Schmidt Library Preservation Assistance
Recipient: Jacoby, Beth E (York, PA 17403-3651 USA) in affiliation with York College of Pennsylvania (York, PA 17403 USA)
Goal: A general preservation assessment with a particular focus on disaster preparedness and response, and a workshop in disaster response for library staff. The library's collection dates from 1838, when a group of 300 volumes, a collection of the Lyceum Movement, was placed in the York County Academy, predecessor to York College. Today the library holds books, microfilm, microfiche, audio compact discs, and videos that support the liberal arts curriculum. In addition, there are special collections of rare books, manuscripts, artifacts, and archival records.
Description: The first grant-supported activity will be to hire a professional consultant to perform a site survey to assess the vulnerabilities of the collections housed within Schmidt Library. The outcome will be a basic set of disaster preparedness and response documents that Library staff will use to ensure the future viability of our humanities and Archives collections for faculty, students, and community users. The second activity will be to hire a disaster preparedness consultant to instruct Library staff in aspects of emergency and disaster planning. Both the plan and the training to implement it will benefit the longevity of the Library's collections. The training will include exercises, discussion, and practical applications given by the consultant. The project will include the cost of travel and fees for the instructor.
Grant: 199630 / PG-50886-10, Category: Library Science, Archival Management, and Conservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
General Preservation Assessment, Bowdoin College Library
Recipient: Lindemann, Richard H.F (Brunswick, ME 04011-8421 USA) in affiliation with Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME 04011 USA)
Goal: A general preservation assessment of the library; consultation with the staff to review policies and procedures for preservation, conservation, and disaster preparedness; and recommendations for short-term improvements of environmental conditions. The library's collections, developed over a period of 200 years, exceed one million volumes and include more than 18,000 current print and electronic periodical and newspaper subscriptions, 28,000 audiovisual items, 40,000 maps, and 5,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archival records.
Description: The Bowdoin College Library requests a Preservation Assistance Grant of $6,000 to support a general preservation assessment of the Bowdoin College Library. The Library will contract with the Northeast Document Conservation Center [NEDCC] to: 1. perform a general preservation survey of the Library, including an assessment of: the physical and climatic conditions of library facilities; the condition of library print, microform, and media collections; storage and housing practices for special collections (print, manuscript, a/v, digital, and photographic formats). 2. meet with appropriate staff to review current policies and procedures for print preservation and conservation, especially brittle materials and disaster preparedness. 3. prepare a report of findings and make recommendations for short-term improvements of environmental conditions, storage, and handling of materials, and a long-term preservation plan to insure the longevity of the Library's humanities resources.
Grant: 199631 / PG-50887-10, Category: Library Science, Archival Management, and Conservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Rehousing the San Antonio River Authority's Historical Records
Recipient: Bishop, Karen (San Antonio, TX 78283 USA) in affiliation with San Antonio River Authority
Goal: Funding supports the purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies to enable the consolidation and care of the agency's historical records. Materials include initial planning reports and blueprints for development of the River Walk area as well as early 20th-century photographs of housing conditions and flood control efforts in San Antonio's Mexican Quarter.
Description: The San Antonio River Authority recently engaged a certified archivist to survey historical records in its possession related to the history of the region's relationship with its rivers and creeks starting in 1937. To create a true working archive, as the archivist suggested, we wish to preserve and better care for our historical items by removing them from staff offices and libraries that are along hallway walls or in meeting rooms open to external visitors. Our historical records are still referenced by staff as well as by historians, project partners, and researchers. The historical items need to be housed in a separate climate-controlled archive room with rules as to who can directly access the collection. To do that, we will need preservation and storage supplies, including horizontal shelving, acid-free archival boxes, and archival file folders.
Grant: 199634 / PG-50890-10, Category: Urban Studies, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Conservation Assessment of Drawings
Recipient: Wheaton, Marilyn Louise (University Center, MI 48710-0001 USA) in affiliation with Saginaw Valley State University
Goal: A conservation assessment of select drawings of Marshall M. Fredericks, one of the most prolific American sculptors of the 20th century. Fredericks accepted more than 500 commissions in a 70-year career, and his sculpture can be seen in outdoor settings across the country and abroad. The museum has identified 132 life-figure drawings that record Fredericks's creative and design process, of which 20 high-priority works will be examined in detail.
Description: This grant would support a conservation assessment of select drawings housed at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, providing detailed condition surveys and detailed treatment proposals to identify specific conservation needs and to achieve funding for conservation activities that will lead to eventual display of these artistically and historically important documents.
