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Department of Transportation State Photolog Highway films (2001-17)

Rhode Island State Archives

Rhode Island State Archives
337 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Tel: 401-222-2353
Fax: 401-222-3199
email: statearchives@sos.ri.gov

Administrative Information

Acquisition: Transferred from Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Engineering, Paul McEnanly, Room 366, 2 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02903 on March 5, 2001.
Custodial history: Films created by Goodell-Grivas Inc under contract with RIDOT. Films were previously in the custody of the Division of Planning. Custody was transferred to the Division of Traffic Engineering after reorganization in 1988.
Accruals: No additional accruals are anticipated at this time.
Processing information: Preservation Note: Films were stored in a metal cabinet for approximately 20 years and accessed as needed by RIDOT staff. The set of unused reels were stored in plastic bags sealed with masking tape also in the same cabinet. When the cabinet was opened, vinegar smell was evident. Vinegar Syndrome was also evident from the reels in the plastic bags as they were opened and subsequently removed from the bags. All films were allowed to air out approximately 1-½ months on a table but were covered from direct sunlight. Color shift and fading is evident on the films. Vinegar Syndrome (VS) was tested on a sample of films from each set. [Set A] showed slight degradation measuring .5 (Fair to good) as strip turned somewhat blue-green from bright blue. [Set B] also measured .5 though color was greener (see appendix). Films will be tested again in November 2001 and every year thereafter.
Author: Finding aid prepared by Kate Telford.
Encoding: Finding aid encoded by Kate Telford 2009 July 21
Descriptive rules: Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)