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The Clark Awarded over $200,000 in Federal Grants to Fund Institutional Archives and Records Management Program

For Immediate Release

September 11, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute was recently awarded two grants totaling $206,370 in support of an archives and records management program. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission awarded the larger grant of $143,050, and $63,320 comes from the “Museums for America” program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grants will enable the Clark to better describe, house, and preserve the Institute’s permanent records, the personal papers of Sterling Clark, and other important collections acquired by the Clark.

“We are pleased to have the Clark’s achievements and archival collections recognized by these two important granting agencies,” said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark. “Their support will allow us to better preserve our important historical documents for future generations.”

The project will establish an institutional archives and records management program for the Clark by appraising, describing, and rehousing the archives, and adopting an archives and records management policy. This will include the creation of finding aids that will be accessible to researchers through the library’s on line catalog and other appropriate databases.

Susan Roeper, the Clark’s librarian, is managing the project. “With these two grants, we can move forward with the preservation and systematic cataloguing of the Clark’s important documents and personal papers of Sterling Clark – a project that has long been a priority for the Clark,” she said.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is the grantmaking affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NHPRC promotes the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage, and through its Records Program, supports archival projects at nonprofit institutions.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. IMLS empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build 21st-century skills, and increase civic participation.

The Clark’s Library is one of the major art reference and research libraries in the country. Its resources include over 200,000 books, bound periodicals, auction sales catalogues and current journals. It has a significant collection of both rare books and 20th century artists’ books. Arranged in open stacks, the library is non-circulating but open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, the Clark is one of the few major art museums in the United States that also serves as a leading international center for research and higher education. In addition to its extraordinary collections, the Clark organizes groundbreaking special exhibitions that advance new scholarship and enhance the public understanding of art. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia. Together with Williams College, the Clark jointly sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark is currently undergoing a major campus enhancement and building expansion led by Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando who is designing two new buildings on the Clark campus. The new buildings will provide much-needed space for presenting, conserving and enjoying art, as well as for research and scholarly programs, and will reinforce the Clark’s standing as one of the few of the world’s major art museums located in a dramatic rural setting.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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