Wooden bookcase with glass doors open to very old and large books of the Kings Chapel library.

Protect Our Collections

About the Award

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Boston Athenaeum’s Conservation Laboratory a five-year Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant of $182,500.

How You Can Help

Meet the challenge and help preserve the Athenaeum’s collections for generations. Your gift and a match from the National Endowment for the Humanities will provide the Conservation Laboratory with the tools and team it needs to stay on the cutting edge of collections care. For every $3 our community donates, the National Endowment for the Humanities will chip in $1.

Grant-Funded Conservation Treatments

Combined gifts from donors and the grant match supported the acquisition of essential, state-of-the-art tools and materials, and allowed the Athenaeum to hire a full-time conservator with expertise in photography. So far, seventy-six items have been treated, including unique, fragile daguerreotypes.

National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge

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