Mixed Media in the Rehousing Project
The image above is a colored pencil drawing of the Georgia Pavillion at the 1964-1965 World's Fair in New York City. The drawing exists on fragile tracing paper which has yellowed over time. The yellowing is caused by environmental factors and the chemical composition of the paper; the usable lifespan of this document will be greatly extended by the rehousing project. Today the archive will arrange and rehouse at least a dozen drawings of the Georgia Pavillion; the drawings are varied in their size and media. The varied formats in this collection are so far typical of those found in the archive's collection.
As you can see in this second image of materials relating to the White Hospital, one folder of prints can contain everything from brownlines to tracings to negatives prepared for reproduction. Since the collection's holdings vary in size and composition, the flat files aren't appropriate for all of the items; smaller items are interleaved and sorted into drop front boxes, and arrangement numbering will let researchers know how to find everything for one subject. Separating the formats by size will prevent smaller items from becoming damaged or misplaced in drawers too large for their measurements.