Preservation Week 2014: Behind the Scenes Tour of the Center for Jewish History
This tour of the Center for Jewish History’s Conservation Laboratory, Digitization Laboratory, and Archival Processing Center takes attendees behind the scenes and shows first hand how curators preserve the Center's many cultural artifacts and books for future generations. While this tour is free, reservations are requested at RSVP@cjh.org
This tour will feature:
- Shelby White & Leon Levy Archival Processing Laboratory. Visitors can view the process of archival collections management and recognize its importance in the larger world of Jewish history. The Archival Lab is also a launching ground for future collection-based projects.
- Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory. Visitors can view how the Center works providing the public with high-quality digital multimedia facsimiles of items from the partners' collections. Its experienced staff works with high-tech collection management systems to produce images, audio files and other digital resources that make delicate and vulnerable treasures from the partners' archives accessible to a wide audience. All of the digital material is then made available at digital.cjh.org.
- Werner J. and Gisella Levi Cahnman Preservation Laboratory. Visitors can learn about the critical tasks of stabilizing, maintaining and prolonging the life of the partners' extensive paper-based collections, which are subject to deterioration due to environmental conditions, age and handling. The Preservation Lab reformats brittle materials, treats items damaged by use, and preserves and re-houses collections in customized protective containers and sleeves. Without these preservation efforts, many materials—some of which date back hundreds of centuries—would not be accessible to the public.