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PF-255805-17

Chicago Historical Society (Chicago, IL 60614-6038)
M. Alison Eisendrath (Project Director: December 2016 to October 2018)
Russell L. Lewis (Project Director: October 2018 to present)

Assessing the Preservation Quality of Collections Storage, Display, and Work Spaces at the Chicago History Museum

The analysis of collection spaces, mechanical controls and environmental conditions at Chicago Historical Society’s Clark Street facility, which houses diverse collections of artifacts, archival material, textiles, and decorative arts that reflect nearly 300 years of Chicago and Illinois history. To improve care for these collections, the applicant would gather information about the museum’s storage spaces and assemble an expert team to suggest sustainable improvements for mechanical and non-mechanical climate control systems. 

The Chicago Historical Society/Chicago History Museum (CHM) requests a $50,000 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant to: 1) Assess the preservation quality of collections storage, display, and work spaces at the Museum’s Clark Street facility; 2) Analyze the Museum’s existing HVAC systems; 3) Identify and begin to implement achievable strategies for optimizing the performance of existing mechanical systems to advance the Museum’s preservation and sustainability goals; and 4) Identify longer-term strategic priorities for HVAC upgrades and/or replacement to improve system efficiency and effectiveness and create a sustainable preservation environment for the Museum’s collection holdings. $40,000 of the requested funding will be used to engage consultants from the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) to support planning activities; the remaining $10,000 will be used to implement recommendations coming out of the planning process.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019