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PG-252899-17

Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc. (Kansas City, MO 64108-1644)
Geraldyn Sanders (Project Director: 05/03/2016 to present)

"History in Our Hands," The Black Archives of Mid-America 3-D Collection Items Preservation Project

A preservation assessment of 260 artifacts from the 1820s to the 1970s that help document the social, economic, political, and cultural history and contributions of African Americans, particularly in the American Midwest and Kansas City, Missouri.  Collections include historic farming equipment, military uniforms, medical equipment, textiles and quilts, furniture, and sculptures.  These objects are used by researchers ranging from K-12 to PhD students, from the general public to textbook publishers.

The mission of the Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc. is to collect, preserve and make available to the public materials documenting the social, economic, political and cultural contributions of African Americans to the central United States, with emphasis on Kansas City, Missouri. The Black Archives serves the community by offering itself as an educational resource and repository of culture, music, art, theater, education, the military, medicine, sports, and community affairs.  The goals of this project are to consult with an experienced conservator in conducting a preservation assessment and the creation of a preservation plan for three dimensional collection items such as historic farm tools, medical equipment, textiles such as quilts, military uniforms and designer gowns, furniture, and sculptures.  These items represent the socio-economic evolution of Africans Americans in the Midwest and are integral to understanding our shared history as Americans.

Project fields:
African American History; Cultural History; Public History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018