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Historical Society of Long Beach (Long Beach, CA 90807-2802)
Julie Bartolotto (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Historical Society of Long Beach Photographic Materials Preservation Assessment

A preservation assessment for analog and digital photographic materials and purchase of rehousing supplies based on the consultant’s recommendations. The photographic collection documents many aspects of community history in Long Beach, including the importance of the U.S. Navy in the development of the city, the oil industry and development of Long Beach as a major West Coast port, and the economic and demographic changes witnessed in the city over the 20th century. Over 2,000 photographs document the growing Cambodian community in Long Beach from the 1970s up to the present; in addition, the historical society is host to the Cambodian Community History and Archive Project (CamCHAP). The historical society’s photographs have been used in its public exhibits on many aspects of social change in the community, including its development as a seaside resort in the early 20th century; its relationship to the presidency during and after Richard Nixon’s term in the White House;  the history of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community; and the history of “new immigrants” from Cambodia since the 1970s.

This project will help support the preservation of analog and born-digital photographic materials housed in the Historical Society of Long Beach via an assessment by a photographic materials conservator. Over 30,000 photographs in the archive document the history of the city of Long Beach, California over the last century and a half, covering diverse events such as the development of the Port of Long Beach to the local Cambodian diaspora from the 1970s to the present. Of all the materials in the HSLB archive, our photographs are the most often used materials in exhibitions, publications, and other research and educational activities; yet they have never undergone a professional assessment by a preservation consultant who specializes in photographic materials. This assessment would be used to prepare short-term and long-term recommendations for preservation, housing, and environmental conditions of our photographic materials. It will also support the purchase of preservation supplies.

Project fields:
Public History; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016