Grant: 199636 / PG-50892-10, Category: Museum Studies or Historic Preservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Purchase of Storage and Matting Supplies for Works on Paper
Recipient: Jones, Kathleen (Champaign, IL 61820 USA) in affiliation with University of Illinois, Urbana (Urbana, IL 61801 USA)
Goal: Funding supports the purchase of rehousing supplies to store approximately 500 works of art on paper. The collection includes drawings, prints, and photographs from around the world; they are regularly used in exhibits, educational programs, and research publications.
Description: Krannert Art Museum (KAM) is seeking assistance to support purchase of 25 solander boxes and 425 sheets of Rising board to further the progress of the project to properly house the collection of works on paper and optimize use of storage. A significant portion of the collection has been matted and stored properly in solander boxes. The remaining unmatted works on paper, roughly 500 items, are stored with interleaving sheets or paper folders in solander boxes and the drawers of the oversize flat file. There are not enough containers to optimally house the entire collection. This project will assist to preserve important collections for the future by maintaining the best environment for their safekeeping. It will reduce the risk of physical damage to the collection of works on paper due to crowded storage and lack of mats and appropriate housing. By adding 25 solander boxes and archival mounting for the remaining unmatted works on paper, KAM will improve its capacity to properly house this collection.
Grant: 199642 / PG-50898-10, Category: Museum Studies or Historic Preservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan
Recipient: Levine, Anne Marie Purkey (La Jolla, CA 92037 USA) in affiliation with Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Goal: Funding supports the development of an emergency plan to protect the museum's diverse art collections spanning from 1950 to the present. Consultants will work with staff to perform a risk assessment and establish priorities. They will develop collection-specific response plans, recommend the purchase of supplies to implement the plans, consult with local fire and police departments, and conduct a fire extinguisher training and recovery drill with all museum staff.
Description: The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) requests $6,000 in order to develop, test through drill, and integrate a Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan tailored for our diverse collection (4,060 objects). The result will be a single comprehensive disaster plan for the paintings, sculpture, multimedia works, photographs, and photographic and paper archives in our collection. The plan will outline a systematic prevention component recognizing the potential for both man-made and natural emergencies, especially those relevant to San Diego. We will purchase equipment and supplies to establish emergency caches needed to help staff deal effectively with emergencies. MCASD will retain consultants with expertise in emergency planning from the Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC), San Diego, who have long worked with MCASD on conservation and preservation issues. The project will be managed by MCASD Registrar and Collection Manager, Anne Marie Purkey Levine.
Grant: 199651 / PG-50907-10, Category: Archival Management and Conservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
General Preservation Assessment for the Richard H. Handley Collection of Long Island Americana (or Long Island Room)
Recipient: Ball, Catherine Riggio (Smithtown, NY 11787 USA) in affiliation with Smithtown Special Library District
Goal: Funding supports a general preservation assessment of a collection focused on Long Island, New York City, lower Connecticut, colonial New England, and the local history of Smithtown. It includes books, maps, atlases, documents, scrapbooks, ephemera, and artifacts. The consultant will also make recommendations for the purchase of preservation supplies and the housing of collection materials.
Description: The Smithtown Special Library District's Richard H. Handley Collection of Long Island Americana (or Long Island Room) seeks to have a general preservation assessment of its humanities collection performed by a professional preservation consultant. This assessment will establish long-range goals for the collection's overall maintenance and care by identifying and prioritizing the specific areas of the collection that are in need of the most attention. Additionally, this assessment will outline suggested storage techniques for the collection's new facility, which is part of a major renovation project the library plans to start in the summer/ fall of 2009. If funded, this assessment would go a long way towards ensuring the protection and preservation of our valuable humanities materials for future generations.
Grant: 199656 / PG-50912-10, Category: Archival Management and Conservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Community Collaboration for Heritage Preservation
Recipient: Ridgway, Ginger (Palm Springs, CA 92262 USA) in affiliation with Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
Goal: Hiring a preservation consultant to conduct a training workshop in emergency response procedures and provide advice for the purchase of basic emergency supplies for the Coachella Valley Emergency Preparedness Network. This consortium includes three historical societies, a historic house, two Native American museums, a separate tribal collection, an aviation museum, a military museum, and a modern art museum. Collectively, they hold 400 cubic feet of archaeological materials, 600 baskets, 150 paintings, 16,000 color slides, 1,500 photos, 100 maps, 25 linear feet of archival materials, 825 audio and video recordings, 3,000 volumes, and 84 periodical titles.
