Processing the Abele Collection
Photographs and Negatives
Some parts of the collection were a hodge-podge of materials.
Here Fred sorts and rehouses materials according to type: timetables, photographs, postcards, slides, etc.
Some items - photographs and negatives, for example - need to be housed in special evelopes. Note the use of white gloves to ensure that body oils are not transferred to the photographs.
Photographs are removed from unsafe housing, such as this torn and brittle envelope, and placed in lignin-free envelopes and folders.
After the photographs have been put in a lignin-free folder, the information found on the original envelope is copied onto the folder.
Fortunately, Mr. Abele frequently included lists containing information about the photographs in each of the envelopes.
As Fred goes through the collection, he determines what kind of and how many lignin-free folders will be needed to house the photographs and negatives properly.
Glass-plate negatives and other negatives are matched to photographs.