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Condition monitoring of the daguerreotype images in the exhibition Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes (2005), organized by George Eastman House, revealed alarming condition changes in the objects during the exhibition period. It was concluded that a much higher level of documentation of current condition, as well as research into the material science and deterioration mechanisms of these shared national treasures, and the daguerreotype genre in general, was imperative to the long-term stewardship of daguerreotypes. (read more…)