On February 1, 2011, 60 organizations and government agencies received a Save America’s Treasure grant to “…conserve our country’s cultural and historic treasures.” In addition to Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Books Library, four other cultural organizations received funding to save African Americana. They are:
- Dance Heritage Coalition, in Washington, DC, who will use their grant to preserve the archives of the Dance Theater of Harlem. The Coalition will use the funds to “…re-house threatened paper, photographs/negatives, original sound-score reels, and moving images.”
- Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation for their Gordon Parks Collection. The grant will allow the Pleasantville, New York based foundation to preserve the work of photographer and Renaissance Man, Gordon Parks. The collection includes “photographic prints, negatives, slides and contact sheets which will be stabilized and re-housed.”
- National Museum of African American History and Culture, who will use their grant to restore a Pullman railroad car that was used during the Jim Crow era.
- Special Collections and Archives at the Tougaloo College Library for their Civil Rights Collections. The grant will preserve “personal papers, artifacts, legal records, and audio-visual materials that document the civil rights movement.”