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About IPI

Research, Education, Products and Services in Support of Preservation since 1985


The Image Permanence Institute® (IPI) is a recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural heritage. IPI accomplishes this through a balanced program of research, education, products, and services that meet the needs of individuals, companies, and institutions.

About IPI

The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is an academic research center in the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) dedicated to supporting the preservation of cultural heritage collections in libraries, archives, and museums around the world. IPI achieves this mission by maintaining an active preservation research program that informs and advances professional-level education and training activities, publications, consulting services, and the development of practical preservation resources and tools.

Areas of Research and Expertise

  • The nature of photographic images and other forms of print media
  • Information and technical support for the archival and photographic conservation profession
  • Sustainable practices in environmental management and preservation
  • The stability of imaging and information media and digital print preservation
  • Development of ISO Standards for imaging media and preservation

Major Funders

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Institute for Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for the Humanities

We are also indebted to the thousands of institutions and consumers who purchase our products and services. Self-generated income is critical to ensuring IPI's long-term viability.