Durham Museum Receives Large Federal Grant for Collections Stewardship

The Durham Museum has been selected to receive a $214,965 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This 3-year grant will be used to accelerate the museum’s efforts in enhancing our collections care and developing long-term strategies for the preservation of these collections that align with best practices within the museum field. This federal award was peer reviewed by collection professionals from across the country.

The “Collections Stewardship” grant was awarded in support of updating, inventorying, and cataloguing the museum’s collection to align with best practices set by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Overall, the museum’s collection consists of an estimated 40,000 historic artifacts; over 1 million photographic prints and negatives; over 8,000 rare coins, documents, and manuscripts; 700 linear feet of archival material; and a research archive. The aim of the proposed Collection Storage Accessibility Project is to create a comprehensive catalog and inventory of the objects in the museum’s historical object collection and upgrade their storage housings in accordance with accepted museum standards. This project will allow The Durham Museum to maintain both intellectual and physical control over the collection and ensure the collection’s preservation, longevity, and accessibility.

“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,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.