Basic Salvage Techniques for Paper Collections

Join conservators from the Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York program for this hands-on training for individuals responsible for the care of historical collections. This opportunity is free and open to professional archivists and family historians alike. This daylong training will cover the role of wet salvage of paper-based collections as part of a larger incident response. After an overview of emergency preparation and response protocols, participants will take on incident response roles and run through a mock-flood scenario. Hands-on and talking through the process, participants will work to salvage and triage a variety of collection items from a pool, including papers, photographs, and bound materials. A post-scenario debrief gives participants the opportunity to review their actions with workshop instructors. Workshop attendance will be limited due to the hands-on nature of the program. Participants should be prepared to spend 2-3 hours of classroom time inside the Peninsula Library and 3-4 hours outdoors in a field classroom working with wet artifacts. Box lunches provided midday.

Registration is live: Trainers will repeat this daylong training for 2 cohorts of participants on June 3rd and 4th. You will be able to indicate in your registration if you are available for either date, or just one.


Jun 03 2024


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693