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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.