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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.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen collections care/preservation (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Collections care/preservation content on the IMLS Web site:
WWII Survivor being interviewed.
Blog Post: Bringing Oral Histories to Life at the National WWII Museum

November 26, 2013 09:19 AM
With help from an IMLS grant, the National WWII Museum was able to provide better access to their oral history collection online for researchers and students of all ages. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Dividends of Digitization Investments—A Reflection


The IMLS-funded report “Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections” addresses how to digitize special collections and develop successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time. Read More

 
Adze in hand
Blog Post: Chipping Away at It

September 20, 2013 10:32 AM
With a Native American Library Enhancement grant from IMLS, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library created an online display of their public collections, including photos, documents, audio, and artifacts. Read More

 
The frock coat of Lt. Col. Thomas Ruffin
Blog Post: See Civil War Uniforms in the Conservation Process in a Live Webcast

September 9, 2013 10:38 AM
During a live webcast from the North Carolina Museum of History, you can get a behind the scenes look at their textile conservation lab and see how they conserve Civil War uniforms. Read More

 
Man playing a video game on a computer
Blog Post: Saving Video Games at the Strong

September 6, 2013 02:13 PM
With the challenges of ever-changing technology, a grant from IMLS is helping the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong preserve video games. Read More