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National Endowment for the Humanities Funds RIT Preservation Projects

The Wallace Center received a Preservation Assistance Grant through the NEH We the People Initiative. Funds will be used to improve the storage of nearly 2,000 19th and 20th century posters that are part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, which tracks the history of graphic design in America.

The poster archive includes work produced by American artist Edward Penfield to promote Harper's Magazine from 1896 to 1899 and U.S. government-issued posters from both World Wars encouraging public support for the war effort.

“The Wallace Center is delighted to benefit from the NEH We the People initiative, a program designed to support the study and understanding of American history and culture,” says Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, assistant curator at the Wallace Center. “This grant will further our conservation efforts in safeguarding these important poster collections, while improving their accessibility to the RIT community for teaching and scholarship.”

Hugill will direct the preservation project along with David Pankow, curator and director of the Cary Cultural Collection, and Kari Horowicz, art and photography librarian for the Wallace Center.

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