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German American National Congress Chapter Chicago (Chicago, IL 60625-2013)
Marlen Lux (Project Director: May 2017 to December 2017)
Monica Felix (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

General Preservation Assessment of Newly-Acquired Newspaper Collection

A preservation assessment for a collection related to Eintracht (“Harmony”), a family-run German-language newspaper published in Chicago from 1922 to 2017.  Materials include editions of the newspaper from the 1960s to 2017; photographs of Chicago-area German clubs, churches, and language schools; celebrations such as carnival, Easter, Mayfest, Oktoberfest, and Christmas; booklets and pamphlets published by over 100 local German clubs; and obituaries with mounted photographs.  The grant would include support for an internship for two advanced students or recent graduates to gain experience in museum registration, artifact housing, collections management, and working with small community collections.

The purpose of this project is to conduct a general preservation assessment for a recently acquired newspaper collection donated by the editors of the Eintracht, a family-run, German-language newspaper that was published in Chicago for the last 95 years. The collection consists of four major categories: past editions of the newspaper itself, a large number of photographs, booklets and pamphlets published by local German clubs, and obituaries. Given this unique combination of mutually complementary media, the Eintracht collection is an invaluable resource for documenting the development of the German-American community in the Chicagoland area after the Second World War. The collection is currently housed in a temporary space in non-archival boxes. On the basis of his preservation assessment, our consultant Mr. Leith will provide a report with detailed recommendations which will enable us to transfer the collection to an adequate storage space.

Project fields:

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$7,000 (approved)
$7,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019