As part of the HBCU Library Photograph Preservation Summit, the libraries of Fisk and Tennessee State Universities have gathered to learn and practice techniques in the preservation of archival films and images during the HBCU Photograph Preservation Project Workshop on November 10-12 in the John Hope and Aurelia Elizabeth Franklin Library.
During the workshop, the library staff of both universities have participatied in discussions and demonstrations involving surface cleaning, rehousing and handling motion picture film, as well as flattening, constructing and housing panoramas.
The Workshop functions as part of the HBCU Library Photograph Preservation Summit initiative. The Photograph Preservation Summit is comprised of ten HBCUs noted for their special collections divisions. The preservation initiative is funded by a $1.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant was awarded in 2007 to the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware and the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET), in partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance and the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA). The summit is part of a 30-month, four-phase initiative to improve the preservation and conservation of significant photographic collections held within Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Fisk and TSU are among the ten institutions that comprise the HBCU Preservation Summit.