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.

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.

News & Resources from the Blog

From the Blog

Remembering Life Director Elliott R. Donnelley

We are saddened to share that Elliott Ranney Donnelley, eldest son of Gaylord and Dorothy, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. Elliott was the first of Gaylord and Dorothy’s children... Read More »

Gen Ops Plus Bowls a Strike

What better place to announce a new arts funding strategy than a bowling alley? What better way to celebrate the artistry of 170 arts organizations than by wearing funny shoes, knocking... Read More »

A Place to Come Together in Charleston

The Foundation opens an office in Charleston, a permanent anchor that should make it clear that we are moored here for the long haul. Read More »

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