Photograph Preservation Project 

The HBCU Library Alliance is working with the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, LYRASIS, and  the University of Delaware on an initiative to improve the preservation of significant photographic collections held within Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). “These collections document the visual and institutional history and legacy of HBCUs and form a core of primary research material for the study of African American history,” said Kate Nevins, Executive Director, LYRASIS.

  • LYRASIS and Partners Receive Third HBCU Photo Preservation Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

  • HBCU Photographic Preservation Project - December 2011

  • LYRASIS Receives Grant to Continue Photographic Preservation Efforts at HBCUs

  • SOLINET Receives Grant to Improve the Preservation of Photographic Collections at HBCU’s.

Map of participating HBCU's


  The Atlanta University Center 
   Robert W. Woodruff Library (GA)
Bethune-Cookman University (FL)
Bowie State University (MD)
Fayetteville University (NC)
Fisk University (TN)
H. Councill Trenholm State
   Technical College (AL)
Hampton University (VA)

Jackson State University (MS)
Johnson C. Smith University (NC)
Kentucky State
Lincoln University (MO)
Oakwood University (AL)
Prairie View A & M (TX)
Tennessee State University
Tuskegee University (AL)
Virginia State University

Photograph Preservation Resources

Coatings and Materials for Storage and Exhibition

Cold Storage References

Collections Handling Essentials

Guidelines for Exhibition Light Levels

Housing Materials for Photographs

Light Levels for Storage and Exhibition

Matting and Framing Specifications for objects on paper

Source of Suppliers

The Ideal Process for Collections Preservation

Treatment Priority Categories

Web Resources for Photograph Preservation



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