Faculty Advisor

Albrecht, Dirk

Faculty Advisor

Orr, John A.


The Ciba Association has a large collection of documents and artifacts from chemical research done to develop Cibachrome, a positive-print photo paper, by Ilford Photo in Switzerland. In addition to their historical value, many of these documents still have applications in contemporary research. We worked with the association in developing a procedure to archive these items so that their value can be preserved. To achieve this we interviewed over twenty professionals across several disciplines such as chemistry, archiving, and conservation. We also visited institutions specializing in document digitization and conservation. Based on this research we developed a system to organize the collection and suggested methods to publish the collection and increase public awareness of its existence.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering