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University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY 40506-0004)
George M. Crothers (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Consultation with Textile Conservation Specialist to Develop Plans for Rehousing Museum Collections

A conservation assessment of a collection of 650 textiles mainly from Southeast Asia and the Americas. Highlights include dance masks, hats, and cloth puppets from Indonesia and rare samples of prehistoric woven slippers, matting, pieces of cordage, and other textile fragments, obtained from rock shelters in Kentucky. The collection also features beaded moccasins produced by Indians of the Great Plains; clothing and baskets made by natives of Alaska; and dolls and mats from Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. The museum's textile collection is made available for study, loans, and exhibitions.

With the assistance of a NEH Preservation Assistance Grant, the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, proposes to contract conservation specialist Nancy Love of Philadelphia Textile and Object Conservation to conduct a general preservation assessment of the museum's textile and natural fiber-based collections. This assessment will allow the development of detailed plans for improving storage and rehousing the collection in a newly designed museum facility. In addition, of the approximately 650 textiles and natural fiber-based objects in the collection, conservation treatment needs of selected items with pest damage, deterioration, or other preservation problems will be assessed. The museum's collection contains a range of items including ca. 3000-year-old prehistoric textiles from archaeological sites in Kentucky and nineteenth and twentieth century ethnographical items (clothing, fabric, dolls, puppets, and basketry) from various parts of the world.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$4,405 (approved)
$4,263 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015