Soot, Mud, and Mold: Beyond the Basics of Salvaging Archives Collections

MAC Workshop

Thursday, April 24 • 8:00AM – 4PM

Do you have a disaster plan but still don’t feel like you would know what to do in the event of a large-scale disaster? This half-day workshop takes you to the next step in terms of implementing your plan under stress. Through lecture, simulations, and hands-on activities, you will develop an understanding of how to respond to the emergency, prioritize salvage operations, and work with vendors. Know what your immediate responses should be and feel confident in your decision-making process by becoming familiar with your treatment options and knowing how to get the salvage operation started. Participants will be asked to come prepared with their own institution-specific plans and information.

By the end of this workshop:

  • You will be able to implement your disaster plans when a large-scale event occurs.
  • You will be able to apply your collection priorities and make salvage priority and processing decisions.
  • You will be able to establish emergency response and logistics for your archives after a large-scale disaster.
  • You will be able to make appropriate decisions in terms of disaster salvage of archival collections.
  • You will learn about safety issues and personal protective equipment.
  • You will be able to perform salvage techniques for wet, muddy, sooty materials in various formats and also to pack out large amounts of collection material for salvage by vendors.
  • You will be able to train other archives staff to perform salvage operations.
  • You will be able to identify external resources that can provide assistance in the event of a disaster.


  • Hilary Seo, Iowa State University
  • Melissa Tedone, Iowa State University
  • Whitney Baker, University of Kansas

Cost: $40

Enrollment: Attendance is limited to 25.

You can sign up for the workshop during the online registration process for the MAC 2014 Annual Meeting.