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Collections Care/Preservation

Libraries and museums care for collections that connect us to history, art, science and the natural world.

Connecting to Collections logoNational Initiative: Connecting to Collections
Connecting to Collections is a national initiative to raise public awareness of the importance of caring for our treasures, and to underscore the fact that these collections are essential to the American story.

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Collections care/preservation content on the IMLS Web site:
NC C2C Staff: Adrienne Berney, Matthew Hunt, Michelle Vaughn, and LeRae Umfleet
April 2012: North Carolina Initiative Focuses on Preserving State's Cultural Heritage

The North Carolina Connecting to Collections (C2C) program is helping the state’s museums, libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions better care for their collections. This profile demonstrates how the C2C program is making an impact throughout the state by conducting forums, hosting workshops, and providing other valuable resources. Read More

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October 2011: 3-D Imaging Technology Preserves Audio Collections

Libraries, archives and museums across the country have special audio collections contained on antique grooved media that are broken, too fragile or too degraded to play back on traditional systems. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory IRENE/3D project uses digital imaging technology to preserve these sound recordings. Read More

Michelle McKinney, assistant archivist, working on her first processed collection to the storage area.
February 2010: Newly Reorganized Archives Benefits Museum, Community

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience, holds a collection of more than 30,000 artifacts and archival materials. Read More

Exterior view of the L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, Maine.
January 2010: Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) Celebrates 20 Years of Preserving History

The L.C. Bates Museum is one of 2700 institutions that have received Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) awards during the past 20 years. This article describes the history and accomplishments of the program. Read More

Conservation technician Ryan Ashley and Randall Melton work on collection objects and explain their methods to a group of visitors.
October 2009: Cataloging Histories of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes

Providing community access to understand how collections are cataloged and handled can have myriad benefits. When the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute created a temporary exhibit in which curators and technicians performed cataloging and preventative conservation work in front of visitors, the results included a deeper understanding of how museums and cultural centers care for collections. Read More