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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:
Actors on stage for the Penumbra Theatre production photo of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Blog Post: The African American Theater History Project: Bringing Together African American Theater and Cultural History from Libraries Around the Country

June 6, 2014 09:02 AM
The project aims to bring digital access to collections that document African American theater. Read More

 
An archaeologist mapping an excavation level during fieldwork.
Blog Post: Archaeology and an Interdisciplinary Digital Age

May 27, 2014 09:33 AM
Archaeologists are looking at ways to incorporate digital methods. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Hawaii State Public Library System

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. Read More

 
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