Category Archives: Archival Digitization

CAW Digitization of Norman Rockwell Photos

The Chicago Albumen Works has worked with the Norman Rockwell Museum on a variety of digitization projects including the documentation of Rockwell’s magazine cover illustrations and his advertising work. Our most recent project with the museum was the digitization of over 20,000 photographs as part of the … Continue reading

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Before and After: 35mm Acetate Film Stripping

As we have posted previously, we have had some success treating deteriorating 35mm negatives by stripping the gelatin image layer from its acetate base. These are scans of the stripping project and experiments that we have been carrying out over the … Continue reading

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Digitizing a Lincoln Ambrotype

In a recent collaboration with The Better Image, CAW created an in-depth, hi-resolution digital record of the ambrotype, Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, May 7, 1858, by Abraham Byers for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The portrait, taken by eighteen-year-old Byers, was … Continue reading

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Digitizing Glass Plates for New York City Municipal Archives

  Over time the history of an institution is often captured through photographs of the people and events that helped shape it over the years. Digital technologies have made it easier to share these images and the stories they tell, … Continue reading

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Digitization for Private Collections

A recent Barron’s blog post featured quotes from Chicago Albumen Works’ Director Doug Munson. “Families that have approached us for digitization had private collections that have been passed down from the 19th and 20th century, and now there are three … Continue reading

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Negative Deterioration Part Two: Cellulose Acetate Negative Conservation

Vinegar syndrome, or the process of  cellulose acetate deterioration, is an unavoidable issue for any collection of acetate negatives, either presently or in future decades.  Before deterioration occurs or early in the deterioration process, preventative measures can be taken to … Continue reading

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Negative Deterioration Part One: Digitization and Preservation of Cellulose Nitrate and Cellulose Acetate Negatives

Before polyester film became readily available in the 1950’s, all flexible film negatives were made on some form of cellulose nitrate or cellulose acetate support.  Both of these film bases have deterioration issues, and in the case of nitrate negatives, … Continue reading

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Edwin Hale Lincoln Exhibition

We have been delighted to be involved in the digitization and printing of images made by Berkshire photographer Edwin Hale Lincoln, to be exhibited at the Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead.  Lincoln moved to the Berkshires in 1893 … Continue reading

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Gottscho Acetate Negative Recovery

Approximately 800 negatives made by the architectural photographer Samuel H. Gottscho, in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York, are in the process of being conserved, rehoused, and digitized by Chicago Albumen Works.  As with other … Continue reading

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JPAC: Conservation of Acetate film

CAW is currently working on a project to conserve deteriorated acetate x-rays and flouroscope images from the Korean War.  By stripping the layer of gelatin emulsion away from the deteriorating acetate base, it is possible to flatten these badly distorted, … Continue reading

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