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M. Susan Barger Collection

Identifier: AG 284

Content Description

Series 1 is made up of correspondence and letters between Barger and various individuals regarding her work as a student and conservator regarding her research and work with collections.

Series 2 regards Barger's reserach and work throughout her career. Sub-series 1 is proposals created by Barger to fund her work. Sub-series 2 is dedicated to Barger's work on the subject of Daguerreotype composition and cleaning them. Sub-series 3 is made up of several boxes of samples of daguerreotypes used by Barger in her research. Sub-series 4 is reserch and projects conducted by Barger that is outside the subject of daguerreotypes, including adobe plasters.

Series 3 is made up from Barger's physical notebooks and note pages that were used in her various research projects and assessments and her published material. including her dissertation and book.

Series 4 materials are made from materials published by Barger including articles that came from her research and other materials that were published by others but connected with Barger's career.

Series 5 are photographic materials of dagureeotypes and presentations. The bulk of this series are micrographs of dagurreotypes.


  • 1970s-2000s


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Biographical / Historical

M. Susan Barger is a converstor and teacher of material sciences for 40 years. Barger got her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania researching daguerreotypes. This would continue throughout her career as she researched the chemical composition and cleaning processes of daguerreotypes for various collections. She and her PhD advisor published a book on the subject entitled The Daguerreotype : Nineteenth - Century Technology and Modern Science. She also created and is a part of programs that supports smaller cultural institutions in managing their collections throughout the Western U.S.A. Barger retired from her full time work in 2019 but is still active in the field of conservation.


9 Boxes

9.38 Linear Feet

9.49 Cubic Feet

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The M. Susan Barger's collection consists of correspondence, research notes and notebooks, printed material, manuscripts and articles, research samples, and photographic material encompassing Barger's career as a conservationist with a keen interest in daguerreotypes and adobe.


This collection was donated by M. Susan Barger to the CCP in 2020

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Elias Larralde in 2022

M. Susan Barger Collection Finding Aid
Finding aid created by Elias Larralde in 2022
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Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States