

The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.

Fatima Fall

Centre de Recherches et de Documentation du Sénégal (CRDS)

Wednesday April 6, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Hyatt Regency Chicago Water Tower Room