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Do Not Migrate

Managing and Preserving Design Records

presented by the


for Art and Historic

July 16 & 17, 2007 — Chicago, IL

Held at and cosponsored by the
Chicago History Museum

Schlesinger & Mayer/Carson Pirie Scott BuildingArchitectural records are vital documentation of our built environment and provide insight into social and economic trends throughout history. However, collecting, managing, preserving, and providing access to these records can often feel like a monumental task for those charged with their care. Speakers at this symposium will address the challenges involved in managing architectural records collections, on both theoretical and practical levels, through case studies, lectures, and demonstrations.

Participants will learn about the significance of architectural records; the array of materials and methods used to create them, from the earliest processes to those in use today; collecting policies; appraisal; intellectual control; preventive and remedial preservation measures; innovations in conservation treatment; methods of access; reformatting; and management of electronic files; as well as have opportunities to engage in discussions with fellow participants who are managing similar collections.

This symposium is intended for archivists, librarians, curators, historic preservation officers, records managers, historians, and architects who are involved in collecting, preserving, and providing access to architectural, landscape, and historic preservation records in cultural institutions and architectural firms.


Times Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM Registration and refreshments

8:45 AM – 5:30 PM Program

Funding: This program was developed under grants from the National Park Service and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Program contents are solely the responsibility of CCAHA and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the National Park Service or the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

All images are courtesy of the Chicago History Museum. Cover image: Schlesinger & Mayer/Carson Pirie Scott Building, Louis H. Sullivan (ca. 1898-1899). Shadow images: Monadnock Building, Burnham and Root; Crown Hall, elevation drawing

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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119