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PG-266756-19Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsSanta Monica History MuseumBill Beebe Collection Cold Storage Project1/1/2020 - 6/30/2022$4,033.00Sara Crown   Santa Monica History MuseumSanta MonicaCA90401-1608USA2019U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access4033040330

The purchase of two freezers and preservation supplies to rehouse 40 linear feet of photographic negatives from the Bill Beebe Collection. The photographs were taken between the 1930s and 1990s for the Santa Monica Evening Outlook newspaper and provide a visual record of the city’s public history and daily life, covering subjects such as parades and celebrations, buildings and land developments, local officials, and political activities.  In its proposed project, the museum would be following the guidance of authorities in the preservation field, such as the Image Permanence Institute and the National Park Service.  Through the museum’s online photograph archive, it shares its historical photograph collection, having received over 3,300 views in 2018.

The Santa Monica History Museum (SMHM) respectfully requests a $4,033 National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant to enhance the preservation of one of the museum’s most significant photography collections—the Bill Beebe Collection, which consists of 87 linear feet of negatives. The proposed project includes the purchase and implementation of a cold storage program to house the sensitive portion of the Bill Beebe Collection within the museum’s building. Cold storage preservation is integral to halting the deterioration of the photographic negatives in this collection. The collection documents Santa Monica, one of Southern California’s most vibrant cities, from the 1930s to the 1990s. Successful completion of the proposed project addresses one of the priorities specified in a preservation assessment conducted by an outside consultant in 2017. The SMHM is dedicated to preserving Santa Monica’s rich history and making it available to members of the community.