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PG-52334-14

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Patricia Walker (Project Director: May 2013 to April 2016)
Rehousing Acetate Film Collection of Native American Art from the Colorado Plateau

The rehousing of approximately 3,500 acetate negatives contained in a photographic archive documenting research on the Colorado Plateau region. The collection covers the ethnographic work of the museum's founders, Harold S. and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, who studied Hopi culture and society. The photoarchives contain images of the 84-year history of the Heritage Program Festival, which captures the artistic work of various Native American tribes. The photos are used by tribal members for understanding the techniques and design elements used to create pottery, basketry, and paintings, as well as for deriving inspiration for current artistic creations. The rehousing of the negatives in archival sleeves will help prepare at-risk images for future digitization.

The goal of this project is to address the urgent top priority preservation needs of the Museum of Northern Arizona's (MNA) endangered photoarchives as identified by a Photographic Materials Conservator during an August 2012 IMLS-funded conservation survey. Serving as an important resource for scholars, staff, tribes, and the public, the photoarchives are unique, irreplaceable, primary documents that record 84 years of research and collaboration between staff, researchers, and tribes in northern Arizona. Activity 1: rehouse six drawers of acetate negatives that are at risk of deterioration due to vinegar syndrome. Application of appropriate rehousing materials will stabilize the acetates until they are digitized and frozen. Activity 2: locate and rehouse prints associated with the negatives. Activity 3: transcribe information physically located with the acetates and their associated prints. This information, along with essential metadata, will be entered into the archives database.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015


PG-51650-12

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Kara Kelly (Project Director: May 2011 to October 2013)
Purchase of Storage Furniture to Preserve Museum Collections

The purchase of filing cabinets to rehouse archival records related to archaeology, ethnology, and fine art collections documenting native cultures of the Southwest over a period of 10,000 years. They include journals, letters, notebooks, sketchbooks, legal documents, cartographic records, photographic images in diverse formats, and audiovisual materials.

The purpose of this project is to rehouse the museum’s registration/object files by purchasing fire proof and impact resistant filing cabinets. The registration/object files contain photos and paper documentation such as donor correspondence, conservation reports, oral histories with donors or artists, newspaper articles, prize ribbons, artist profiles, board meeting minutes, staff memos and legal documentation of the museum’s collections, which include fine arts, ethnology, archaeology, botany, paleontology, entomology, and zoology. This documentation of an object’s history is communicated to the public through exhibits, publications, tours and can be utilized by researchers, often resulting in published articles. This is particularly significant with natural history and archaeology collections, where the registration/object files contains permits, field correspondence, and other documentation that is cited in published reports appearing in scholarly journals.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,440 (approved)
$5,440 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013


PF-50204-11

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Elaine R. Hughes (Project Director: December 2010 to November 2014)
Purchase Compactor Shelving and Acid-Free Supplies for Preserving Archival Collections

An implementation project involving the purchase of storage furniture and supplies to consolidate and rehouse 3,566 linear feet of anthropological archives currently held in several locations on the museum's campus.

The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) requests a total of $164,858 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a three year project to address the preventative preservation needs of archives at MNA. The goal of this project is to improve archive storage conditions while also upgrading intellectual control and increasing ease of access to these important records. Most of MNA's archival records are in dispersed storage locations and are poorly housed in acidic or unstable containers. To achieve the project goal MNA's objectives are to relocate 3566 linear feet of archives from dispersed buildings for assessment, rehousing and consolidation in the Easton Collection Center (ECC) which is LEEDs certified at the Platinum level. With NEH support MNA will purchase rehousing supplies and compactor shelving for installation on rails already in place in the ECC.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$139,858 (approved)
$139,858 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2011 – 8/31/2014


PG-51047-10

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Carmen Li (Project Director: May 2009 to April 2012)
The Museum of Northern Arizona: Preservation Assistance for Three Significant Collections

Funding supports the purchase of museum storage furniture and rehousing supplies to rehouse three major collections: 829 Katsina dolls, 4,375 prehistoric ceramic vessels, and 200 linear feet of archives and 3,000 glass plate negatives and lantern slides that document the museum's collections. For each collection, the Museum will also purchase three high efficiency particulate (HEPA) filter vacuums for housekeeping.

