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Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division
The New York Public Library has one of the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive institutional preservation programs in the United States, with activities dating back to the 1911 opening of the landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division cares for the Library’s permanent assets in all formats housed in more than ninety buildings in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, as well as a high-density storage facility in New Jersey. The Division preserves both the artifacts that comprise the Library’s vast and diverse collections as well as their intellectual content. The work done by Preservation Division staff significantly contributes to the long-term survival of the Library’s renowned collections held in trust for public access and use.
- Audio Preservation
Preservation of sound recordings is achieved through a multifaceted program of conservation, reformatting and documentation.
- Collections Care
Collections Care assesses, treats, and provides protective enclosures for collection items; manages mass deacidification; and shares in collection disaster preparedness and recovery.
- Conservation Treatment
Conservators perform physical and chemical treatments on rare and special collections to ensure long-term survival and access for current and future generations.
- Digital Preservation Development
Digital preservation development and activities are a shared responsibility among the Library’s information technology, digital, curatorial and Preservation programs.
- Field Services
Field Services serves as the outreach center for staff and public, promoting and implementing preservation practices used to extend the life of Library and personal collections.
- Moving Image Preservation
The moving image studios produce preservation, access, and requested footage copies from a broad range of historic and current media formats.
- Preservation Microfilming
Preservation Microfilming preserves the intellectual content of at-risk collection materials by reformatting to microfilm, which may be converted from film to digital format through collaborative projects.
Registrars are responsible for the management and safety of the Library’s special collections during exhibitions and outgoing loans, and when in transit throughout the Library system.
From September 25, 2009 through June 26, 2010 D. Samuel and Jeane H. Gottesman Exhibition Hall (First Floor) Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788 (directions) Hours: Click here forRead More ›
To coincide with the American Library Association's national events for Preservation Week, the Preservation Division at the New York Public library has scheduled some events for the public in the local New YorkRead More ›
- Public Events for Preservation Week, April 27–May 3
- Stuffed Animal Husbandry: Caring for Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends
- Time Machine: Interstitial Moment, VHS vs. Communism
- Monuments Men Reading List
Preservation can be compared to a health care system because it involves preventative, diagnostic, clinical, and critical care services.
The Outgoing Loan Program for external exhibitions is coordinated by the Registrar’s Office within the Preservation Division. This program enables approved cultural institutions to borrow works from the NYPL's collections for display in their own exhibitions.
NYPL and Yale were awarded an IMLS leadership grant to prepare a host of fellows for careers in preservation administration.