USHRAB Grants Help Museums Organize Collections

Janell Tuttle Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board

Image of archival room at Hyrum City Museum

Archival Room at Hyrum City Museum

The Hyrum City Museum completed a Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board grant project that allowed it to organize and properly house its collection in archival boxes. The Museum also purchased shelving and disaster mitigation supplies. Another outcome of the grant project was the standardization and creation of finding aids for the Museum’s collections. The collections are now in a secure storage area and the public can view collections in an archival reading room.

The mission of the Museum is to foster an understanding and appreciation for the historical, natural, cultural, and artistic influences that have defined Hyrum City. Now the Museum is better poised to collect, arrange, and preserve the records of their local community because of this grant.

The Fort Douglas Military Museum also completed a grant project. With their grant funding, they identified, categorized, and arranged several recently discovered, undocumented historical maps and structural drawings. An exciting outcome of this project is the story map they created showing the history of the Fort and its ever-changing boundaries and structures. The project allowed the Museum to create an initial inventory of the newly discovered maps and drawings, from which they could determine types of materials and anticipate volume.

This is the last post highlighting the grant projects we awarded in 2017/2018. To view blog post about other grant projects visit the post on making collections accessible.  We look forward to working with more cultural heritage institutions in the coming year.

The USHRAB is staffed by the State Archives and assists both public and private nonprofit organizations in the preservation of their historical records. Grants are available to regional and local repositories and other nonprofit cultural heritage organizations. The USHRAB’s re-grant program is funded through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. For more information on the USHRAB and its grant program, visit the Archives website or this previous blog post.