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The Brazos Valley African American Museum has been selected to receive a FY2021 Museum Grant for African American History and Culture award for application MH-249902-OMS-21, from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. Over the two-year period the $50,000 grant will be used to develop a new catalog management system and complete an Artifact Cataloging Project. “The main objectives are to develop tools to improve our collection
management system and expand access to museum artifacts,” Dr. Hawkins said.

This project will fulfill the goal of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program by improving the care of collections through preserving the Brazos Valley African American history treasures, within The Artifact Cataloging Project. The system will include the physical catalog sheets and digitized records. The grant will support equipment and training for museum staff, interns and volunteers through cataloging and digitizing training. Dr. Nancy Klein, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Texas A&M will facilitate the student internship program. Project investigators include Dr. La Verne Young-Hawkins, Retired Associate Professor, Texas A&M; Mrs. Crystal S. Carter, Communications Specialist, Office for Diversity, Texas A&M; and Dr. Gwendolyn Webb, Associate Professor, Education & Human Development, Texas A&M.

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Media contact:
Crystal S. Carter
Communications Specialist
c.carter@tamu.edu