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The Bartlesville Area History Museum (BAHM) will catalog, scan, and rehouse 33,864 photographic negatives from the Frank Griggs collection. Processing the Griggs collection has been identified in the BAHM's Strategic Plan as having the highest priority of all museum needs. The photo and negative collection at the BAHM has proven to be invaluable to families, genealogists, news media, researchers, business owners, and a wide range of local, state, and national entities. Through the cataloging project, the identified images will be made more accessible while also ensuring the best long-term preservation for the collection.
The Kent Historical Society will purchase new storage cabinets and a dehumidifier to relocate and rehouse a collection of artwork from their historic house museum, Seven Hearths. The collections will be moved to a renovated storage center in an adjacent building, which will be environmentally upgraded to provide the safest storage space possible on the society's property. The space that currently houses the collection will be used as an interpretive area highlighted as a fur trading shop. The primary outcome of the project will be the prevention of further deterioration and damage to the artwork and increased storage space.
To enhance the museum's ability to manage, care for, and access the approximately 572 framed artworks presently in storage, the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at DePauw University will purchase new powder coated adjustable art storage racks and rehousing supplies and all artworks will be inventoried with their new location information reconciled with the museum's collections management system. Replacing the wooden units will result in an estimated 15 percent increase in storage space for framed works of art, provide for safer long-term storage conditions for the framed artworks, increase the organization of artworks, and facilitate safer handling and access for exhibition, research, and teaching purposes.
The Staten Island Museum will complete a conservation treatment and digitization project of seven items from the museum's document and works on paper collection. Activities include the transport of the documents to a professional conservation center, conservation treatment, consultation with the conservator through the treatment process, digitization, consultation with imaging specialists, return of the documents to the museum's archives and library, and the compilation of treatment data for the permanent collection archival records. Once treatment is completed and digitization is finalized, the items will be placed back into the permanent collection for research use and possible exhibition in the near future.
The Mennonite Heritage Center will undertake a collection stewardship project to ensure the long-term preservation of four key items in the center's collection: a 1536 Froschauer Bible; a family record of the Schnebelli-Bachman family associated with the Froschauer Bible; a 1743 Sauer Bible; and a family record of the Sauter family associated with the Sauer Bible. These artifacts offer interpretive material for telling the story of the German migration and the establishment of the first Mennonite communities in North America. Three of the four items will go through conservation treatment and re-housing to remain accessible for research and exhibition. The center's website will post digital images of the treated family records, broadening access beyond the museum's annual visitors.
The Iñupiat Heritage Center will digitize 1,648 audiovisual recordings that are on obsolete videotape and film formats. They were created by Iñupiaq people about their language and culture during a time of rapid cultural change triggered by oil discoveries on the North Slope in the late 1960s. They document arctic survival strategies such as making clothing to keep warm, tracking and hunting caribou herds, and determining whether ice is safe to walk on during whaling, seal hunting, and ice fishing. Because of the language fluency of the Iñupiaq elders in the films, the materials are critical resources for Inupiaq language students. After the materials are digitized by Summit Day Media, the center will host identification sessions to identify individuals and detail activities depicted in the films. This information will be added to the center’s collection management database by a mayor’s Job Program employee trained by center staff. The center will provide copies of the digital files to local libraries and community members and will post film metadata on its website.