Description: The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is applying for funding on behalf of the Coachella Valley Emergency Preparedness Network, a collaboration of 10 institutions. Grant funding is sought for training in emergency response procedures for historical and cultural collections, and for purchase of salvage supplies for shared repositories for emergency response in the event of disasters.
Grant: 199664 / PG-50920-10, Category: Anthropology, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation Housing and Storage for McArthur Public Library's Special Collections
Recipient: DesRoberts, Renee L (Biddeford, ME 04005 USA) in affiliation with McArthur Public Library
Goal: Funding supports the purchase of archival enclosure supplies and storage furniture as recommended by a preservation professional who performed a general preservation assessment. The library's special collections include a wide range of media, including monographs, photographs and negatives, scrapbooks, stereographs, and postcards, as well as maps, prints, paintings, manuscripts, and artifacts.
Description: This project is for housing and storage of the various components of the Special Collections of the McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, Maine. The primary goal is to purchase archival storage enclosures for as much of the Special Collections material as possible, and to replace the worst-worn enclosures already in use. The secondary goal is to purchase a unit in which to securely store our oversize materials, which must be stored in a public area due to current space constraints. The final goal is to begin to purchase sturdy, appropriate shelving for the storage of our materials.
Grant: 199667 / PG-50923-10, Category: Archival Management and Conservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
National World War I Disaster Preparedness and Response.
Recipient: Raymond, Patrick (Kansas City, MO 64108 USA) in affiliation with Liberty Memorial Association
Goal: Funding supports the development of a disaster and emergency response plan for a museum whose holdings include a wide range of materials dealing with the First World War: more than 6,000 books and periodicals, 600 maps, 1,100 posters, 12,000 photographs, 6,000 feet of film footage, and more than 17,000 historical objects ranging from medals, insignia, and uniforms to a motorcycle and a tank.
Description: The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is requesting a grant to help develop and implement an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for the site. The plan would recognize the potential for forseeable manmade and natural emergencies, outline ways to avoid or mitigate the impact of a disaster, as well as provide a strategy to deal with the aftermath. The plan will address issues relating to the collections, as well as for visitors and staff. The Museum began collecting artifacts since the early 1920s and has been preserving them ever since. The age of the historic structure, geographical location, national stature and patriotic symbolism of the National World War I Museum make the site vulnerable to many forseeable emergencies, both natural and manmade. The Museum has taken many precautions in the way it has preserved and protected the collections and an approved Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan is recognized as the logical next step.
Grant: 199668 / PG-50924-10, Category: Museum Studies or Historic Preservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation of the Barona Band's Audiovisual Collection
Recipient: Hinton, Cheryl (Lakeside, CA 92040 USA) in affiliation with Barona Band of Mission Indians
Goal: A preservation assessment of 767 original sound recordings and videotapes in the Barona Cultural Center and Museum that document the ongoing preservation of the 'Iipay language of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. The corpus includes 328 audio cassettes, 128 CDs, 37 DVDs, 21 mini-discs, and 227 VHS tapes and documents the history and traditional lifeways of this tribe. Minor rehousing supplies recommended by the proposed consultant will also be purchased.
Description: The goal of the project is to hire an archivist with expertise in audiovisual media to conduct a preservation assessment of the 767 original sound recordings and videotapes in the cultural media collection of the Barona Cultural Center & Museum.
Grant: 199675 / PG-50931-10, Category: Native American Studies, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Richard Hugo House Zine Archive and Publishing Project Collection Preservation
Recipient: Mukaihata, Nora (Seattle, WA 98122 USA) in affiliation with Richard Hugo House
Goal: Funding supports the purchase of storage supplies and furniture to house a collection of over 20,000 zines. Zines are usually handmade and self-published in small editions to be distributed locally, or by mail, or at zine conventions. While the content is quite diverse, the collection is organized in general categories such as Art, Do-It-Yourself, Humor, Food and Drink, Politics, Race and Ethnicity, Travel, and Work.
Description: Richard Hugo House, a literary arts center in Seattle, Washington, requests a grant of $6,000 to purchase archival quality boxes and a museum cabinet to ensure the preservation of the Zine Archive and Publishing Project (ZAPP). ZAPP is a collection of over 20,000 hand-made zines ("zine" derives from "fanzine" or "magazine"), and is one of the largest and most significant zine collections in the world. Archival boxes would replace existing cardboard boxes in which the publicly accessible collection is currently stored. The museum cabinet would provide storage for all rare and any duplicate/archival copies in the collection. The preservation project will create safe, long-term storage for the publicly accessible collection, and for the rare and second/archival copies in the ZAPP collection.
