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:
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.
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.
April 18, 2013 01:48 PM
Museum puts CAP recommendations into action.
April 4, 2013 10:17 AM
An IMLS Grant to the Hampton University Museum helped create hands-on, interactive workshops to expose high school students to a wide array of careers within the museum and archival fields.
February 21, 2013 12:37 PM
Graduate fellows at the African American Museum in Philadelphia crafted a compelling historical account of 20th-century African American culture by using archival materials from Motown legend, The Supremes.
November 30, 2012 08:15 AM
IMLS-funded research shows that inkjet prints are susceptible to damage from airborne pollutants. Senior Research Scientist Daniel Burge describes measures that can be taken to mitigate the damage.
Throughout the impacted region libraries and museums play important roles in recovery efforts.
October 23, 2012 01:41 PM
The Asian Art Museum brought in consultants from the Seoul, Korea, to collaborate with a team of experts about their rare Korean paintings.
October 23, 2012 01:21 PM
An IMLS-grant to unpack and rehouse a scientific instrument collection, enabled the Peabody Museum to create an online inventory of the entire collection.
October 17, 2012 08:40 AM
Director Hildreth identifies five strategies for museums and libraries that are making a difference in their communities.
October 16, 2012 08:54 AM
Using x-ray, x-radiograph, and other technologies, a painting conservator hired by the Shelburne Museum made discoveries about a number of the museum’s paintings.
October 9, 2012 03:27 PM
A grant from IMLS permitted the Walters Art Museum to create a plan of action to care for a collection of Southeast Asian works of art and to safely relocate the majority of them into accessible, conservation-quality storage environments.
October 4, 2012 03:39 PM
Part scientist, part detective, conservators help to protect and preserve objects that have great power to connect us to science, history, art, nature and culture.
August 30, 2012 12:47 PM
An IMLS-funded planning project is paving the way for better archiving practices at theaters, particularly theaters of color.
August 24, 2012 03:09 PM
The Chicago Zoo's Welfare Track project, funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant, takes a different approach to monitoring the welfare of animals, focusing on causes of wellness in addition to what causes sickness.
August 17, 2012 11:10 AM
The IMLS-funded SafeArchive system automates established replication policies and helps institutions collaborate to preserve digital content.
July 5, 2012 04:16 PM
Drs. Hayley Murphy and Marietta Dindo explain the Great Ape Heart Project, which is assisting nearly every ape in North America in the fight against heart disease, a significant factor in their morbidity and mortality.
June 26, 2012 12:16 PM
Father Columba Stewart, director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, MN, sits down with Dr. Getachew Haile to discuss how he became the library’s Cataloguer of Oriental Manuscripts and Curator of the Ethiopian Study Center after fleeing his native Ethiopia.