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The Mystic Seaport Museum will use the funds to hire a project archivist to appraise, describe, and digitize select items from the curatorial records of America's largest maritime museum. The records document the museum's holdings of more than 200,000 objects, including figureheads, ship models, paintings, prints, tools associated with the maritime trades, nautical instruments, fishing and whaling gear, advertising, and printed ephemera, as well as a collection of 500 watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels. Preservation of the curatorial records will support research and public programming efforts at the museum. The project will be matched with $103,246 in non-federal share.
The American Folk Art Museum will use funds to preserve and digitize the first seven volumes of Henry Darger's masterwork, "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion" (also referred to as "In the Realms of the Unreal"). Henry Darger (1892-1973) was one of the most important self-taught or “outsider” artists of the twentieth century. The 15,145-page manuscript (7,269 pages of which are included in this project), accompanied by 22 large-scale watercolor panoramas, tell the epic story of the Vivian Girls - a story of war and peace, of good versus evil, which loosely parallels events of the American Civil War. The works were created in complete secrecy by Darger between 1930 and 1973. The conservation treatment of these fragile manuscripts and the digitization of their contents will enable broader access for researchers, scholars, and the general public, and will be matched by $157,375 in non-federal share.
The Center for Civic Arts will use funds to support the preservation and conservation of two Civil War GAR veteran flags and one pendant, as well as a Workers Progress Administration mural, titled "The Kingdom of Smoke". These historical artifacts are core to Wilkinsburg borough's history and were owned by Major William Lowry of the 62 Infantry. The Wilkinsburg Borough owns these historical treasures but lack administrative capacity to care for the artifacts. The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) was a national veterans association for men who served in the Union Army during the Civil War in the 1860's. The Wilkinsburg GAR Post #548 was organized in 1887, the same year the Borough incorporated. The 1940 WPA “Kingdom Of Smoke” mural was painted by Wilkinsburg artist (Dutch) Harold Carpenter. The project will be matched with $25,000 in non-federal share.
The Rutgers-Newark Institute of Jazz Studies will use funds to improve the physical condition " including conservation, re-housing, and the installation of storage fixtures " of the William “Count” and Catherine Basie papers. This is the only collection with provenance tracing directly to the Basie family that thoroughly documents his life and career, and includes all of their extant personal and professional papers and photographs, moving image and audio recordings with unique and previously unreleased content, souvenirs and ephemera, library, artwork, select home furnishings, as well as Count Basie's wardrobe and accessories, awards, and honors. William “Count” Basie (1904-1984) is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of jazz who helped to define big band styles in the 1920s and 1930s. He is also credited with helping to lay the foundation for rock-n-roll and American popular music in the post-WWII years. The project will preserve the collection and ensure that its contents are restored to exhibition quality and suitable for public use. It will be matched by $446,890 in non-federal share.
The Maryland Historical Society will use funds to support the conservation of its unique and severely deteriorated daguerreotype collection of more than 300 photographs. The collection represents Baltimore's major innovation in the early American photography industry as well unique scenes in the burgeoning city of the 19th century. Exceptionally rare examples include African American portraits and unique landscape views of Baltimore. The conserved collection will be promoted on a new website, publications, and other mediums that will make this collection and the under-appreciated role of Baltimore in the early American photography industry more prominent and accessible than ever before. The project will be matched with $124,142 in non-federal share.
The Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology will use funds to address the micro-preservation needs of the archives of three pivotal Garment District firms: Davidow Inc. (1880-1973); A. Beller & Company (1915-1931); and Monte-Sano & Pruzan (1915-1969). These three collections, which include fashion sketches, illustrations, or croquis (working sketches of live models), represent the firms at the pinnacle of their specialization: Beller, for its successful WWI-era transition, introducing French-inspired fashion into the American market; Davidow, for expanding high-end, ready-to-wear American sportswear; and Monte Sano & Pruzan, for traditional, custom-made suits. These original records document the extensive creative activity that defined the products of a significant American historic district. The project will be matched by $84,823 in non-federal share.
