The Maine Maritime Museum was recently awarded a “Museums for America” grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant, totaling $160,519, will fund the “Principal Collections Storage Inventory, Documentation, and Assessment Project.”
The 27-month project will include a comprehensive inventory, cataloging, and digitization of the museum’s principal collection storage space, which holds more than 9,000 objects. The project will allow the museum to significantly expand its online catalog, providing public access to the collections.
“We are thrilled to receive an IMLS grant. This large-scale project supports the museum’s care for its collection at the highest level, and will provide the opportunity for all to access information about the museum’s 20,000-plus artifacts online,” said Christopher Timm, Chief Curator.
Museums for America supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to benefit the public by providing high-quality, inclusive learning experiences, serving as community anchors and essential partners in addressing community needs, and by preserving and providing access to the collections entrusted to its care. 126 projects were funded through this year’s Museums for America program.
“As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services, and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities.”
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS advances, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. IMLS’ vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.