The Old Manse, famed gathering place for Emerson and Thoreau, cataloged and conserved its treasured book and art collection thanks to an IMLS grant.
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Museums for America
Federal funds to be invested in lifelong learning, collections care, and workforce development projects.
The George Eastman Museum will digitize and provide online access to four audio and audiovisual collections that currently exist in obsolete formats. Three of these collections are composed of audio and videotape recordings of artists, curators, and scholars who have contributed to the history of photography and cinema. The fourth collection comprises audiotapes of museum symposia, workshops, and conferences. The museum will reformat the recordings from analog tapes to open-source digital formats.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum will increase public access to its collections while enhancing the quality of its digitization processes. The project team will digitize 1,571 objects from the museum's fine arts and personal property collections. The museum staff will work with two photographers to capture images of objects, which range from oil on canvas to paper to photography to textiles. The museum will purchase supplies and equipment to create a photography studio, which will be eventually used to image capture the entire fine art photography collection.
The Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester will implement the second phase of an institution-wide storage renovation project to improve care for its collections and increase access for both staff and the public. The museum will rehouse 2,500 small objects, sculptures, and artifacts by installing a custom high-density mobile storage system. The project team will research and update the cataloging information for objects that are currently not accessible via the museum's website.
The Chester County Historical Society will improve artifact care and increase public awareness of the importance of collections stewardship by creating a visible storage space. The museum will purchase and install large glass cases and flat file cabinets with glass-covered drawers to install in the 2,000-square-foot climate-controlled public space. Nearly 5% of the museum collection will be rehoused, including furniture, ceramics, silver, pewter, paintings, and textiles.
The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, will improve the stewardship of its collections by rehousing its non-passerine bird skins. The museum will replace early 1900s-era cases that do not adequately protect the skins from potential pest damage. The project team will purchase and install 74 new cases and 400 aluminum trays to provide better pest control, as well as improved weight loading and spacing for the specimens. As part of the project, the museum will relabel tags, trays, and cases based on a recently updated organization and taxonomy.
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage will ensure best practices for the care and management of its collections by developing a long-range collections and conservation plan. The project will begin with a review of all existing policies and documents relating to collections. The museum will then contract with specialist conservators to update the institution's conservation survey of collections, examine current environmental conditions, and conduct a detailed conservation survey of selections from the textiles collection.
The Missouri History Museum will process, survey, and make publicly accessible the 1,894 objects in its Charles A. Lindbergh Collection. Objects include diverse personal items, gifts associated with Lindbergh's 1927 transatlantic flight and publicity tours, and wedding gifts presented to Charles and his wife Anne. The museum will hire two collections specialists and one special projects photographer, overseen by its collections manager, to perform the work. Conservators specializing in objects, paintings, paper, and textiles will perform detailed conservation surveys.