Museums Awarded Institute for Museums and Library Services Grant for Collections Care

The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums are excited to announce that they have been awarded a $24,954 Institute for Museums and Library Sciences (IMLS) Museums for American grant to support care for collections. The Museums will improve the stewardship of their collections by devoting a full year to focused cataloging and rehousing activities. The project team will include a new part-time collections manager and interns who will rehouse the collections in closed cabinets and boxes to protect objects from UV damage and dust; transfer information in the existing paper catalog files to a new collections management database; and enhance catalog records with updated locations, photographs of objects, keywords, and descriptions. The project will address both access and environmental risks identified in a previous conservation assessment survey by reducing the direct handling of objects and providing an accessible and searchable database for use by staff, volunteers, and researchers.

Museum Director Diana Bolander stresses the importance of caring for the Museums’ collections, stating that “the Bevans Lead Mine and the collection are irreplaceable resources that tell the story of our region’s mining history.”  IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew said “As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other. IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”


About IMLS

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