This project seeks to complete the upgrade of storage conditions for the three the collections in the most critical and immediate need as well as purchase housekeeping equipment to assist with the implementation of a housekeeping policy to maintain the new Easton Collection Center. Upon accomplishing these objectives, this project will remedy imminent risk of deterioration to MNA's Katsina doll collection, Prehistoric ceramics collection and Archival Manuscript Collection, as well as provide housekeeping equipment that will benefit all priority one and two collections items stored within the new facilities. Support from NEH for these initiatives will allow MNA to provide the standard of care necessary for the preservation of these collections, the scope of which is unmatched on the Colorado Plateau. The project will run from January 2010 through to June 2011.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011


GE-50033-08

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Kelley A. Hays-Gilpin (Project Director: September 2007 to July 2009)
Siitala: Life in Balance, World in Bloom

Planning for a traveling exhibition on Hopi culture as explicated through Hopi eyes.

The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) and the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office (HCPO) are planning an exhibit about the Hopi world, entitled S?itala: Life in Balance, World in Bloom. The Hopi term s?itala (see-tah-lah) describes the ?land brightened with flowers,? a concept that metaphorically expresses the reciprocity between humans and the natural world that is necessary for all elements of life to thrive. S?itala will explain Hopi ideas about art, environment, and human aesthetic activity based on the authority of nearly 40 Hopi cultural specialists and artists who have contributed to thematic development and exhibit content. MNA is requesting $40,000 of a total project cost of $75,174 (direct costs) to convene an advisory team of Hopi cultural specialists, museum professionals, archaeologists, and anthropologists to produce draft text, begin exhibit design, and complete other tasks outlined in the narrative

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2008 – 4/30/2009


PZ-50119-07

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Elaine R. Hughes (Project Director: October 2006 to August 2013)
Relocating and Rehousing the Museum's Ethnographic Collection

The purchase of storage furniture and the relocation of the museum's 6,882-item regional ethnographic collection to a new repository.

The goal of this project is to improve the environmental conditions under which anthropology collections of the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) are housed through the purchase of museum quality cabinetry and compactor carriages, hiring of a Move Coordinator, and ongoing consultation with MNA?s consultant conservator. As a part of this goal MNA will construct a new collection center to house 1st and 2nd priority collections in 2007/08. This goal is identified as the top priority preservation need in the MNA?s 2005 Preservation Plan and in the Collections section of the MNA 2006-2011 Institutional Plan. In addition, conservation and museum consultants (IMLS, MAPII, CMAP) have identified building and storage improvements as top priorities.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Stabilization Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals (outright + matching):
$575,000 (approved)
$575,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2007 – 4/30/2012


PA-50431-04

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Elaine R. Hughes (Project Director: May 2003 to May 2005)
Rehousing of Southwest Silver Collection

The purchase of museum storage furniture to rehouse the museum's collection of Southwestern Native American jewelry and silver, comprising 2,234 pieces, created by Hopi, Navajo, Zuñi, and Eastern Pueblo peoples from the late 1880s to the present.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,985 (approved)
$4,985 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2004 – 6/30/2005


PA-24324-02

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Elaine R. Hughes (Project Director: April 2002 to September 2003)
Development of Conservation Plans for the Museum

Consultation with a conservator to help prepare a long range conservation plan for 4.5 million artifacts and specimens in collections that focus on the natural and human history and culture of the Colorado Plateau.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,882 (approved)
$4,882 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2002 – 8/31/2003


GM-23751-88

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Elaine R. Hughes (Project Director: December 1987 to November 1989)
Documentation of the Navajo Textile Collection

To support the documentation of the museum's collection of Navajo textiles.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$25,228 (approved)
$25,228 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1988 – 6/30/1989


CA-20957-85

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Diane C. Miller (Project Director: May 1984 to May 1988)
Challenge Grant

To support an endowment to support basic research in the cultural anthropology and archaeology of the Colorado plateau; curation of anthropological collections, native American arts collections, and archives.