Hampton University Archives will use the funds to conserve and digitize the letter books of Samuel Chapman Armstrong, a Union Army general who served as the first president of the school, as well as two on-site workshops to assist in developing a plan for digital preservation. The letter books provide insight into educational experiences of African Americans and Native Americans during Reconstruction and include Chapman's handwritten and typed correspondence regarding the establishment of Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, as it was known in 1868, its educational design, and administration. The project will be matched with $249,898 in non-federal share.
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will use funds to support the arrangement, description, and digitization of four archival collections that are part of the larger Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections project (EBYVOC), an international preservation and access project. These theater and music collections are important, yet little known, resources for the study and exploration of not only modern Jewish culture and American Jewish immigrant culture, but also of American theater and popular culture. The collections include 1) the Esther Rachel Kaminska Yiddish Theater Museum Collection 2) the Music Collection, 3) the Abraham Moshe Bernstein Papers, & 4) Jewish Music Societies Collection. The project will be matched with 122,983.00 in non-federal share.
The Harbor History Museum will use the funds toward the conservation of the 1925 Shenandoah, one of the last remaining wood-hulled purse seiners built and fished in Washington State. Built by the Skansie Brothers Ship Building Company, the boat is the product of a deep-fishing and boat-building tradition brought to Puget Sound by Croatian immigrants. Its last two decades on the Salmon Banks also marked a significant period in women's history as women began to serve as crew and captains in the Northwest fishing fleet. The project will conserve the deck house and the fly bridge and will replicate the damaged original mast. The fully restored Shenandoah will be placed on display in the museum's new Maritime Gallery slated to open in 2025 as an integral part of the museum's role as memory keepers for fishing-focused way of life in the Puget Sound / Salish Sea area. The project will be matched with $130,638 in non-federal share.
Utah State University will use the funds to improve the management, care, and preservation of and access to the Keller collection, consisting of 2,615 archaeological objects from San Juan County, Utah, known to represent at least 15 documented site locations spanning Basketmaker through Ancestral Pueblo periods (~500 BCE – 1300 CE). The collection consists of lithics and ceramic artifacts as well as seeds, maize, cordage, tubers, plant fibers, clothing, basketry, and faunal materials. During the initial phase of the project, the museum will work with tribal representatives to develop protocols for the care and accessibility of the collection. Once policies and procedures are in place, the project will link archival documents and photographs with artifacts, create full accession records, prepare condition reports, execute conservation treatments, rehouse, digitize, and place the materials museum-quality storage cabinetry. The project will be matched with $75,112 in non-federal share.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will use funds towards the development of a master plan to guide infrastructure improvements for the storage of the museum's Arts & and Humanities Collection as well as a logistics plan for rehousing objects and the long-term growth of the collection. Founded in 1925, the museum is unique amongst its peers in that it is a collecting institution featuring objects that illustrate the history of American childhood. This project will focus on the Arts & Humanities Collection, with 120,000 artifacts that includes many objects of national significance. In addition, one of the museum's strengths is its ability to tell the evolving story of the American family through objects made for and by children. The project will be matched with $124,642 in non-federal share.
The Historic St. Mary's City Commission will use the funds to hire a conservation assistant to treat high-priority materials recovered through archaeological excavations from religious, economic, governmental, and residential sites within Historic St. Mary's City, a National Historic Landmark that commemorates the founding of Maryland. The materials include iron, copper, lead, white metals, composite materials, and organics. Once treated, the artifacts will be properly packaged and placed in a dedicated and environmentally appropriately storage area, ready for incorporation into future exhibitions and use by researchers. The project will be matched with $146,026 in non-federal share.
The University of Illinois Rare Books and Manuscript Library will use funds to stabilize, clean, selectively repair, and digitize the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers. The collection consists of more than 500 boxes filled with manuscripts, drafts, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, recordings, photographs, awards, artifacts, notebooks full of personal notes and lists, and several homemade chapbooks of handwritten early poetry. Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was a poet and teacher who is widely recognized as one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century. Even as her own fame and accolades grew, Brooks remained committed to supporting young writers in her community and was a leader in the Black Arts movement in Chicago in the 1960s and beyond. The project will be matched with $117,952 in non-federal share.
