Finding Aid, Coosa River Photographs 1880

Part of the Coosa River Photographs 1880 project

Author(s): Dewayne Cameron; Owens Sheldon

Year: 2012


The Veterans’ Curation Program utilizes the standard archival practice of unique naming of collections. Therefore, this collection is referred to as "Coosa River Photographs 1880.” This name is consistent throughout the finding aid, the file folders, and the box labels. The extent of this collection is two linear inches.

The Augusta, Georgia Veterans Curation Program (VCP) received the photographs from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District by way of Andrea Adams when she visited the Augusta lab. Andrea Adams from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District arrived to the Augusta VCP to train the new staff on the standards and methods of archival rehabilitation. This training was conducted on December 27th through 31st 2010. During the session, she used the photographs to assist in the training and use of the Absorene ® cleaning material. All staff used white cotton gloves and Absorene® to practice cleaning historical photographs which could not be cleaned with the PEC-12 cleaning solution.

January 24, 2011 VCP lab technician Dewayne Cameron took over the processing efforts of the Coosa River Photographs 1880. The photographs are 11” x 7 ½” placed on a 13 7/8” x 11” cardboard backing. The initial condition of the photographs was noted as poor. The corners and edges of the photographs were frayed, torn, and warped. Absorene® was used to remove all dirt and other contaminants on the front side of photographs.

Photograph number 5 was damaged during this process. During the removal of the Absorene ® two small flakes of the picture were removed from the cardboard backing. The Archives Lab Manager was immediately informed and had the photograph removed from the collection and placed in a separate photographic storage box. The two small flakes of the photograph were placed in a small box for any future restoration project. During the construction of the permanent photographic storage box, the lab manager conducted the quality assurance cleaning and inspection of all photographs. At that time it was noted that, due to the removal of the contaminants photograph number 14 showed that a small portion of emulsion which was beginning to bubble away from the cardboard backing. No other methods of restoration or mending were conducted on the photographs from the collection.

Photographs were digitally scanned into the Foray Database system. Both front and back of the photographs were scanned at 600 dpi. The dpi was doubled to allow for larger reproductions if wanted by the collection of owner. A digital disc will be created to send back with collection, allowing the collection to be reprinted and displayed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, Operation Division. The photographs were placed in a specially created storage box, made from acid-free card board, and lined with acid-free tissue paper that was also placed in between photographs. An accession folder was created and stored with photographs.

Cite this Record

Finding Aid, Coosa River Photographs 1880. Dewayne Cameron, Owens Sheldon. 2012 ( tDAR id: 426641) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8QZ2DNX

Spatial Coverage

min long: -86.63; min lat: 32.352 ; max long: -86.053; max lat: 33.013 ;


General Note: The digital materials in this collection were processed by the Veterans Curation Program (VCP), and include archival photographs, finding aid, photographic material database, and the scanned asset key. Additional digital materials held by the VCP include the document folder listing, initial data collection sheet, notes, preliminary inventory worksheet, and records removal sheet. For additional information on these materials, refer to the finding aid.

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