AUSTIN, Texas—The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $483,000 grant to the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin to support the Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record.
The center’s mission is to focus national attention on preservation by educating students, conducting research, sponsoring symposia and convening expert thinking on broad, timely, interrelated topics that address the management of cultural heritage in the nation’s humanities institutions.
“The preservation and conservation of our cultural heritage requires expertise and skills that are in tremendously short supply,” said Andrew Dillon, dean of the School of Information. “It is part of our mission to tackle this shortage, and the latest NEH award is evidence of the quality of preservation and conservation education provided at The University of Texas.”
The School of Information’s Archives and Preservation program, ranked No. 1 in the nation, offers the most comprehensive master’s level certificates of advanced study in preservation administration and conservation. Since 1992, the program has produced more than 75 master’s graduates in the administration of preservation programs and in the conservation treatment of paper-based records. Graduates of the program can be found in notable institutions such as the Vatican, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution.
The grant is accompanied by an $80,000 federal matching award.