Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

7/1/2012 - 6/30/2014

Funding Totals (outright + matching)

$175,000.00 (approved)
$175,000.00 (awarded)

Access to the Artist Archives

FAIN: PW-51201-12

Amon Carter Museum of Western Art (Fort Worth, TX 76113-2365)
Jana Hill (Project Director: July 2011 to September 2014)

The cataloging and digitization of 15,500 photographs from the archives of eight 20th-century American photographers, with enhanced catalog records for an additional 6,700 images already digitized and online access.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art respectfully requests grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Access to the Artist Archives, a two year project to digitize, catalog, and publish online the rare archival collections of eight prominent American photographers of the twentieth century Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988), Nell Dorr (1893-1988), Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), Eliot Porter (1901-1990),Helen Post (1907-1979), Clara Sipprell (1885-1975), Erwin E. Smith (1886-1947), and Karl Struss (1886-1981). These collections are comprised of 22,000 photographic prints and 200,000 negatives, manuscripts, other ephemera, books, and related collections. Together, the work of these eight artists represent an incredible diversity of American life in the twentieth century.

Media Coverage

ACMAA press release (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Tracy Greene, ACMAA public information officer
Publication: ACMAA website and press contacts
Date: 5/14/2012
Abstract: ACMAA press release explaining the Access to the Artist Archives grant
URL: coverage (Media Coverage)
Date: 5/15/2012
Abstract: Press release distributed via art news blog
URL: http:// coverage (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Bill Davenport
Date: 5/16/2012
Abstract: Coverage in Texas visual art blog

Dallas Art News coverage (Media Coverage)
Date: 5/14/2012
Abstract: Art news website distribution of ACMAA press release

GalleristNY coverage (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Andrew Russeth
Date: 5/15/2012
Abstract: Coverage in national contemporary art blog

FW Business Press coverage (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Betty Dillard
Publication: Fort Worth Business Press
Date: 5/18/2012
Abstract: Fort Worth Business Press summary of grant

Facebook post (Media Coverage)
Publication: ACMAA Facebook page
Date: 6/3/2013
Abstract: ACMAA Facebook post about the online availability of the entire Clara Sipprell photo archive

Building a Collection Online (Media Coverage)
Publication: Program (ACMAA members magazine)
Date: 7/15/2013
Abstract: Article highlighting Access to Artists Archives project and initiatives to provide online access to collections. (Print media mailed to NEH program officer via USPS)

Learn Something New at the Amon Carter (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Date: 9/1/2013
Abstract: Image & metadata (caption) from Helen Post archive used in ACMAA educational programs flyer (hard copy to be submitted to NEH).

ACMAA Instagram post (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Publication: ACMAA Instagram page
Date: 9/25/2013
Abstract: Behind-the-scenes photo of NEH project photographer digitizing negatives from the Artists Archives