The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources will use the funds to improve preservation of and expand access to the collections associated with the Vore Buffalo Jump archaeological site, used by Northwestern Plains tribes as a bison trap from about 1550 CE to the late 1700s. The collections from this site comprise some 23,000 faunal remains and lithic artifacts, which have been core to cross-disciplinary studies of this hunting technique in archaeology, geology, and biology. The project will address issues of collections management, care, preservation, and access by cleaning, cataloging, assessing conditions of, creating proper storage mounts for, and rehousing artifacts; creating 2D and 3D high-resolution images of significant and diagnostic materials; reorganizing and digitizing archival records; linking records to artifacts and specimens; and making images and information available electronically through a tiered access system, reflecting tribal and stakeholder consultation. The project will be matched with $158,403 in non-federal share.
The University of Kentucky will use the funds to improve environmental conditions of the 10,250 sq ft collections storage area of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology. The museum houses a world-renowned archaeological collection documenting Kentucky's cultural past from more than 254 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Native American, Revolutionary War-, and Civil War-era sites. The improvements will ensure the preservation of these significant collections for future scholarly research and the mutual benefit of all citizens interested in cultural heritage. The project will be matched with $445,327 in non-federal share.
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation will use funds towards the conservation treatment of 7-12 vulnerable manuscripts and paintings from the Islamic collection, dated from the 10th century to the present. As part of the upcoming major engagement and exhibition project "Manuscripts of the Muslim World," the Free Library's nationally significant collections of Islamic art, which includes 200 manuscript books and 1,200 works on paper, will be united with contemporary art and craft produced by residents of Philadelphia. The collection represents a range of humanistic and scientific disciplines and is focused on not only on the significance and preservation of the objects, but also includes a commitment to community engagement and outreach. The project will be matched with $100,000 in non-federal share.
The Army Medical Department Museum Foundation will utilize funds to construct a new entrance to the museum that would allow ease of public access and include an additional set of doors as an airlock to protect museum collections from humidity and other environmental fluctuations. The museum collection is the only one in the country focused on the comprehensive development of the army Medical Department from its founding in 1775 to the present. It includes over 14,000 artifacts from every conflict and operation, including Revolutionary War surgical tools, a restored railway ambulance car, and medical equipment made or modified “in theater” in Iraq. The project will be matched with $480,000 in non-federal share.
The National Building Museum will use funds to preserve the Wurts Brothers Company photographic collection. These detailed images, from one of America's first architectural photography studios, tell an unparalleled story about American architecture, building, and economic expansion during the first half of the twentieth century. For almost a hundred years, the Wurts Brothers Company, based in New York City, documented architecture and buildings across the United States. The project includes a conservation assessment; a prioritized conservation plan; stabilization, conservation, rehousing and digitization of the collection, all of which will improve public access. The project will be matched with $121,184 in non-federal share.
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center will use the funds to stabilize, conserve, repair, and restore the Pathfinder Orbiter Simulator. Fabricated from wood and steel by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in 1977, the simulator played a fundamental role in the beginning of the nation's Space Shuttle Program. It will be removed from its current position as part of the Pathfinder Shuttle Full-Stack, original elements will be treated, missing elements will be fabricated, historic markings will be replaced, and eventually the Pathfinder will be exhibited to the public at ground level under protective housing. The project will be matched with $747,000 in non-federal share.
The Canal Society will use the funds to support an item-level inventory of 735 cubic feet of manuscripts, books, maps, photographs, artwork, and three-dimensional artifacts documenting the history of the Erie Canal. The materials will also be rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term preservation at the Erie Canal Museum, where the collections of both organizations support ongoing research and educational programming for the Erie Canal's Bicentennial (2017-2025). The project will be matched with $171,276 in non-federal share.