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PR-253387-17

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (Philadelphia, PA 19103-5530)
Rachel Wetzel (Project Director: 06/21/2016 to present)

Robert Cornelius and Early Pioneering Daguerreotypists Database Project

The development of a database to gather information about early ungilded daguerreotypes created by an American pioneer of photography, Robert Cornelius (1809-93), and other early daguerreotypists, and to assist in the development of future conservation treatment practices.

Led by Rachel Wetzel, Photograph Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, a team of experts in the field of photograph conservation will design a database for information regarding early ungilded daguerreotypes (1839-1841), by Robert Cornelius and other early pioneering daguerreotypists, to assist curators and conservators with responsibilities for the care and preservation of these important and fragile artifacts. Ms. Wetzel will collect information on the known existing Cornelius daguerreotypes, as well as other early ungilded daguerreotypes from this period. The database will be located and disseminated through the Lens Media Lab website maintained by Paul Messier at the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. The establishment of this database is an essential step in developing appropriate best practices and treatment protocols for these irreplaceable documents of the earliest years of photography.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; History, Other

Program:
Research and Development

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$48,967 (approved)
$48,967 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018