4Culture is excited to announce the nineteen projects recently funded through the 2012 Heritage Collections Care program, providing $52,500 for collections care projects countywide. Noteworthy projects funded by this year’s program include preservation of backstage & family photos of Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Center, and the cataloging and rehousing of back issues of the North American Post, a local bilingual Japanese American newspaper.
First time applicant EMP Museum received funding for the digitization of two largely unpublished collections of photographs, taken by Seattle photographers Ulvis Alberts and Peter Riches, which include images of Jimi Hendrix backstage before his concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum in 1968 and photographs taken at his funeral in Seattle in 1970. The project will catalogue and digitize the original negatives, and then add these images to the Jimi Hendrix exhibition series to be featured at future shows.
The Hokubei Hochi Foundation, with guidance from the UW Digital Initiatives Program & Suzallo Library Microfilm Department, is expanding on an exciting project to catalogue, digitize and then rehouse past issues of the North American Post newspapers. The newspapers cover the local Japanese community from 1902 until the Japanese American internment through the pre-WWII paper The North American Times (Hokubei jiji), and its post-WWII successor The North American Post (Hokubei hochi), beginning in 1946. Once catalogued and digitized, the original newspapers will be rehoused at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. To learn more about this project, visit www.hokubeihochi.org.
The Heritage Collections Care program was inaugurated in 2008 to address critical needs for preservation of local heritage collections. To view a full list of 2012 funding awards visit the Heritage Collections Care program page.