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Professional Development Seminars

Professional Development Seminars

Creating and Preserving Photographic Archives

Presented by Kate Contakos
Preservation Librarian, Preservation and Conservation Division,
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Monday, March 21, 2016
9am - 1pm

This seminar will provide strategic guidance on caring for photographic archives. It will cover their intellectual value to the practical hands-on guide to preserving it. It will detail the importance of creating and maintaining an archive, identifying and preserving its intellectual content, how to arrange and organize it, physical preservation, and finally how and where to place the archive, whether as a gift or outright sale. 

Seminar to be followed by Perspectives on Collecting, a panel discussion with five experts in the field. Panelists include Darren Ching, Co-Owner, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge, Department of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Luis Delgado, Director of Malulu Editions, San Francisco, CA; Ellen S. Harris Collector, Independent Curator, Adviser, New York, NY; and W.M. Hunt, Independent Curator & Private Collector, New York, NY. Moderated by Kate Contakos.

Each panelist will give a ten-minute presentation on their individual collecting perspectives, focusing on collection criteria, condition, and long-term preservation. The presentations will be followed by 20 minutes of questions from the audiences.


The Professional Development Seminars will be held in in downtown Houston at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown, 400 Dallas Street, Houston, TX, 77002.

For more information please contact Alonso Tapia-Benitez, Meeting Place and Development Associate, at or call 713-223-5522 ext. 13.

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