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PG-52334-14

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Patricia Walker (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

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

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

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015


PG-51650-12

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Kara Kelly (Project Director: May 2011 to present)

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

Total amounts:
$5,440 (approved)
$5,440 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013


PF-50204-11

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Elaine R. Hughes (Project Director: December 2010 to present)

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

Total amounts:
$139,858 (approved)
$139,858 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2011 – 8/31/2014


PG-51047-10

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Carmen Li (Project Director: May 2009 to present)

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

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

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011


PZ-50119-07

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Elaine R. Hughes (Project Director: October 2006 to present)

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

Total amounts:
$575,000 (approved)
$575,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2007 – 4/30/2012


PA-50431-04

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Elaine R. Hughes (Project Director: May 2003 to present)

Rehousing of Southwest Silver Collection

Purchase of museum storage furniture to rehouse 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

Total amounts:
$4,985 (approved)
$4,985 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2004 – 6/30/2005


PA-24324-02

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Elaine R. Hughes (Project Director: April 2002 to present)

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

Total amounts:
$4,882 (approved)
$4,882 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2002 – 8/31/2003