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Center for Jewish History (New York, NY 10011-6301)
Laura Leone (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to 02/28/2017)
Rachel Miller (Project Director: 02/28/2017 to present)

Optimization of the Preservation Environment

Preservation planning for collections of over 500,000 volumes, 100 million documents, and tens of thousands of textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, photographs, and works of art held at the Center for Jewish History.  The Center houses five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Foundation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.  This project would plan for an optimal, energy-efficient environment for the partners’ archival and object collections.

The aim of the Optimization of the Preservation Environment project is for preservation, collections and building management stakeholders to work collaboratively to achieve the best possible preservation environment, with the least possible energy consumption, that is both sustainable and appropriate to the particular collections that reside within the Center’s walls. This project will help the Center in its holistic approach to preservation: determining the climate range that is best for the partner’s collection materials, working out what Center systems can and should be doing, and making appropriate changes toward a sustainable solution for collection preservation and optimal HVAC energy usage (i.e., moving away from set points toward a more dynamic storage environment).

Project fields:
Arts, General; History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2017