Grant: 199681 / PG-50937-10, Category: Archival Management and Conservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Mexic-Arte Museum Preservation Project
Recipient: Herrera, Toni Nelson (Austin, TX 78701 USA) in affiliation with Mexic-Arte Museum
Goal: Funding supports the museum's first preservation assessment, which will include a site visit, report, and one day of staff training. Two flat files will also be purchased to accommodate the museum's growing print collection. Approximately 90 percent of the permanent collection consists of works on paper of 20th-century Mexican and Mexican-American art.
Description: Currently, plans are being developed by Mexic-Arte Museum for a new facility for the museum supported by a City of Austin $5 million Bond Program. However, important incremental plans must be made to immediately care for the museum's Permanent Collection, as well as preparation to relocate and preserve it during the renovation/construction phase of the new facility. Items in the Permanent Collection can be classified into six main categories: works on paper, paintings, textiles, photographs, popular art masks, and sculptures. The grant will provide funds for consultant fees for the Preservation Needs Assessment and Planning Report, and a One Day On-Site Consultancy with Senior Staff and a key volunteer on current preservation and care of the Permanent Collection. Additionally, the consultant will advise on how to handle the Permanent Collection going forward as the Museum plans for its transition to a new facility.
Grant: 199682 / PG-50938-10, Category: Museum Studies or Historic Preservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Environmental Monitoring Program for Museum and Library Collections
Recipient: Borst, Lindsay (Washington, DC 20008 USA) in affiliation with Society of The Cincinnati (Washington, DC 20008-2810 USA)
Goal: Funding supports environmental monitoring in Anderson House, a National Historic Landmark that houses fine and decorative arts, historical artifacts, printed materials, and manuscripts focusing on the history of the American Revolution and the Society of the Cincinnati. Founded in May of 1783, the society was the first patriotic organization to memorialize the ideals of the new nation.
Description: The Society of the Cincinnati seeks a Preservation Assistance Grant to support the purchase and installation of twenty-one dataloggers to record temperature and relative humidity in its museum and library collections storage and exhibition spaces. This project is crucial to improving preservation efforts and ensuring the long-term preservation of its important cultural collections, which document the history of the American Revolution, the Society, and Anderson House. This monitoring program will allow staff to better understand the environments in which collection items are stored and exhibited, identify risks that improper temperature or humidity levels may present, and develop a plan for effective management of existing mechanical systems. The project will begin in January 2010 and end in February 2011, after which staff will review one year of environmental data, make adjustments, and continue monitoring.
Grant: 199683 / PG-50939-10, Category: History, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Alpine County Archives Preservation and Needs Assessment
Recipient: Thornburg, Nancy C (Markleeville, CA 96120 USA) in affiliation with Alpine County
Goal: A preservation assessment of the county's historical records, along with the purchase of storage cabinets and preservation supplies. Collections include vital records (birth, death, marriage), Board of Supervisors minutes, and records of mining and ranching activity in the Sierra Nevada Mountains region.
Description: This project is the assessment of the preservation and archival needs, present and future, of the Alpine County Archives.
Grant: 199684 / PG-50940-10, Category: Archival Management and Conservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Improving the Rolled Storage of Native American Textiles
Recipient: McKune, Amy (Indianapolis, IN 462042707 USA) in affiliation with Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art (Indianapolis, IN 46204 USA)
Goal: Funding supports the purchase of storage furniture to rehouse oversized flat textiles, primarily Navajo blankets and other weavings. The collection is used in the museum's artist-in-residence program, in academic studies, and in exhibitions and educational programming.
Description: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art has an important collection of Native American objects related to native cultures of North America. Within this collection is approximately 80 textiles, primarily Navajo weavings, including a classic third-phase Navajo chief's blanket and a child's wearing blanket, dated 1870-1875. This project continues the museum's ongoing efforts to upgrade individual storage of Native American textiles following the recommendations of a 2003 CAP survey performed by Laurie Booth of Midwest Conservation Services. Currently there is insufficient rolled textile storage, which is compromising the care of these important objects. NEH funds will support the purchase of a Montel rolled textile rack to re-house Native American oversized flat textiles.
