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The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) at the University of California will conserve the Hawk for Peach (1968), a signature large-scale stabile by celebrated America artist Alexander Calder, and will re-install it on a new site adjacent to BAMPFA's new building in Berkeley. The stabile was commissioned by BAMPFA in 1968 and donated by Calder in memory of his brother-in-law Kenneth Auraed Hayes, a member of the University of California, Berkeley Class of 1916. The treatment protocol, following the standards of the Calder Foundation, will involve hand stripping to bare metal, treatment of corrosion, application of an epoxy primer, and application of a top coat.
The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy will preserve a unique set of 120 panoramic and oversized rodeo photographs spanning the years 1919-1957. The collection documents the peak years of rodeo competition in the United States, and it illustrates the evolving image of the American cowboy, the extraordinary mid-20th century popularity of rodeo culture, and the ways in which the ideals of western American culture permeated into America's self-image. The project will clean, restore, and digitize the entire collection, making it available for display, research, and access by the public.
The Bucks County Recorder of Deeds will conserve 61 miscellaneous (non-deed) record books dating as early as 1785 that include information regarding chattel, emancipation of slaves, marriages, court orders, decrees, charters and constitutions of churches, agreements, bonds, military discharges, bills of sale, dower release, powers of attorney, and releases of executors and of guardians. Conservation treatment to stabilize, deacidify, and rebind these records will make them available for researchers, genealogists, educators, and local administrators. Plans are also being developed for a "book tour" to other local historical sites.
The Asheville Art Museum will conserve the museum's Black Mountain College (BMC) Collection, which contains historical materials and creative works by students and teachers who attended BMC during its operation from 1933-1957. The most at-risk items in the collection include Ray Johnson letters; drawings, text, prints, paintings, and sculpture from the Lorna Halper estate; administrative documents, bulletins, and publications and performance programs; paintings by other significant Black Mountain College artists include Rene Pinchuk, Kenneth Noland, Jorge Frick, and Richard Lloyd Andrews; and furniture from one of the founding families of BMC made by Mary "Molly" Gregory, head of the BMC woodworking program. The project will conserve and stabilize the collection for future exhibits and research and increase public understanding and accessibility through digitization and exhibitions.
The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) will conserve two of a group of six New Deal era frescoes on the walls of SFAI's historic 800 Chestnut Street Campus. SFAI (then called the California School of Fine Arts) played a central role in the development of the fresco as an art form in the United States in the 1930's. Covered for more than 70 years by overpaint, the murals were discovered recently in 2013. This project will conserve another two frescoes, Marble Workers at Fisherman's Wharf by Frederick Olmsted, Jr., and the Lost Fresco #6, artist unknown. Treatment will include removing urethane and overpainting and restoring damaged areas of the frescoes. The revealed frescoes will illuminat the stories, experiences, and ethos of Bay Area public mural artists, including those less prominent, in this very important period in our collective history.
The Museum of Idaho will rehouse and stabilize the Wasden Collection, which was excavated from the Wasden Site (Owl Cave) between 1965 and 1977 and represents an estimated 15,000 years of Native American occupation on the Snake River Plain. Comprising the collection is evidence of late Pleistocene-early Holocene human occupation and activity in the form of stone and bone tools, pottery sherds, shell, and textile fragments; more than 10,000 bones of large mammals including bison, woolly mammoth, horse, dire wolf, and camel; microfaunal remains; soil samples; original field notes; excavation records; site maps; and excavation photographs. The project will inventory, catalog, and rehouse the entire collection and will stabilize vulnerable materials thereby ensuring their long-term preservation and making the objects and associated information accessible for research and exhibition.
The University of Alaska Museum of the North will stabilize and rehouse a collection of 7,000 catalogued items, including chipped and ground stone artifacts; carved antler, bone, ivory and wood implements; pottery; dendrochronology samples; and associated documentation excavated from 13 late prehistoric (c. AD 1000-1800) archaeological sites along the Kobuk River in northwestern Alaska. The well-preserved organic artifacts provide a unique tool for several areas of archaeological research including faunal analysis, subsistence, trade and exchange, land use, past distributions of plants and animals, dendrochronology, and radiocarbon dating. Each object will also be photographed, and images will be uploaded to the museum's publicly accessible online database to increase accessibility for archaeologists, tribal representatives, educators, and the general public.
