Date of Graduation

Winter 12-18-2015

Document Type

Restricted Project/Capstone - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Museum Studies

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Museum Studies

First Advisor

Marjorie Schwarzer

Abstract

Physical photographs, however fragile they may be, are an important part of the historical record and provide visual documentation to events in people’s lives. Properly storing and documenting a photograph collection is essential to safeguarding a long life for the collection so it can be enjoyed by generations to come. Photograph collections that belong to well-known figures, including artists, are always of great interest to the public as well as researchers and scholars. This capstone project outlines and details the process needed in order to archive an artist’s personal photograph collection. It discusses the importance of properly preserving and storing physical photographs and some of the legal challenges that may arise when working with a collection of this nature.

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