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PF-249697-16

Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899)
Marianne Weldon (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Preservation Study for Special Collections at Bryn Mawr College

A planning project to assess the storage environment for the college library’s special collections, containing art and artifacts, rare books, manuscripts, and archives dating from the 15th century to the present, and to develop plans for improved climate control and security.

Bryn Mawr College requests a $40,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program to develop a plan for creating a cost-effective, energy-efficient storage area for the College's Special Collections, one of the largest and richest collections of art, cultural artifacts, rare books and manuscripts to be found among liberal arts colleges in the country. We will use NEH funding to hire an outside consulting firm to evaluate the current storage facilities in Canaday Library and Thomas Hall to determine which practical and environmentally sustainable options are available. The project committee overseeing this project will use the information collected in the study to develop a strategic plan for prioritizing and implementing recommended measures, and will begin immediate implementation of transitional steps to create improved storage areas for the most vulnerable collections until the larger-scale renovations can take place.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2017