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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA 94102-4522)
Jill Sterrett (Project Director: December 2012 to present)

Furnishing Sustainable Photography Storage

The purchase of storage furniture for the museum's 16,000-item photography collection, which spans the history of the medium from 1839 to the present day. The majority of the collections, which include representations of European and American modernism, surrealism, the avant-garde, Western landscape, and Japanese photography, would be housed in a vault adjacent to a new photography study center. This center would be established in a new building designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. A cold storage vault would also be created to protect a growing collection of color photography.

SFMOMA requests a $350,000 NEH SCHC implementation grant to enhance the preservation and use of its distinguished photography collection, numbering 16,000 objects. The proposed project includes purchase and installation of storage furniture for two new vaults, the Cold Storage Vault and the Study Center Storage Vault, which will house the entire photography collection within the museum’s building and allow for collection growth from 2012-2027. These storage systems and vaults are integral to a larger museum building expansion project that complies with the City of San Francisco Green Building Ordinance, among the nation’s most rigorous codes for reduction of waste in the built environment. Successful completion of the project addresses key priorities in SFMOMA’s 2012-2018 strategic plan: advancing sustainable preservation practices for the photography collection, and increasing access to and fostering use of the photography collection by the public and scholars.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 6/30/2016