Archives and Special Collections awarded grant

Contact: Mary K McRobinson

Willamette is one of 13 institutions to receive a 2018 NHPRC grant.

The 18-month, $99,563 Access to Historical Records grant will support the processing and public opening of 16 collections (420 linear feet) from the Pacific Northwest Artists Archives (PNAA), as well as the digitization of 200+ items from the collections to further facilitate and promote access to these materials. 

Willamette’s PNAA is a collaborative project between the University Archives and Willamette’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art, and comprises 44 collections of Pacific Northwest artists’ letters, exhibition catalogues, news clippings, and other materials related to their careers in the region. These collections are integral to the study of art and art history in the region, and reflect these artists’ responses to political protest, environmental movements, migration and displacement, national tragedy, and shifting social norms. “Through these collections researchers are offered a glimpse of the artist as a multidimensional person,” says University Archivist Mary McRobinson. “The PNAA sheds light upon the artist’s relationship with other artists and artistic movements, and contextualizes the setting in which the works were created.”

Please contact Mary McRobinson, university archivist, with any questions.

About the NHPRC: Established by Congress in 1937, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is a statutory body chaired by the archivist of the United States and is affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The NHPRC supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.

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