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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

 
Photo of Sandy Tharp-Thee, Champions of Change
Blog Post: Library Programs Tailored for a Tribal Community

September 4, 2013 12:39 PM
Sandy Tharp-Thee was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. With Tharp-Thee as Library Director of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, the library evolved from an organization with no budget and no viable programs to a well-funded organization that is considered an “essential service.” Read More

 
Blog Post: Emerging from the Flood

August 20, 2013 01:39 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library President and CEO Gail Naugton and Community Member Bob Schaffer explain how the museum and the Czech Village worked together to revitalize the cultural community of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Read More

 
Blog Post: From Graphic Novels to Traveling Pop Up Exhibits: New Directions in Public Outreach

July 26, 2013 02:16 PM
Indiana Historical Society’s Tamara Hemmerlein recaps her ALA presentation about building public support for heritage preservation. Read More

 
Talking with an artist at the Haitian Heritage Museum
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: The Growing Impact of Haitian Art and Culture

July 18, 2013 06:16 AM
The Haitian Heritage Museum has been a steward of Haitian art exhibitions, dance performances, and educational programming in Southeastern Florida and is increasing programming within the facility, schools, colleges, and the greater community. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: So I’ve Got this Thing…Resources for Collections Care

July 11, 2013 12:34 PM
Newer and smaller institutions may face challenges in collections management and an overwhelming ratio of items to staff. Registrar Tracey Berg-Fulton describes collections care resources that provide guidance for museums. Read More

 
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Wake Up and Smell the Possibilities

June 27, 2013 06:28 PM
With the help of an IMLS grant the Mosaics Templar Cultural Center was able to hire collections and education staff. Read More

 
Blog: AAHC Forum: A Dream Becomes Reality

June 20, 2013 03:48 PM
A museum that started off as a father and son project received a Conservation Assessment Program grant to help the museum grow. Read More

 
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Blog: AAHC Forum: Collections Management Initiatives: Big Things Are Happening at the Harvey B. Gantt Center

June 13, 2013 02:20 PM
Using IMLS funding, the Gantt Center hired a collections management consultant to improve inventory, collection management software, conservation, disaster recovery, and digital planning. Read More

 
Biloxi Under Seven Flags.
Blog Post: A Mississippi Gulf Coast Album

May 31, 2013 08:33 AM
An IMLS grant to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Archives helped complete the preservation and captioning of the premiere photographic collections of South Mississippi that survived Hurricane Katrina. Read More