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4 Responsesso far.

  1. This is a WONDERFUL project with a spectacular website. We will share it broadly as an example of the value and significance of photographic albums. My field is photograph conservation. If I can help with process identification (it seems from the images that there are albumen, gelatin and possibly collodion print images in addition to the tintypes) or preservation questions, do not hesitate to contact me. If any of the students are interested in pursuing the field of photograph conservation following this rich, hands-on experience I am happy to help in that regard too. Best, Debbie

    • Martha Jones says:

      Dear Debbie,

      Thanks so much for taking such a careful look at the albums. We appreciate your expertise. And your comments lead me to think we should be more specific about the photograph types. That’s an excellent recommendation for revisions this fall.

      Thanks again!

  2. I made a memorial for Arabella on Find A Grave. Maybe relative will go looking there to find information about her or her family. Do you mind posting one of her pictures on the memorial? Thank you. Great project by the way. I loved learning about all the people in the albums.

    I’ve asked someone to look for her headstone.

    • Martha Jones says:

      Thanks! We haven’t yet met anyone from the Chapman-Miller family, but we hope that we will. So your idea of an entry on Find a Grave is a terrific clue. Yes, we’ll go ahead and put a photo there. A field trip to the Albany Rural Cemetery is on our list of things to do. It’s great to meet you here!

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