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CCAHA receives National Endowment for the Humanities grants

We are thrilled to announce that we have received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

CCAHA was awarded $393,965 to support its preservation field services program in 2017 and 2018. Building upon past success in education and network-building, CCAHA will lead a set of ambitious new strategies to serve underserved regions of the country, adapting successful service models to assist collecting institutions along the Gulf Coast and in Appalachia. In addition, the grant will support national preservation planning at targeted sites throughout the country and national conferences on collections storage and preserving modern and contemporary material. CCAHA’s Preservation Services Department serves museums, libraries, historic sites, and archives.

CCAHA Photograph Conservator Rachel Wetzel has received $48,967 from NEH to continue her research into early American daguerreotypes. Her funding will allow her to create a database of the 19th-century daguerreotypes of Robert Cornelius, a pivotal figure in early portrait photography. The grant includes funds for travel to institutions that hold the photographs and periodic meetings with project collaborators.

The National Endowment for the Humanities was founded in 1965 as an independent federal agency. It funds education, research, and public programs in the humanities. The grants are awarded in many categories, including Challenge Grants, Preservation Education and Training grants, and Digital Projects for the Public grants. 

Click here to view or download this announcement as a press release.