- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The Wildlife Conservation Society has received a New York state grant that will enable it to protect glass plate and film negatives dating to the founding of the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium.

The $16,674 grant will be used to clean and properly house 12,000 negatives dating from 1899 through about 1930.

While the entire collection numbers 70,000, the WCS says the grant is an important step in the preservation of the historical archive.

It says it hopes to eventually rehouse and digitize the entire photo collection.

The photos include an image of four Eskimo dogs donated to the zoo following Robert Peary’s 1898-1902 Arctic expedition.

The grant was made by the New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials.

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