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Logan Museum of Anthropology awarded $6,000 grant

Friday, December 7, 2012

National Endowment for the Humanities grant will preserve photography collection

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The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Beloit College’s Logan Museum of Anthropology a $6,000 preservation assistance grant to preserve the museum’s photography collection.

The grant will be used to conduct a preservation assessment of the collection and to provide a workshop on the care of photographs for museum staff and museum studies students.

"The Logan's photograph collection is a hidden gem, with significant photos that document the museum's history, campus Indian mounds and early archaeological excavations,” said Nicolette Meister, the Logan’s curator of collections who serves as the project director. “Bringing a professional photo conservator to campus will help us preserve these images so we can make them more accessible to the public and help our students learn proper preservation techniques."

The preservation assessment will be conducted by Gary Albright, a paper and photograph conservator from New York who has treated an array of objects including the Emancipation Proclamation. He is scheduled to spend two days at the Logan Museum in September of 2013 examining and gathering information for a long-range preservation and management plan, which will include recommendations on future rehousing, storage and treatment efforts. Albright will also conduct an on-site workshop on the care of photographic collections.

The Logan Museum’s photographic collection consists of over 15,000 images dating back to the 1890s. The collection includes approximately 2,526 black and white and color photographs, 10,953 color slides, 777 cellulose nitrate and acetate negatives, and 856 glass lantern slides and plates.

More about the Logan Museum of Anthropology:

The Logan Museum of Anthropology is a teaching museum that engages the Beloit College community in learning about the world’s cultures, anthropology and museology. The museum was founded in 1893 with Frank G. Logan’s gift to the college of approximately 3,000 Native American artifacts that arrived immediately following their display in the anthropology exhibit at the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Logan now serves as the largest anthropology museum of any undergraduate institution in North America, with a permanent collection of nearly 300,000 archaeological and ethnographic objects.

More about the The National Endowment for the Humanities:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities by funding top-rated competitive, peer-reviewed proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviews. At an annual cost of about 50 cents per capita, NEH brings high-quality historical and cultural experiences to large and diverse audiences in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories. For more information, click here. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this release, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.