Grant will preserve negatives

October, 2017 Posted in Community

By Mary Owen

The Santiam Historical Society recently received a $1,000 grant from the City of Stayton Community Grants program to preserve and protect a historic glass negatives collection.

“We found 100 glass negatives in a crawl space above the restroom at the old museum when we were packing up the collection to go to storage,” said Diana Maul, SHS president. “These are gelatin emulsion-style, so date between 1878
and 1940.”

Maul said old newspaper pages had been placed between the negatives, and ink transferred onto some of them. The $1,000 grant will go toward professionally cleaning each negative, she said.

“Then each will be hand-scanned so we can make sharp digital copies,” she added. “The glass negatives will be store in individual sleeves in a sturdy archival box.”

SHS has applied to the Pacific Power Foundation for a grant that will enable them to complete the cleaning and digitizing process, Maul said.

“This will allow us to make good-sized foam board mounted prints of each glass negative so we can display and share them,” she said.

Maul said the society should hear by January if the PPF funds are granted.

The Santiam Historical Society is still investigating the origination of the glass negatives.

“Once the images are cleaned and scanned, we can make some prints to study, and we hope to learn more about when they were taken and by whom,” Maul said.

The process is projected to be completed within 90 days of acquiring final funds needed, estimated at $1,800. The digitize images will be available for education and research.

For information, contact the Santiam Historical Society, 503-769-1406, or visit

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