NEH Grant Supports Collection Assessment and Workshop

Posted on 5/29/2014 11:48:33 AM

A National Endowment for the Humanities grant awarded to the University Museum and the IUP Special Collections and University Archives will be used to assess the preservation needs of the Wilbur Coffman Photograph Collection and to offer a workshop on the care of photographic collections.

As part of the NEH grant award, Rachel Wetzel, photograph conservator from the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, will offer a workshop on the proper handling and care of photographic images on Monday, July 7, from 1:00–4:30 p.m. in the IUP Libraries.

If you are interested in attending this educational workshop, contact Harrison Wick, Special Collections librarian and university archivist, at

Wilbur Coffman (1902–1982) was an American photojournalist whose career spanned more than 50 years. His career began as a newspaper photographer in Pittsburgh in 1922. He was a photojournalist for the Office of War Information during World War II, and Coffman later became a studio photographer in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and part-time photographer for the Indiana Gazette. His extensive collection includes more than 16,000 photographic images. 

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