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Tennessee State University

Project Overview
The Tennessee State University Special Collections and Archives collects, preserves, makes available, and publicizes institutional records, personal manuscripts, photographs, rare books, and selected artifacts in support of the research, teaching, and outreach mission of TSU.  The goal of this project is to properly preserve valuable photographs and other visual formats documenting the history of the university.  The support for these efforts is both welcomed and timely, as the university will be celebrating its centennial in 2012.
Staff members at Tennessee State University worked hard to accomplish all of their project goals.  New staff members were recruited, hired and trained; 85% of the photographic collection were cleaned and rehoused; the cleaning and re-housing of the sports motion pictures were completed; descriptive data of the motion pictures was entered into a database; collections assessments have been conducted; and supplies have been ordered, which include a HEPA vacuum, flat files for oversized photographs and window coverings for storage rooms.
Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, was the chief consultant for this project.  In 2008, Ms. Lemmen conducted both a preservation needs assessment and a collections assessment of the photographic materials at Tennessee State University.  She also provided on-site training for special collections staff and student workers.
The Conservation Center recently conserved two photographs from the University: a 1949 class picture and an image of Coach Temple with the Tigerbelles, from 1956.
Special thanks to Ms. Sharon Smith, Head of Special Collections, Ms. Loretta Divens, Assistant, Special Collections, Dr. Yildiz B. Binkley, Dean of Libraries and Media Centers and student assistants.





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