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PC-50016-06

Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA 70125-1056)
Robert Skinner (Project Director: 11/23/2005 to present)

Recovery and Preservation of Archives HURRICANE KATRINA EMERGENCY GRANT

The Xavier University of Louisiana Library holds historic collections documenting African American life and literature. Highlights of the collections include a collection of poetry by African Americans published in New Orleans in the 1840s; the photographic archives of Arthur Bedou, a pioneering black photographer who traveled with Booker T. Washington as an official photographer; and the New Orleans Crusader, an African American newspaper famous for bringing the Plessey vs. Ferguson case to the Supreme Court. Because these collections were stored on a higher floor of the library building, they escaped flood damage but are now threatened by mold. The library staff contacted conservation and disaster specialists, who have begun clean-up and repair. A professional firm has begun to freeze-dry and sterilize the collections in order to prevent the further spread of mold spores.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Grants to Preserve & Create Access to Humanities Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$25,000 (approved)
$25,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2005 – 8/31/2006