- To protect a collection of anthropological photographic materials from exposure to unstable and extreme environmental conditions in the museum’s historic buildings.
Fabrication of exhibit vitrines with 8.8 mm UltraVue® Laminated Glass to display the most vulnerable photographs
Sealed display enclosure
The 5-sided 8.8mm UltraVue Laminated Glass vitrine, rather than acrylic, was necessary to offer optimal protection while minimizing the risks from the unstable and extreme environmental conditions of the museum’s historic buildings.
Cuts light reflections down to 1% compared to 8% with standard glass, allowing viewers to see the photographic media without distracting reflections.
Safety & Security
If glass breaks, shards remain in place to safeguard against injury and damage until the glass is replaced. This product is ideal for valuable works, high traffic areas, and public event spaces.
ASM’s photographic collection documents 13,000 years of human occupation, ingenuity and artistry in the American Southwest. The ASM exhibit, titled Saving and American Treasure: An Unparalleled Collection of Anthropological Photographs, consists of four different installations to be viewed over the course of two years and explains ASM’s preservation goals. Photographs selected for the exhibit include widely recognized images and some that are rarely seen. Certain photographs were selected because they provide specific examples of physical, chemical or biological decay. The overarching intent of the exhibit is not only to highlight the outstanding content of the collection, but also to teach and inform visitors about preservation challenges and measures the museum is taking to mitigate them. These include fluctuations in temperature and humidity, the presence of pollutants and dust, and uncontrolled exposure to light.
- In 2018, the national significance of ASM’s collection was recognized when the museum was awarded a Save America’s Treasures (SAT) Grant to support a capital improvement project to create climate-controlled storage for the collection.
- The SAT award is coupled with a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access, also awarded in 2018.
- Learn more about the project and preservation of the collection in QuickVue.
- Watch this video to learn more about American Treasures at Arizona State Museum.