Instructor: Paula De Stefano
NYU course number: HIST-GA 2013

This course introduces students to the preservation of archival collections and cultural heritage materials. Beginning with an overview of the history of and the context for the preservation of cultural heritage, the course includes an examination of the composition of a variety of common archival materials, including paper, inks, photographs, magnetic media, and digital objects. The course is designed to introduce the student to preservation issues, such as conversation, holdings maintenance programs, rehousing techniques, reformatting, digital migration and conversion methods, selection for preservation, condition and needs assessment, proper use, handling and storage methods, environmental control and disaster planning and salvage methods. Students will also discuss preservation management strategies and prioritizing preservation and conservation activities.  

Introduction to Preservation for Archives is offered every other spring.

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