Panoramas Receive Treatment

By , January 30, 2011

Photograph conservator Elena Simonova-Bulat explaining treatment of panoramic photographs. Center for the History of Medicine, December 15, 2010.

As a part of its Mellon-funded, University-wide photograph conservation effort over the past two years, the Weissman Preservation Center treated dozens of oversized photographs from the Boston Medical Library, Harvard Medical Library, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital collections. The turn-of-the-century images, which include photographs of the Boston Medical Library’s previous home on the Fenway, the Medical School quad, medical conference attendees, and groups of hospital staff members, suffered from a variety of problems, including silvering, tears and breaking, acidic backing, and dirt. Conservators temporarily removed the panoramas to the Weissman lab, where they were cleaned, re-backed, and rehoused, treatments that will extend the useful life of these rare images.

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