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PF-249721-16

George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-2219)
Taina Meller (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Environmental Improvements Implementation Project

The installation of temperature and humidity control equipment in storage spaces containing the museum's photography and moving-image technology collections. Better environmental controls would improve the care of these materials, which support the study of the history of photography and motion pictures.

George Eastman House is the world’s leading international institution for the collection, study, and preservation of photography, moving images, and related technology with associated collections that are among the strongest in the world. The Museum seeks a grant of $350,000 to improve the environmental conditions that exist in two primary collection areas: the Photography Vault and the Technology Vault (photographic and cinematic equipment).The total project cost is $836,546. A professional engineering firm will design, install and test a new efficient and flexible system. Significant improvements will be realized in long-term preservation of the museum’s photography and technology collections; staff, researchers, and scholars will benefit from increased access to collections resulting from a balanced and stable environment; and replacement of an inefficient HVAC system with one that meets industry standards will result in decreased maintenance costs and climate monitoring efforts.

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$25,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2018