The Moab Museum is receiving $5,344 to digitize images from the Fran and Terby Barnes Photograph Archives. Fran Barnes was an avid traveler and photographer who spent nearly 40 years documenting the desert southwest surrounding Moab.
He was also an accomplished writer, with work published in outdoor magazines, notable newspapers, and the Canyon Country series of 46 books about the desert landscape and history of the Moab area. Barnes was also involved in civic affairs, serving on the Grand County Travel Council and the Bureau of Land Management Advisory Board.
Terby Barnes was integral in managing Canyon Country Publications and served on the board of the Moab Museum in its early days.
The museum will take a phased approach to the collection, which contains nearly 50,000 images in total. They will be using their grant award to work with Southern Utah University to digitize a carefully selected first batch of about 10,000 images.