FY 2005 Grant Awards:
Save America's Treasures
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
Peabody Awards Collection, University of Georgia, Athens
The collection holds over 40,000 titles of news, documentary, entertainment, educational, children's, and public service radio and television programming, dating from the 1940s to the present. Many are the only surviving copies of the work. Funds will be used to migrate programs on deteriorating videotapes to a stable digital format.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Opened to the public in 1903, the museum represents Mrs. Gardner's highly personal collecting style, with objects and paintings spanning thirty centuries and many cultures. This grant will support replacement of the outdated electrical system and light fixtures that create broad-spectrum emissions that can damage artwork.
Archives of The Martha Graham Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and Mark Morris Dance Group, Dance Heritage Coalition, New York and Brooklyn
Legacies of three of the most influential 20th-century choreographers, these archives contain photographs, negatives, programs, reviews, costumes, and videotapes. The grant will support conservation treatments and appropriate storage for the materials and creation of preservation master copies of the videotapes.
Records of America's Dance Boom, The New York Public Library, New York
These recordings documenting the work of major artists ranging from the Joffrey Ballet to the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the American Ballet Theatre are on deteriorating videotape. Funds will be used to conserve over 2,600 original recordings and create preservation master copies in a more stable medium.
Television Collection, The Museum of Television & Radio, New York
The museum preserves America's television history, more than 50 percent of which has been lost or is in danger of being lost in the next decade. Funds will be used to conserve videotapes of over 1,750 hours of public affairs, arts, entertainment, and sports programming from 1948 through 1981 and to create preservation master copies in a more stable medium.
92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center Audio Archive, Young Men's & Young Women's Hebrew Association, New York
The archive is a rich record of writers reading from and discussing their work in every literary genre. Recorded at over 1,500 events between 1949 and 2003, it includes renowned fiction writers, United States Poets Laureate, playwrights, biographers, and scholars. This grant will support the creation of preservation master copies of the original analog recordings and appropriate archival storage for the originals.
Meserve-Kunhardt Collection, Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation, Chappaqua
Pioneering photography collector Frederick Meserve amassed this 200,000-item collection of paper prints, glass negatives, daguerreotypes, and ambrotypes chronicling 19th- and early-20th-century America. The collection is an essential tool for Lincoln scholarship and for studying American cities and social movements. Funds will be used to consolidate the collection in one secure location and to begin a comprehensive conservation program.
"Buffalo Bill" Billboard, Reg Lenna Civic Center, Jamestown
This 1878 billboard advertising William "Buffalo Bill Cody's touring show was revealed by the collapse of another building. It is among the earliest known graphic representations of Buffalo Bill. The grant will support conservation of this 260-square-foot artifact.
Louis I. Kahn Collection, The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Funds will be used to conserve and rehouse the sketchbooks, personal drawings, and construction drawings in this collection, which documents the artistic vision of this influential 20th-century architect.
Louise Nevelson's Atmosphere and Environment XII, Fairmount Park Art Association, Philadelphia
Created in 1970 by one of the most important 20th-century American artists, this monumental sculpture was a pioneering use of Cor-Ten (weathering steel), an industrial material that subsequently had a great impact on the field of public art. This grant will support a comprehensive conservation treatment to address severe corrosion damage.
Hogg Family Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The prominent Hogg family began collecting both the work of Southwestern Native Americans and the work of American artist Frederic Remington in the 1920s. The Native American works span many tribes, and the Remington pieces are some of the artist's strongest work. Grant funds will be used to conserve the wide variety of items in this collection.
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