Libraries and museums care for collections that connect us to history, art, science and the natural world.
National 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:
April 24, 2015 11:47 AM
Grant materials from the first IMLS awards addressing the national digital platform are now available.
April 16, 2015 03:36 PM
Ford’s Theatre launched the Remembering Lincoln digital collection to engage present-day Americans with stories of people who lived through President Lincoln’s assassination.
March 30, 2015 03:41 PM
Many Biodiversity Heritage Library partners are engaged in a variety of projects to digitize and improve access to the seed and nursery catalogs and lists in their collections.
March 18, 2015 01:43 PM
The “Hear My Voice”: Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound exhibit at the National Museum of American History used IRENE technology to make digital copies of some of the earliest sound recordings ever made.
March 9, 2015 01:40 PM
A drawing by the American illustrator Rose O’Neill, a surprise discovery through an IMLS grant, is now on display at the Delaware Art Museum.
January 15, 2015 03:53 PM
During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives.
November 18, 2014 03:15 PM
The digital collection reflects the diversity and complex history of faith and practice in the state.
November 13, 2014 08:39 AM
Wildlife Biologist Chip Leslie talks to his 8-year-old grandson, Donovan, about science, their regular visits to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma, and the exhibit that Donovan would most like to see.
October 22, 2014 11:49 AM
A new Aspen Institute report summarizes assets of public libraries and describes strategies for their success.
October 7, 2014 01:15 PM
Nevada uses federal funds to digitize historical records, support literacy and workforce development, and keep teens learning after school.
October 6, 2014 01:41 PM
Learn how to recycle your library’s used books to provide more space for your communities’ needs.
October 3, 2014 10:37 AM
A new IMLS project will identify digital preservation solutions for institutions with fewer resources.
August 13, 2014 01:00 PM
Pacific island grantees convened at a training workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii, to discuss their projects with IMLS staff, share best practices, and obtain professional development training.
August 5, 2014 01:54 PM
An IMLS grant to the Museum of the City of New York gives us a look into rare photographs of 20th century theatre production.
June 6, 2014 09:02 AM
The project aims to bring digital access to collections that document African American theater.
May 27, 2014 09:33 AM
Archaeologists are looking at ways to incorporate digital methods.
May 2, 2014 09:48 AM
Hawaii’s State Librarian Richard Burns talks about how LSTA funds are supporting better internet access across the islands, providing public access to high-quality information resources, and supporting collections management.