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Professional Development Seminars

Professional Development Seminars

Preserving Photographic Archives

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

Kate Contakos has worked in the field of preservation and conservation for fifteen years. Her experience preserving cultural heritage materials extends to books, paper, objets d'art, archives, with a particular interest in photographs and photographic archives. She has held preservation positions in academic libraries at NYU, Yale, University College London, and Stanford.

As Head of the Preservation and Conservation Department at Stanford, she founded and sponsored an annual photography lecture series. She is a film photographer and co-founded a traditional film photography ‘zine titled Shutterclank! Currently, she works in the Preservation and Conservation Division at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.

Kate has two master’s degrees: one from the University of Pittsburgh in Library Science, with an emphasis in Preservation and Archives Management, and the other from King’s College London in Early Modern English Literature, with an emphasis in the history of the book.

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