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Smith River Rancheria (Smith River, CA 95567-9446)
Buffy McQuillen (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Smith River Rancheria Tribal Collections Preservation Project

A preservation assessment and purchase of preservation supplies for a collection of archival, ethnographic, archaeological, and audiovisual sources documenting the history and culture of the Tolowa-Dee-ni' tribe, located in California. Materials include ceremonial dance items, tools, basketry, correspondence, and recordings of tribal elders and provide information on prehistoric and modern Tolowa traditions. The collection also comprises field notes, recordings, and other documentation about the tribe gathered by ethnographers from academic institutions during the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. These materials are used for historical, archaeological, and ethnographic research and for assisting tribal elders and educators in sustaining use of the Tolowa language.

The Smith River Rancheria (Tribe) is seeking funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance grant to support an archival and museum conservation assessment for materials and objects housed within the Smith River Rancheria's tribal collections and purchase archival supplies for the tribal archive. These activities would assess the physical collections in their current storage space, the environmental condition of the space, and the proposed space for the Smith River Interpretive Center in Smith River, California. The end result of the two (2) assessments is to prepare short and long term plan with recommendations for preservation, storage space and the appropriate environmental conditions for the old and new facility. The archival assessment will be conducted by Edith Butler, a professional archivist and the conservation assessment will be conducted by Angela McGrew, a professional conservator.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$5,934 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2016