Photographs and Paintings

On this page you can find introductory information about how to care for the photographs and paintings in your collection.

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Best Practices

Photographs

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History offers this guide to Caring for Your Photos.

From the National Park Service, general guidelines for caring for photographs.

Also from the National Park Service, a guide to caring for color photographs.

From the Illinois Collection Preservation Network, a two-part webinar on caring for and preserving photographs and still images.

Paintings

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute defines a painting here and offers this guide about why paintings change over time and some basic preventative and protection measures. They also wrote a guideline for knowing when your painting needs to be cleaned and what it means to have a painting restored. This page discusses varnishes on paintings. And, lest you get too confused, they offer a handy glossary of conservation terms relating to the care of paintings.


This video demonstrates how you should create folders for photographs:

This video demonstrates how you should house cased photographs: