2015/16 Museum Photography Collections Management Project

This winter, the Palmer Museum will be purchasing a high-end digital scanner, photography and slide archival supplies and employing a freelance graphic and web designer to assist with our Museum Photography Collections Management Project. The project is designed to help the Museum conduct a complete catalog of its photography collection, accession them into our permanent collections,  properly relocate them into archival materials and establish an online photo bank to allow better public access. 
The project will include a special identification phase where the City of Palmer has generously offered the use of the Palmer Train Depot for three evenings (February 17, 18 and 21, 2016).  During this time, the Museum will host an historical photography open house where members of the community will be invited to view and identify those photographs the museum is currently unable to so that we may complete the cataloging process.  The event will also include a slide show presentation of some of the Museum's photography collection. 
The online photo bank will include thumbnail images of historical photographs from the Palmer region with the capability of being able to download a few of them for non-commercial purposes only (the Museum retains full copyright of those images from its permanent collections; other contributing entities will set their own parameters for use).   Also included in the photo bank will be albums from different collections throughout Palmer.  This project is the first step in providing public access to the historical photographs of our area and is being completed with the participation and support of the Palmer Public Library, United Protestant Church and St. Michael's Catholic Church, whose photograph collections will also be included in the photo bank.  It is the Museum's hope that other organizations in the community will eventually contribute their historical photography collections so that visitors and researchers only have to go to one source to learn more about Palmer history.  The project is being made possible by a grant from the Collections Management Fund of Museums Alaska, with the generous support from Rasmuson Foundation.