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The NFSA technical preservation handbook covers a wide range of preservation subjects including film construction, identification, storage and damage.
The layers of film construction.
The film base must be transparent, tough and flexible.
No other substance has been able to match gelatin’s overall performance.
What makes up a photographic image?
Film can be damaged by physical wear and tear, biological factors and shrinkage.
The life expectancy of film can be lengthened by lowering the temperature under which it is stored
Films should be stored either on a suitable core or reel, with an adequate length of leader attached to the head and tail.
Identifying and controlling workplace hazards.
An essential component of collection management is benchmarking a collection item's condition.
With film, it is important to know the nature of the material you are dealing with.
The different types and methods of film repair.
How to clean, rewash and 'unblock’ film.
To accurately copy a photographic image requires care and attention to detail.
A disaster planning checklist to cover any eventuality.
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