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Logan Museum receives grant to preserve photographic collection

December 5, 2016
By Whitney Helm
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Beloit, Wis. -  The Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College was awarded a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to rehouse images from its photograph collection in cold storage.

The grant worth $9,958, stemmed from a 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to conduct a conservation assessment of the photograph collection. The museum curates more than 29,000 color slides, lantern slides, photographs, and nitrate and acetate negatives that date from the late 1890s. Through the funding, the museum will purchase a new freezer and move color prints and slides to vapor-proof packaging. In addition, the museum will consult with a paper and photograph conservator, who will track the project and work with museum studies students.

"We're excited to kick off the project in January. IMLS support will make it possible for us to preserve a rich photo archive and to train our students in new preservation techniques," said Nicolette Meister, acting director of the Logan Museum of Anthropology.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.