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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:
Blog Post: Digital Infrastructure Supporting Long Term Access at the CNI 2015 Spring Meeting

May 8, 2015 02:19 PM
At the spring meeting of the Coalition of Networked Information, libraries’ role in developing, deploying, and managing digital infrastructure was highlighted. Read More

 
Blog Post: Read the First Four National Digital Platform Grant Proposals

April 24, 2015 11:47 AM
Grant materials from the first IMLS awards addressing the national digital platform are now available. Read More

 
Photograph of the Phoenix Steam Fire Engine No. # in 1885.
Blog Post: Remembering Lincoln: Personal Stories about the Lincoln Assassination

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. Read More

 
Cole's Garden Annual. 1892. From the BHL Seed and Nursery Catalog Collection.
Blog Post: What's Up with Seed Catalogs in BHL?

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. Read More

 
Photo of graphophone
Blog Post: Hearing History

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. Read More