WASHINGTON — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $169,000 grant to help preserve digitally more than 6,000 photographs documenting Utah's history and culture.

The grant goes to the Utah State Historical Society to preserve images on glass-plate negatives taken by James W. and Harry Shipler, commercial photographers in Salt Lake City in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Society Director Max J. Evans said, "The grant will allow us to make a sizeable portion of the collection available to the public via the Internet, helping us to fulfill our mission, which is to preserve and share Utah's history."

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, who announced the grant, said, "Digitally formatting the Shipler Collection helps preserve an important era in Utah's history while making the works available to millions of viewers who would not otherwise have the opportunity to view and enjoy them."