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Mellon Grant Funds UIUC Conservation Position

From the UIUC press release:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library has received a $1.25 million challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a senior-level conservator position in its Conservation Unit.

The Mellon Foundation grant includes $1 million as a permanent endowment and $250,000 to establish the new senior conservator position while matching funds are being raised.  The University Library has committed to match and exceed the amount of the grant by raising $1.5 million over three years.  The endowment will generate funding to support the position permanently.

The addition of the Andrew W. Mellon Endowed Conservator will allow the University Library to treat a broader spectrum and greater number of paper-based special collections materials in the conservation lab; provide more varied and numerous internship experiences for pre- and post-program conservation interns; and provide the leadership necessary to fully develop the University of Illinois’s role as a leader for conservation education, research, service, and collaboration in the Midwest and the nation.

Congratulations to our colleagues at UIUC and a giant thank-you to the Mellon Foundation.

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