ARST 587 (3) Preservation [cross-listed with LIBR 587]


MAS and Dual students: Completion of the “Term 1” MAS Core courses

MLIS students should take LIBR 587

GOAL: To give you an understanding of the requirements and methods for preserving archival material


  • To prepare to make both planning and policy decisions regarding the preservation of collections.
  • To understand the structure and deterioration of common materials, and the current methods for extending their longevity.
  • To become familiar with information resources on preservation.
  • To gain familiarity with some basic environmental instrumentation and preservation techniques.


  • Historical overview of preservation.
  • Conservation ethics.
  • Composition and degradation of common archival and library collections from a materials science perspective.
  • Integrated pest management.
  • Preservation microforms.
  • Strategies for environmental control.
  • Photograph identification.
  • Machine-readable media.
  • Emergency preparedness.
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