Wendy Shadwell Grant

The AHPCS Announces a New Print Conservation Grant Program

Wendy Joan Shadwell passed away on October 23, 2007. She was a past president of the AHPCS, an active board member, and author of many scholarly articles in Imprint. In her last will and testament Wendy Shadwell generously left to the American Historical Print Collectors Society a substantial bequest. One of the specific areas mentioned for the use of the bequest was for the preservation of American historical prints. In November, 2014 after receiving the final distribution, the AHPCS board created the Shadwell Bequest Committee.

At its meeting on June 25, 2015, in New Orleans, the AHPCS Board of Directors voted to implement an exciting new program, the Shadwell Conservation Grant.

Our goal is multifaceted:

  1. To help realize Wendy’s mandate for the use of the funds for “Preservation of Early American Prints”
  2. To ensure that a few significant prints or works on paper over 100 years will have a longer life
  3.  To provide a meaningful and directed impact on actual prints in small institutions who might not otherwise do not have on-site print conservation facilities
  4. To have a grant program that is simple, straight forward and not overly bureaucratic
  5. To help publicize the AHPCS and the Shadwell Bequest
  6. To foster institutional membership
  7. To encourage AHPCS members to more actively participate in the organization by being on a jury


We encourage accredited, non-profit institutions with significant print collections to apply for the Shadwell Conservation Grant for the preservation of American historical prints. An American historical print is defined as an American print over 100-years-old. Applicants must be members of the AHPCS.

For more information and applications please contact Roger Genser, Chairperson, Shadwell Print Conservation Subcommittee, PO Box 5133, Santa Monica, CA 90409 genserprints@verizon.net or refer to the AHPCS website.

This year’s deadline for applications is September 30, 2019.

Click here to download the Grant Application!