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Museum of the City of New York, Inc. (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Lindsay Turley (Project Director: July 2013 to August 2017)
Illuminating New York City History: Processing, Cataloging, Digitizing, and Rehousing the Museum's Ephemera Collections

Assessment, processing, cataloging, digitization, and rehousing of the Museum of the City of New York's 7,200-item Ephemera Collections documenting a wide range of topics in the history of New York and the United States.

The Museum of the City of New York seeks a grant of $142,056 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a two-year project to improve stewardship of and increase public access to a major collection of printed and three-dimensional ephemera through archival assessment and processing, cataloging, digitization, and rehousing. This initiative will extend the useful life of these holdings for research, exhibition, and public programming. Containing over 7,200 objects of material culture, the Museum's Ephemera Collections include advertisements, handbills, pamphlets, menus, invitations, medals, pins, buttons, badges, three-dimensional souvenirs, and printed textiles, such as ribbons and sashes. These objects-the minor and transient documents and souvenirs of everyday life-provide visual and material insight into New Yorkers' engagement with the social, creative, civic, political, and physical dynamics of the city, from the Colonial era to the present day.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$125,000 (approved)
$125,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2017