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Manitoga, Inc. (Garrison, NY 10524)
Vivian Linares (Project Director: May 2009 to present)

Storage of Manitoga's Collection of Photographic Materials: Staff Training, Supplies, and Equipment

A two-day onsite conservation training program for the organization's staff in the care of a unique photographic collection of 1,200 images created by noted artist-designer and photographer Russel Wright (1904-1976). The training will emphasize handling, rehousing, storage, and climate control. Supplies and equipment, recommended in a 2007 collection assessment, will also be purchased.

NEH funds will support two-day conservation sessions in archival practices for caring for Manitoga's photography collection with Senior Photo Conservator Monique Fischer of the Northeast Document Conservation Center. NEH funds will also support archival materials and equipment -- including a refrigerator for cold storage, shelving and climate monitoring sensors --to ensure proper storage of Manitoga's photo archive. Archival storage and training were identified as Manitoga's most urgent need in Ms. Fischer's 2007 Survey of Manitoga's Photographic Materials. Ms. Fisher will set up the equipment and demonstrate best practices for handling, rehousing and sorting black and white prints and negatives, as well as cold storage for color prints and slides. After installing sensors to monitor humidity and temperature, she will instruct staff in interpreting the data generated. The project goal is to stabilize Manitoga's Photography Collection and prepare for increasing use of the collection.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
2/1/2010 – 7/31/2011