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PG-266731-19

Columbus Lowndes Public Library (Columbus, MS 39701-4680)
Mona Vance-Ali (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Focusing the Camera's Lens: Assessing and Preserving Lowndes County, Mississippi's Photographic History

A preservation assessment of the library’s collection of more than 1,000 photographs, along with the purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse them. In addition, one staff member would participate in a series of professional development webinars. Collection highlights include nineteenth-century photographs documenting county history, photographs of World War I soldiers, and a rare photo of a World War II African American regiment. These materials are used by researchers from all over the world and have been featured in publications and exhibits, including permanent exhibits at the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

The Local History Department (LHD) at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System (CLPL) in Mississippi will utilize the Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions to complete three activities. First, the hiring of professional photograph conservators to examine the photograph collections housed in the LHD. The conservators will evaluate their physical and environmental conditions and write an assessment giving recommendations for their preservation. Secondly, the LHD will purchase supplies such as archival envelopes, paper, and boxes as suggested by the conservators. Finally, the LHD will pursue continuing education training for the archivist through online webinars available from the Northeast Document Conservation Center. These activities will result in the LHD's ability to be better stewards of the community's history, the stabilization of and greater access to a wider number of photographs housed at the LHD, and staff training that will be put toward future donations.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 4/30/2021