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Conservation Microfilming, Photography and Digital Imaging

Conservation microfilming of archival material such as maps, architectural drawings and textual records is performed to ensure the long-term preservation of the information and to allow access to the records by the public. Microfilming, processing, inspection, duplication and treatment activities for 16, 35 and 105mm formats are carried out in the laboratories of the Gatineau Preservation Centre. International microfilming standards are used when capturing records of archival value and silver-halide polyester film is used to ensure the long-term preservation of all generations created (camera microfilm, print master film and reference copies). All microfilm products are inspected to ensure image quality, stability and usability.
Preservation photography and digital imaging of a wide variety of original archival graphic and photographic records produce accurate negative and positive images, in colour or black and white, on contemporary supports such as paper, film or disk for researchers. This function documents, preserves and enables ongoing access to the records. Quality control and assurance is performed on all products.