MIA Receives Grant to Establish an Institutional Archive

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Minneapolis Institute of Art Receives Prestigious Grant to Establish an Institutional Archive

Minneapolis, MN. December 14, 2009—The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) has been awarded a $136,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Commission (NARA), which will allow the museum to create an institutional archives and records management program. This three-year program will preserve and make accessible the museum’s historical documentary holdings, such as photographs, correspondence, architectural renderings, newspaper clippings, ephemera, memorabilia, and sound recordings. The grant money also provides for hiring a full-time, permanent project archivist.

The MIA was one of three art museums selected in its category, along with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Bennington Museum, Vermont.

The MIA archives preserve an enduring and unique legacy in the history of American art institutions, revealing how they developed in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

By the end of the project period in 2012, the MIA will have established a formal archives program, accessible via collection series level MARC-based reco