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Challenge Grants for Museums

Division:
Challenge Grants

Totals (matching):
$415,000 (approved)
$415,000 (offered)
$415,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/1983 – 7/31/1988


GM-*0690-81

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Robert Breunig (Project Director: July 1980 to October 1990)
People of the Colorado Plateau-3 ten-minute films

To support production of two short films to accompany a new, permanent exhibit on Native American peoples of the Colorado Plateau and for use by other museums and educational institutions serving general audiences.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$148,857 (approved)
$126,639 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1981 – 2/28/1982


GM-*0210-80

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Robert Breunig (Project Director: August 1979 to October 1990)
Walpi Project Exhibit

To support an exhibit of artifacts excavated in 1975-76 at Walpi pueblo, a HopiIndian village and documenting 300 years of Hopi cultural change.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$26,911 (approved)
$26,911 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1980 – 12/31/1981


RS-*0389-80

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Robert N. Bowen (Project Director: October 1979 to October 1990)
Walpi Archaeological Project: Synthesis and Interpretation

To support a history of the Hopi village of Walpi, a continuosly occupied community founded in 1960, and a study of the cultural changes brought about by contact with the different cultures living in the area.

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
State and Local and Regional Studies

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$31,447 (approved)
$31,447 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/1980 – 2/28/1981


GM-*1545-78

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Robert N. Bowen (Project Director: May 1978 to October 1990)
Permanent Anthropology Exhibits

No project description available

Project fields:

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$223,907 (approved)
$223,907 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1979 – 9/30/1980


GM-11775-78

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Herman K. Bleibtreu (Project Director: January 1979 to present)
Permanent Anthropology Exhibits

To install new anthropology exhibits which are designed to give an overview of the "Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau" - specifically, the prehistoric Anasazi traditions and the Hopi and Navajo peoples. Exhibit will also deal with the Hopi and Navajo "world view" and contemporary culture change. Exhibit design will permit scholarly-oriented visitors to study given topics in greater detail through use of drawers containing additional materials and artifacts which are located beneath the display cases.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$271,820 (approved)
$271,820 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1979 – 12/31/1979


GM-11043-77

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Herman K. Bleibtreu (Project Director: September 1977 to present)
New Anthropology Exhibits at the Museum of Northern Arizona

To revise and update the twenty-year old archaeology and ethnology exhibits in the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$18,044 (approved)
$18,044 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1977 – 2/28/1978


GM-10523-75

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Hermann K. Bleibreu (Project Director: June 1975 to present)
Arizona, 1776-1976

Final preparation of the traveling exhibit ARIZONA 1776-1976 which depicts three Spanish parties moving across Arizona in 1776. These travels were guided by native peoples and their efforts laid foundation: for American Indian, Angelo and Hispanic cultures in Arizona. The exhibit will travel to all parts of the state.

Project fields:
U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$52,902 (approved)
$52,902 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1975 – 12/31/1976


GM-10343-74

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Edward B. Danson (Project Director: April 1974 to present)
Arizona 1776 to 1976

To plan and prepare a cooperative Bicentennial exhibit of Spanish artifacts, documents, prints and photographs, and text panels to illustrate the exploration and subsequent colonization by Europeans of the southwestern part of the U.S. the display will show how these efforts laid the foundations for Spanish culture in Arizona, a tradition which continues to the day.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$4,882 (approved)
$4,882 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/1974 – 5/31/1975


GM-10071-70

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Edward B. Danson (Project Director: August 1969 to present)
Museum Internship

Internship program to strengthen the personnel of small museums by sending them to larger museums for one year for training. ABSTRACT: This internship is one of several which were supported during fiscal year 1970. The general purpose of the intership program is to strengthen the personnel of smal museums. Certain larger museum agree to take an intern for training purposes for a period of approximately one year. Grant funds to the larger museum include costs for the intern's salary and transportation, and a small amount for administrative costs. It is understood that, if appropriate arrangements can be made, the intern is to return to his home museum, after completion of his training.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$8,010 (approved)
$8,010 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/1969 – 7/31/1970


GM-10043-68

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Edward B. Danson (Project Director: July 1968 to present)
Museum of Northern Arizona

No project description available

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$9,139 (approved)
$9,139 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1968 – 7/31/1969


GM-10023-67

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Barton Wright (Project Director: July 1967 to present)
Intern Program for Humanities Museums

No project description available

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$7,530 (approved)
$7,530 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1967 – 7/31/1968