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Arizona Board of Regents (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Alexis Peregoy (Project Director: December 2017 to September 2022)
Dana Hemmenway (Project Director: September 2022 to present)
Planning for the Sustainable Preservation of At-Risk Film in the Center for Creative Photography Archives

A planning grant to explore and identify sustainable cold storage solutions for the at-risk film-based materials at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP). The collection includes more than 6 million photographs and related materials.  Items to be housed in the planned cold storage vault include cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate negatives, transparencies, slides, and reel-to-reel film dating to the late 19th century.

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) seeks a planning grant from the NEH SCHC program to explore sustainable cold storage solutions for CCP’s at-risk film-based materials in the archives. The film-based materials in need of sustainable preservation include cellulose nitrate and acetate negatives, transparencies, slides, and reels dating back to the 19th century. An interdisciplinary team will work together to assess the CCP building and its facilities, determine current preservation challenges and potential solutions, and identify sustainable locations for cold storage. Deliverables will include preliminary designs and cost estimates for the implementation phase of the project. This project will ensure long-term access for scholarly study for generations to come. The loss of these valuable materials through deterioration would be negligent by professional standards and detrimental to the photographic community and researchers – ultimately rendering the collection incomplete.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Preservation and Access

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2022