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Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Denver, CO 80205)
Stephen E. Nash (Project Director: July 2012 to present)
Rene Payne (Co Project Director: September 2013 to present)

Enhancing Access to the Humanities Image Archive: Processing, Re-housing, and Digitizing

The arrangement, re-housing, and completion of cataloging of 323,000 still images in multiple formats in the museum's Humanities Image Archive (HIA), containing a wide range of ethnographic and archaeological materials dating since 1871, and the digitization and mounting on the Internet of 5,000 high-demand images.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks support for a three-year project to garner intellectual and physical control of its Humanities Image Archive (HIA) prior to its installation in the state-of-the-art Education and Collections Facility addition in 2014-2015. The HIA contains 770,000 rare and irreplaceable images in 2,900 linear feet of improper storage. A total of 323,000 images (42% of the HIA) require processing prior to their installation in the ECF. These to-be-processed images include a wide variety of formats ranging from black and white and color negatives to color transparencies, prints, hand-painted lantern slides, glass plate negatives, photogravure and silver gelatin prints, stereo cards, and moving images. The HIA also includes 1,894 audio-visual tapes and more than 100 three-dimensional art pieces. This project will provide sustainable preservation environments for the HIA for generations, ensuring its continued accessibility to researchers and the public.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$280,000 (approved)
$280,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2017