Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens announced it has received a $6,000 grant for The Digitization and Rehousing of the Tinker Collection project. The grant was awarded by the Community Arts & Humanities Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Community Grants Program.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum’s current collection houses over 10,000 original objects that are used to interpret the history of the Tinker family and the city of Rockford. Currently, there are a number of objects that remain undocumented.
The museum says object documentation within collections is essential in their use, management and preservation. The grant monies from the Community Arts & Humanities Fund will be used to document and catalog these objects using photography and scanned images.
Once properly documented and digitally cataloged, the items will be housed in proper archival materials. The act of housing these precious cultural items will not only preserve them for years of research and enjoyment to come, but will help to lessen any environmental risks due to improper storage resources.
The digital catalogs of the objects will then be placed in an accessible online database that can be used for research by community members and students worldwide.
“By digitizing the collections, they become more accessible to the public and will help tremendously in our efforts to care for the objects in our collection” said Alix Fox, Director of Education and Collections at Tinker Swiss.
“However, accessibility is only the first step. Having proper storage and environments for the collections makes us better stewards to what we are entrusted with and will ensure the community can enjoy them for many years to come,” Fox remarked.