Prairie View A&M University is the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas, and contains over 130 years of African American history. Within the Special Collections Department of the John B. Coleman Library, there are currently close to 25,000 photographic materials. The goal of this grant project is to prevent further deterioration of these photographic materials. This will be accomplished through the improvement of storage facilities and environmental conditions, as well as, the training of staff on preservation techniques.
Prairie View A&M University has accomplished their established goals: Staff have been recruited, hired and trained in order to complete this project; re-housing supplies have been received; preservation training has been provided for Special Collections staff; panoramic photographs were chosen to receive conservation treatment; a preservation needs assessment has been completed; and they have surpassed their target of re-housing 5,000 items. Over 5,300 items have been re-housed.
Rachel Wetzel, Photograph Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, was the chief consultant for the Prairie View A&M University project. In 2007, Ms. Wetzel conducted a consultation visit and composed the accompanying survey for the preservation of the photographic collections at Prairie View. She also provided on-site training for staff and volunteers.