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Friday, May 30 • 8:30am - 9:00am
(Photographic Materials Session) Preserving Ernest Hemingway’s Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks at the Finca Vigía

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For over ten years, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has been working with conservators at the Finca Vigía, Hemingway’s house in Cuba where he lived from 1939 – 1960, providing advice, training and aid in preserving its paper-based archives. The collection includes manuscripts, letters, over 3000 photographs, scrapbooks, photograph albums, art collections, maps and a 9000 volume library that contains rare first editions of his books and those of other famous writers. Even though the entire collection is important to the home’s history, the focus of this paper is the conservation of four significant albums that document Hemingway’s acceptance of the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature for Old Man in the Sea and the subsequent making of the movie. These include the photograph albums Homenaje Nacional and Recuerdo…1956, and scrapbooks Nobel Prize Telegrams and Drawings for Storyboard for the Movie Old Man and the Sea.

Photograph albums and scrapbooks are multifaceted items that require the expertise of not only a book conservator but also paper or photograph conservators. The conservation of these objects is complicated even when working in a climate controlled lab with abundant and available supplies. Add the traditional challenge of conserving albums to working in a tropical climate without environmentally controlled facilities, lack of space, language difficulties, and lack of material, and the challenges are magnified. This paper explores the importance of Hemingway’s albums and scrapbooks to the collection, the difficulties overcome to develop and implement appropriate and successful conservation treatments, and the satisfying partnership with our Cuban colleagues at the Finca Vigía.


Speaker(s)
avatar for Monique C. Fischer-[Fellow]

Monique C. Fischer-[Fellow]

Senior Photograph Conservator, Northeast Document Conservation Center
Monique C. Fischer is the senior photograph conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, MA.  She holds a master’s degree in art conservation from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Smith College... Read More →

Co-Author(s)
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Mary Bogan

Director of Book Conservation, Northeast Document Conservation Center
Mary Patrick (MP) Bogan has worked in the field of bookbinding and conservation since 1981, including eleven years at NEDCC. She also served as Head of Binding and Repair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, and as Conservation Officer/Program Coordinator in the... Read More →


Friday May 30, 2014 8:30am - 9:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom C