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Fray Angélico Chávez Library at NMHM Receives $15K Grant to Support the Preservation of Audio Recordings

April 30th, 2021

The New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) is pleased to announce that the FraAngélico Chávez Library has been awarded a $15,119 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources’ (CLIR) Recordings at Risk program, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will provide critical funding for the digitization and digital infrastructure of more than 200 unique audio recordings made by award-winning photographer and cinematographer John S. Candelario 

Most of the Candelario Collection recordings are on reel-to-reel audio tapes and include cinematic soundtracks, folk songs, Native dances, and interviews. Creating digital copies will protect the original material and greatly expand access for anyone with an interest in New Mexico history.  

Increasing access to collections and protection of historic materials are major objectives of NMHM. Limited opportunities for in-person access to the Library and the fragile condition of archival audio materials have been significant issues. The CLIR grant addresses both of these problems with respect to the Candelario Collection.    

NMHM is once again grateful to the CLIR and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation for their support. This grant will provide new levels of protection for the recordings of John Candalario and allow the Museum to share his exceptional work for the first time in decades. 

This is the second grant the Fray Angélico Chávez Library has received from CLIR, but the first for this program. The Library was one of only 17 grant recipients nationwide selected out of more than 100 applicants.


About the New Mexico History Museum
The New Mexico History Museum is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its generous donors. NMHM is a statewide educational resource, landmark, and destination for everyone who wants to understand the diverse experiences of the people of New Mexico, the dynamics that have shaped our state, and the relationships that connect our region with the rest of the world.


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