Rehousing of the Public Relations Photograph Collection
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.
In 2008, the Hennepin Medical History Center receivedapproximately 1,700 prints and negatives from the Hennepin County Medical Center's public relations department. Since their transfer, the images have been housed in standard file folders, photo lab envelopes, and banker boxes that rest on the floor of a workroom.
With the grant, the History Center purchased 2mil polyethylene sleeves, unbuffered, reinforced full-tab folders, archival quality barrier board boxes, polypropylene 3-ring binder boxes, polyethylene negative preservers, and polypropylene slide preservers in order to properly house the images in accordance with collections care best practices.
The overall goal of the project is to organize and preserve the collection. This is defined by the museum as being a situation where each image is numbered, is catalogued and scanned into PastPerfect, is housed in an individual sleeve, is then housed in a folder with no more than two additional images, and the folder is then stored in a carton that is easily accessible. The funds will provide for proper storage and as information concerning these images becomes more readily available they will become a great resource for the museum, hospital, researchers, and public at large.