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University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)
Jill Hartz (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Preservation of Fragile Historic Negatives and Corresponding Prints from the Gertrude Bass Warner Collection

The purchase of preservation supplies, including a freezer, to rehouse a photography collection including prints and nitrate negatives.  The photographs and negatives document the museum’s original collection of over 3,000 works of Asian art collected by Gertrude Bass Warner in China and Japan during the early 1900s.  The photographs and negatives of the art works are currently used to assist in assessing the conservation needs of the collection, as they represent the physical condition of each object upon acquisition.  By stabilizing the prints and negatives, the museum would also be able to digitize the images, allowing for greater access by scholars and researchers.

This project concerns the rehousing of the University of Oregon - Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s collection of at least 850 nitrate negatives, 500 negatives of other types, and 1,700 corresponding photographic prints into safer, archival, fire-proof storage. This rehousing will result in substantially increased longevity for the materials concerned and a safer working environment for the museum staff who currently share office space with them. The collection represents invaluable documentation of many objects in the museum’s founding collection, and in many cases, the negatives represent the earliest and/or only documentation of an object’s condition when it arrived at the museum. The objects represented in the collection were the original collection of Gertrude Bass Warner, JSMA’s founder and an important humanitarian figure, and their careful documentation and preservation will help to ensure their usefulness to historians for generations to come.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; East Asian Studies; South Asian Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$1,953 (approved)
$1,953 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016