The University of Wyoming will create 2D and 3D digital images of site records and artifacts recovered from Hell Gap, a deeply stratified archaeological site that provides a nearly continuous 4,500-year record (11,000-6,500 BC) of Paleoindian occupation and is remarkable because of the evidence of human adaptation to climate change at the end of the last ice age. Records pertaining to site materials excavated in the 1960s and from the 1990s to the present include field notes, maps, profiles, photographic slides, B&W negatives, catalog cards, audio tapes, films, and coding sheets. The artifact assemblage includes faunal bone, preserved domestic buildings, fireplaces, and chipped stone objects. The project will produce a permanent digital archive that will be available through an open access internet portal, maximizing pubic and research access to the site.
The Florida Museum of Natural History will inventory, stabilize, and rehouse the collection of 20,500 artifacts and associated records from archaeological excavations of the seventeenth-century Franciscan mission site of San Juan del Puerto, located near modern-day Jacksonville, Florida, and will make the collections available for study through an online database, the Comparative Mission Archaeological Portal. The collections have the potential to provide important insights into the introduction of Christianity into North America, the organization of missions, and how they changed through time with the introduction of epidemic diseases, incursions from English militias, and shifts in the economy of La Florida. The mission also has historic importance as the home base of Friar Francisco Pareja, one of the central figures in the establishment of the Franciscan mission system in southeastern North America.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will conserve and digitize 52 family scrapbooks and photograph albums from the president's mother, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, which date from 1878 to 1963, as well as 12,000 additional photographs associated with three generations of the Kennedy family. The scrapbooks and albums consist of formal studio portraits, snapshots, newspaper clippings, and ephemera chosen by Rose Kennedy and other family members. The project will ensure the long-term preservation of these materials and make them accessible to the public through the library's website. Expanding the library's digital archives to include family memorabilia will enrich the primary source material available for the study of the Kennedy presidency and a transformative era in American history.
Carnegie Hall will conserve and digitize 410 architectural drawings documenting the construction of the music hall in 1891 and subsequent renovations and improvements made to the National Historic Landmark building. The drawings include the work of architects William B. Tuthill, Ely Jacques Kahn, Robert Allan Jacobs, and John J. McNamara. Together with the institutional records held at the Carnegie Hall Archives, the drawings document the history and development of Carnegie Hall as one of the premier venues in the world for classical music. The archives also support the study of the historic preservation movement in New York City, which saved Carnegie Hall from demolition in 1960 through a citizen-led campaign.
The University of Mississippi will catalog, inventory, digitize, and rehouse a collection of archaeological materials and associated records from nearly 700 sites throughout the state of Mississippi. Acquired via surveys and excavations conducted between 1917 and today, the collections comprise ceramics, stone, bone, shell, charcoal, metal, and glass spanning 14,000 years of human occupation in the Southeast. Particularly well represented are Archaic Period assemblages, Woodland Period mound and village sites, Mississippian mound sites and villages, and assemblages from the Black Prairie region associated with Historic Chickasaw and their Late Mississippian to Early Contact period ancestors. The project will ensure the long-term preservation of these materials and improve access to them as a resource for scholarly research, student training, museum exhibitions, and public programs.
The New-York Historical Society will conserve the Beekman Family Coach, one of only three 18th-century vehicles used in North America to survive with nearly all of its original components and the only extant example from the colonial era. The treatment will remove a dangerous top layer of varnish covering the coach but preserve appropriate evidence of wear in order to maximize the educational value of the piece while also correcting dangerous and visually dramatic surface losses or disfigurement, corrosion or structural damage, and securing the object's future stability. Because much of the conservation treatment will take place in a public gallery, every visitor to the museum and library will see the ongoing work, as will those passing by the museum's street-facing glass entryway. As part of a historically valuable collection of documents and artifacts that provide a comprehensive record of pre-Revolutionary American life, the Beekman Coach brings to life the political, economic, and social history of colonial America.