- Environmental Management
- Testing & Standards
- Imaging & Information Media
- PEM2 Datalogger
- PEM2 USB Flash Drive
- eClimateNotebook Basic
- eClimateNotebook Basic Plus
- eClimateNotebook Professional
- eClimateNotebook Professional Plus
- A-D Strips
- IPI MSQR
- Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints
- IPI’s Guide to Sustainable Preservation Practices
- New Tools for Preservation
- Permanent Images: A Personal and Technical Memoir
- Pioneers of Photography Book
- Photographic Negatives Poster
- Motion Picture Film Poster
- Ordering Information
- The Atlas of Water Damage on Inkjet-printed Fine Art
What We Do
Since its inception in 1985, the Image Permanence Institute® has provided cultural institutions, preservation scientists, and consumer preservation industries in the US and abroad with significant research, publications, and tools to enable the preservation of image collections and material culture. Our resources are committed to specialized scientific research, the development of up-to-date standards and reliable tools, and the dissemination of useful and understandable information to a broad range of cultural institutions and media consumers.
Products and Services
Environmental Management Products
- A-D (Acid Detector) Strips® for film collections
- Preservation Environment Monitors (PEM® and PEM2® dataloggers) and accessories, eClimateNotebook® online data management and analysis
- Dew Point Calculator
Environmental Monitoring and Analysis consultations can range from guidance in purchasing IPI's hardware and software products, designing an environmental management and risk analysis program, evaluating HVAC design plans or existing mechanical systems, help identifying energy saving opportunities, and more. Learn More.
- Media Collection Surveys and Storage Advice focusing on photograph, cinema, and microfilm collections. The survey includes an on-site visit to place A-D Strips®, a follow up visit to retrieve the strips and document and evaluate the condition of collections and enclosures, detailed analysis of collected data and recommendations for practical ways to improve the quality of the storage environment. Learn More.
Testing Services for Imaging Materials and Archival Storage Products
Image Stability Evaluations
- Abrasion Sensitivity Test to evaluate damage to prints that have been pulled from a stack, moved from one location to another, or have been accidentally subjected to rubbing action by other materials such as storage enclosures.
- Light-Fastness Test to determine the effects of light on photos, ink jet prints and other imaging media
- Air-Pollutant Sensitivity Test on materials used in photograph, cinema, microforms, digital hard copy and enclosure materials
- High-Humidity Sensitivity Test to evaluate the propensity of printed material to undergo colorant migration due to high humidity.
Photo-storage and Framing Materials Evaluations
- Photographic Activity Test (PAT) for archival quality in photographic enclosures
- pH and Alkaline Reserve Tests on paper and paper board to determine if a material is acidic, basic, or neutral with respect to pH or to determine the percent alkaline reserve of the paper
Education and Outreach
Workshops, Talks and Seminars in IPI's areas of expertise such as Best Practices in Managing the Environment for Preservation, Developing an Environmental Monitoring Program, the Effect of Environment on Collection Materials, Sustainable Preservation Approaches, Care and Preservation of Photographs, Identification of Photo Print Processes, etc.
- Advice on image preservation, environmental management and sustainable practices.
- Storage Guides for mixed media collections, acetate film and color photograph materials
- Care and Identification of 19th Century Photographic Prints
- New Tools for Preservation
- IPI's Guide to Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments
- Climate Notes: Designed for collection care staff in cultural institutions, covering a wide range of topics related to managing the environment for preservation.
- DP3 Newsletter: Delivers project updates and results from the Digital Print Preservation Portal (DP3) Project.
- Graphics Atlas Interesting Picture of the Week: A weekly email highlighting an interesting picture from Graphics Atlas.
- Educational Websites
- Consumer Guides – free guides designed to help consumers make the best choices for their own collections when purchasing imaging materials or photo storage and display products
AMIA Internship in Preservation Research awarded by the Association of Moving Image Archivists to one student each year who plans to pursue a career in moving image preservation, funded by IPI – 3 months in length.
The L. Jeffrey Selsnick School for Film Preservation Internship provides practical experience in preservation research for future leaders in moving image archiving and conservation – 6 to 8 weeks in length.
Image Permanence Institute Photograph Research Internship is a fifteen-month internship for someone to assist in developing content for an online print identification resource, Graphics Atlas, www.graphicsatlas.org. It is a paid position sponsored by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a monthly stipend of $1200.