The Library of Congress' Preservation Research and Testing Division has established an advanced preservation studies
scientific program for research and analysis of the diverse range of cultural heritage objects in its collection. Using this
system, the Library is currently developing specialized integrated research methodologies for extending preservation
analytical capacities through non-destructive hyperspectral imaging of cultural objects. The research program has
revealed key information to support preservation specialists, scholars and other institutions. The approach requires close
and ongoing collaboration between a range of scientific and cultural heritage personnel - imaging and preservation
scientists, art historians, curators, conservators and technology analysts. A research project of the Pierre L'Enfant Plan of
Washington DC, 1791 had been undertaken to implement and advance the image analysis capabilities of the imaging
system. Innovative imaging options and analysis techniques allow greater processing and analysis capacities to establish
the imaging technique as the first initial non-invasive analysis and documentation step in all cultural heritage analyses.
Mapping spectral responses, organic and inorganic data, topography semi-microscopic imaging, and creating full
spectrum images have greatly extended this capacity from a simple image capture technique. Linking hyperspectral data
with other non-destructive analyses has further enhanced the research potential of this image analysis technique.