Preservation Scientist Fenella France at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

19 Mar

Please join us on Tuesday, March 19th for a presentation by Fenella France, Chief, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Library of Congress. The title of Dr. France’s presentation is: Preservation Research at the Library of Congress: Keeping up with the collections and revealing the unknown. The event is FREE for PACA members, $8 for non-members, $5 for student non-members. 

Please find an abstract for her talk as follows:
Scientists in the Preservation Research and Testing Division of the Library of Congress (LOC) work closely with LOC conservators, curators, researchers and collection managers to solve a range of problems related to collection material. Contrary to popular thought, LOC’s collection materials are extremely diverse–they include not just paper, parchment and photographic materials, but also ceramics, musical instruments, textiles and others. With unique American and world historic items including top treasure documents such as Jefferson’s handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence, research focuses on non-invasive and micro-analytical techniques to preserve, understand and stabilize collections. The research techniques enable the recovery of lost and obscured information, characterization of materials, the assessment of environmental impact and treatment, as well as the assessment of storage materials. This talk will highlight projects currently underway that provide a range of challenges, such as characterizing fugitive inks in 20th-c. drawings, recovering text from founding father documents, and capturing sound from damaged audio recordings and how the Division’s work meets the Library’s goal of balancing preservation and access. 
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th St. (between Walnut and Locust Sts.)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
5:30pm – Reception
6:00pm – Presentation by Fenella France and Q&A
7:00pm – Event finishes
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