WCS Archives Awarded Grant to Protect Historical Photography

We are so pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials to rehouse photographic negatives dating back to the founding of the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium.

The $16,674 grant will enable us to rehouse glass plate and film negatives that would otherwise be susceptible to damage and deterioration. The images, dating from the Bronx Zoo’s founding in 1899 through approximately 1930, will be cleaned and properly rehoused for long-term preservation. Although the entire collection requires rehousing, this project focuses on the first 12,000 negatives in the collection of more than 70,000.

Three-toed sloth at the Bronx Zoo around 1907. WCS Photo Collection

Three-toed sloth at the Bronx Zoo around 1907. WCS Photo Collection

For more on the grant and additional images from the collection, please see the WCS Newsroom, and we look forward to sharing news about the project as it progresses!

6 thoughts on “WCS Archives Awarded Grant to Protect Historical Photography

  1. Luis Sibira

    Congratulations Madeleine Madeleine and the whole team of WCS!
    A big hug and continue the achievements and successes.
    Greetings from the Museum of Biology at the University of Zulia (Venezuela).

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  2. Belen

    I heard the NPR story this morning. I remember discussing this when we had our first meeting for the 120th anniversary campaign. Congratulations!

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