Grant: 199689 / PG-50945-10, Category: Native American Studies, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Media Resource Library Storage Upgrade
Recipient: Liu, Jeff (Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA) in affiliation with Southern California Asian American Studies Central
Goal: The purchase of preservation-quality shelving for the Visual Communications Media Resource Library, which houses 1,500 independent film titles and 1,000 hours of raw footage and oral histories created since 1970 documenting the history and heritage of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds, especially in the Circum-Pacific region and California. The collection includes documentaries, home movies, interviews, oral histories, and other materials documenting the cultural and historical experiences of Chinese, Filipinos, Hawaiians, Japanese, Koreans, Samoans, Thais, Vietnamese, and South Asians.
Description: To install new durable shelves and storage system in the Media Resource Library, so that the permanent holdings in the collection may be easily accessible to researchers, artists, filmmakers, journalists, students, and the general public. The Media Resource Library holds over 1,500 media titles of films, videos, DVDs, and audiotapes of Asian American cultural history from the 1970s to present day.
Grant: 199690 / PG-50946-10, Category: Asian American Studies, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Online and Onsite Workshops with Guided Practicums
Recipient: Hight, Cliff (Canon City, CO 81215-1460 USA) in affiliation with City of Canon City (Canon City, CO 81212 USA)
Goal: The hiring of consultants to help plan for collection storage, pest management, and lighting controls and to train staff involved with these activities. The museum houses approximately 100,000 photographs, 20,000 archaeological artifacts and historic objects, and more than 200,000 manuscripts, maps, and other paper items documenting the history and culture of the Royal Gorge region of Colorado.
Description: This is a first-time request to the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center, a division of the City of Canon City. The activities the grant would support are online and onsite training, and guided implementation in three topics: 1) Storage Move Plan, 2) Lighting Implementation Plan, 3) Integrated Pest Management Program. The three topics were identified as our institution's highest priorities in the Conservation Assessment Program report of March 2009. The museum and history center requires the assistance of two consultants who will travel to our site and utilize the resources of the Museum Training Network's Mobile Laboratory.
Grant: 199696 / PG-50952-10, Category: American History, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Vermont Oversized Historical Document Preservation Project
Recipient: Hudson, Mark (Barre, VT 05641 USA) in affiliation with Vermont Historical Society (Barre, VT 05641-4209 USA)
Goal: A conservation assessment of oversized historical documents as well as the purchase of storage cabinets and folders for these materials and an on-site workshop addressing their care and handling. Collections comprise over 6,800 manuscripts, maps, architectural plans, and broadsides dating to the 18th century and include documentation on Calvin Coolidge, religious leader William Miller, and influential regional architect Sylvester Smith.
Description: The grant would support three activities relating to oversized items housed in the Vermont Historical Society's Howard and Alba Leahy Library, located in the Vermont History Center in Barre, Vermont. The grant would provide for a survey of the materials by a qualified paper conservator, resulting in protocols for the storage and handling of oversized collections and priorities for their treatment. It would also would fund the purchase of additional flat file storage cabinets and folders to improve the storage of oversized manuscripts, maps, architectural plans, and broadsides at the Vermont Historical Society. Lastly, the grant would fund a workshop in the handling of oversized paper items for the staff of the Vermont Historical Society and area local historical society members.
Grant: 199697 / PG-50953-10, Category: Archival Management and Conservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
The New York City Police Museum: Archival Assessment
Recipient: Spinelli, Elizabeth (New York, NY 10005 USA) in affiliation with New York City Police Museum
Goal: A general preservation assessment of the museum's archival collections documenting the history and culture of the New York City Police Department, the oldest police force in the United States. Funding will also support archival training for staff at the Modern Archives Institute. The records include photographs, precinct records, policy manuals, and artifacts dating from the mid-19th century.
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant will support the overall assessment of The New York City Police Museum's archival holdings. The Museum will acquire the service of a professional archival consultant to conduct the assessment. The consultant will provide an overall assessment detailing the size and scope of the archives and identifying the different types of archival records we maintain, their physical condition, storage and environmental conditions and recommendations for the continued maintenance of the collection. The consultant, in conjunction with the Registrar will use the assessment to develop both long term and short term plans for the establishment and management of an archive at The New York City Police Museum. The remaining award monies will be used to fund the professional training of the Museum's Registrar. The Registrar is interested in attending the 2010 Modern Archives Institute, in Washington DC.
Grant: 199698 / PG-50954-10, Category: Archival Management and Conservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Preservation Assistance Grants