|(l-r) Jordan, Joanne Cole and Criss Cole, State Capitol, September 9, 1969|
Reverse of above image with backing removed.
Notice the double sided masking tape.
We then noticed that the largest of the images (featuring Jordan and an unnamed man and woman) had a cardboard backing affixed to the reverse side of the image; these backings are not uncommon (unfortunately) with photographs collections from this time period. Many archives would use original photographs for exhibit purposes and would mount the photographs to give them extra stability (and sometimes the original owner of a photograph might also affix a mounting themselves for various reasons). The problem is that most adhesives, such as glues and tapes, are highly acidic and therefore destructive to photographs. In most cases, the best thing to do with photographs that are mounted in such a way (such as in scrapbooks and the old “magnetic page” photo albums of the 1970s and 80s) is to simply leave the photographs alone as removing them may cause further damage to the images.
|State Capital Review, ca. September 10, 1969.|
This is a great example of the value of archives and why we call this blog “Buried Treasures.” Taking a second, closer look at an item and doing a little detective work can uncover some surprising stories and truths. We think Jordan, known for her preparation work and research, would agree.