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Regionally Significant Collections
Both Chicago and the Lowcountry have significant collections that illuminate each region’s artistic, cultural and historic heritage. Many of these collections are not currently accessible to the public. In some instances, they are in danger of deterioration or permanent loss. Our goal is to preserve these collections, provide greater public access to them, and promote new ways of experiencing their rich content.
Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
Waring Library at the Medical University of South Carolina
Chicago Film Archives
Chicago Public Library Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection
Lewis University Illinois and Michigan Canal and Regional History Collection
Media Burn Independent Video Archive
Museum of Contemporary Photography Online Collection
Old Town School of Folk Music Archive
The Charleston Museum Historic Textiles Exhibition Gallery
National Museum of Mexican Art Collection
University of Illinois at Chicago Cook County Forest Preserve Records
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
The Chicago Public Library Playbill Collection
Chicago Cultural Alliance Collections
Georgetown Digital Library
Collections of regional significance - including such things as art, artifacts, letters, photographs, maps, and books - are time capsules of our culture. They are rich sources of information about our two regions, but often lack the resources to ensure their preservation and robust public access.
The Foundation supports efforts to preserve and provide greater access to regionally significant collections. The Foundation's strategy is to support a range of specific projects including stabilization, cataloguing, preservation and restoration, digitization, enhanced opportunities for access by both the general public and scholars, and reinterpretation.