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Kentucky State University

Project Overview
Kentucky State University contains a unique photographic collection consisting of thousands of images representing several generations of Kentucky African Americans. This grant will help to provide the adequate training and supplies necessary to increase the care and preservation of the University’s photographic collections. The goal of this project is to provide increased access and promote awareness of the preservation needs of the photographic collections at Kentucky State University.
 
Accomplishments
In order to accomplish their goals, the staff members at Kentucky State University recruited, hired and trained  student workers and rehired a former KSU staff member on a contract basis to assist in completing the project  In 2008 Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, provided on site training to staff members on how to properly clean collections with HEPA vacuums; dry surface cleaning and dusting of photographs; humidify and flatten rolled panoramic photographs; and construct proper archival housing for objects. A preservation needs assessment was conducted by Kim Andrews, former Preservation Services Officer at CCAHA. Minor treatment and rehousing of P.W.L. Jones prints, cleaning and rehousing 25 oversize photographic collages, as well as, the treatment by CCAHA on two Kentucky State University Class Photo Collages from 1939 and 1953 were part of the original grant. Presidential portraits were digitally photographed and replaced with facsimiles and digital images were made of the 25 oversize collages. An inventory of photographs in the Atwood Papers was done to determine the supply needs and the photographs were placed in protective polyester sleeves.
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    • Betsy Morelock holding a framed portrait from the William and Helen Exum Papers, dating from approximately 1932.  Helen Cousins Exum taught French at Kentucky State University and is shown in the center of the portrait with her parents, Henry and Callie Cousins. 

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    • One of 25 oversize collages which were cleaned and placed in protective housing.  Training to create the sink boxes for the oversize colleges was taught to three staff members and two students by Barbara Lemmen of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

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    • Rolled photographs from the Elizabeth & John W. Delaney, Jr. Papers, 1938-1953.  Many of these rolled photographs are of the National Negro Funeral Directors annual meetings.  All photographs were humidified, flattened and placed in protective housing by KSU staff.  Training on the humidifying process and creating folders for the panoramas was part of the three-day training taught by Barbara Lemmen of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts during October 2008.

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    • One of many notebooks containing unidentified Kentucky State University negatives.

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    • A box of historic Kentucky State University slides which need to be cleaned and rehoused.

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    • A small collage, Class of 1930

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    • Sheila Stuckey cleaning one of the oversize graduation collages during the three-day workshop taught by Barbara Lemmen of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, October 2008.

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    • Sharon McGee and Sheila Stuckey cleaning one of the oversize graduation collages during the three-day workshop taught by Barbara Lemmen of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, October 2008

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    • Oversize, panoramic photo, which had been tightly rolled, was humidified, flattened, and placed in archival housing.