Date of Award


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Open Access

Degree Name

Art Conservation, M.A., C.A.S.


Art Conservation Department


Theresa J. Smith


Gary Albright

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First Reader

Jiuan Jiuan Chen

Second Reader

Aaron Shugar

Third Reader

Rebecca Ploeger


Nassau Hall Stair by photographer Elizabeth G.C. Menzies, was brought into the Buffalo State College’s Garman Art Conservation Department for examination and treatment. Conservation imaging was utilized during examination and documentation. Nassau Hall Stair was attached to a window mat which was found to be significant due to graphite and ink inscriptions. The photograph exhibited puncture-like damage and undulations while the window mat showed similar undulations and brown tidelines. Nassau Hall Stair was identified as a gelatin silver developed-out-paper (DOP) print with X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF) and went through a series of solvent and aqueous baths which reduced tape adhesive and flattened undulations and protruding damages. Simultaneously, the window mat underwent aqueous baths which resulted in remounting the facing paper onto a new archival window mat.

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