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Examining some old photos at the conservation workshop are (from left) Jara Wellington of the Woodruff Library, Anthony Freeman, Shannon Brogdon-Grantham, Joshua Williams of Fisk University and Debra Hess Norris.
Spelman College junior Kierra McHenry
says the Atlanta University Centers Robert W. Woodruff Library, where
she works as an intern, has so many great resources, including
photographs and audiotapes, that are not fully utilized by students.
Shed like to help change that.
Lawrence Koger, a senior at Johnson C. Smith University, aspires to a
career as a photojournalist and is fascinated by the history of
photography and its traditional techniques that are rarely used today.
Koger and McHenry were among 10 students from five historically black
colleges and universities (HBCU institutions) who attended a Summer
Institute in Photograph Conservation at the University of Delaware this
The institute, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of
its HBCU Preservation Project, was designed to provide the students with
guidance and instruction on the preservation of photographic and
The summer program has been offered at UD for about a decade,
beginning with a pilot workshop conducted on campus, said Debra Hess
Norris, Unidel Henry Francis duPont Chair in Fine Arts and chairperson
of the Department of Art Conservation.
Norris, an internationally recognized expert on photograph
conservation, frequently lectures, teaches and assists with the
preservation of at-risk photographic collections in many areas of the
world. She and Shannon Brogdon-Grantham, who will graduate in August
with a masters degree from the Winterthur University of Delaware
Program in Art Conservation, were the instructors in this years summer
The institute is part of Mellons commitment to cultural
preservation, Norris said. The HBCUs are invited to participate because
of their valuable collections, and the students are also carefully
selected for the contributions they can make in helping to preserve
The schools represented have important collections, with significant
breadth and depth, and theyve committed to not only preserving those
collections but also using them in their classrooms, to strengthen
scholarship and to share with their communities, Norris said. This
isnt about just preserving a collection for safe storage. It is about
sharing these materials more broadly on campus and beyond.
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Jara Wellington takes a close look at a photograph during the conservation workshop for students who will help preserve important collections at their home institutions.
Brogdon-Grantham, who attended two similar UD summer programs in arts
and humanities while an undergraduate at Spelman, returned to Delaware
in summer 2012 as a teaching assistant in that years Summer Institute.
The experiences at UD led her to choose art conservation as a career.
Being involved in this program has really made a difference in my
experience and my perspective, she said. I had the tremendous
experience of being mentored here, and now as a co-instructor, Im
mentoring other students.
She described this years participants as great students, energetic
and enthusiastic and said they absorbed so much information that they
will be able to work productively and independently at their home
institutions. And, she noted, they can always call on herself, Norris
and others in the UD network when needed.
For April Baldwin, a new graduate of Tuskegee University who is doing
an internship with an archivist there, the institute was a chance to
see new aspects of the subject about which she is passionate.
I love history, Ive always loved history, and Ive been looking for
a specialty and a way to get some training in it, she said. In just
the first three days of this program, I feel like my knowledge about
conservation has just skyrocketed.
Anthony Freeman, a student at Hampton University, agreed.
This has been very valuable, said Freeman, who plans to attend
graduate school in history. Its made me see how history and
conservation go hand in hand. Its been an enriching experience for me.
McHenry described a new appreciation she gained for photography and the way it helps tell stories of the past.
Today, we take photographs for granted, she said. Everybody takes
selfies, and we take so many digital photos all the time, everywhere we
go. But these old photographs were really rare and valuable, and they
need to be cared for and preserved.
As a result of the workshop, the students have launched what Norris
called a new and exciting advocacy and outreach campaign on their home
campuses. A video, titled Every Day is a Museum, can be seen here.