Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

5/1/2019 - 4/30/2024

Funding Totals

$350,000.00 (approved)
$350,000.00 (awarded)

Preserving and Improving Access to the Boyer Collection

FAIN: PW-264033-19

George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-2219)
Heather Shannon (Project Director: July 2018 to March 2022)
Jamie Allen (Project Director: March 2022 to present)

The cataloging and digitization of the Alden Scott Boyer collection of nineteenth century photography. This collection is a formative part of the George Eastman Museum’s photography collection, containing more than 10,000 individual photographic objects and 3,000 books, periodicals, and manuals related to photography.

George Eastman Museum will catalog, digitize and provide broad access to the Boyer collection of photography, a formative part of the museum’s photography collection. Over 10,000 objects will be cataloged and at least 29,600 digital image files will be created. The Boyer Collection is one of the most significant public collections in the U.S. for the study of nineteenth-century life, history, and culture and one of the largest and most diverse gatherings of nineteenth century British photography outside of the U.K. It is also one of the most important museum collections of vernacular photography in the U.S. Scholars, researchers and the public will benefit from online and physical access to these important materials. It is anticipated that new connections will be drawn that will illuminate a variety of humanities research topics. The project will commence in May 1, 2019 and will be completed by April 30, 2022.

Associated Products

ONLINE IN FOCUS TALK—Selections from the Collection: Tourism and Photography (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: ONLINE IN FOCUS TALK—Selections from the Collection: Tourism and Photography
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Abstract: In this virtual presentation, Lilyan Jones, Boyer Cataloger in the Department of Photography, discusses her selections for a photography rotation in the Collections Gallery, which highlights how the history of photography has intersected with the evolution of tourism in the United States and abroad.
Year: 2021
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: YouTube video
Access Model: Open access
Format: Web

IN FOCUS TALK--The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Alden Scott Boyer (1887–1953) (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: IN FOCUS TALK--The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Alden Scott Boyer (1887–1953)
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Abstract: On March 11, 2023 Project Cataloger and Assistant Collection Manager Lilyan Jones presented an in-person, free, public talk about Alden Scott Boyer and the Boyer Collection. Instagram was used to promote this talk. The presentation was recorded and is available to the public at the Eastman Museum website and on our YouTube Channel. NEH acknowledgement is provided at the end of the video. Bi-monthly In Focus talks provide a behind the scenes discussion about topics of special interest.
Year: 2023
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: George Eastman Museum website recording of March 11, 2023 In Focus Talk--The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Alden Scott Boyer (1887–1953).
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: YouTube video, "The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Alden Scott Boyer (1887–1953)." Since its posting, this video has had over 200 views.
Format: Web