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University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Teresa Kathleen Moreno (Project Director: December 2013 to present)

Planning a Sustainable Preservation Environment for Arizona State Museum's Anthropological Photographs

Planning and environmental assessment to create efficient, sustainable plans to repurpose space at the Arizona State Museum (ASM) at the University of Arizona into a consolidated storage space for the museum's collection of photographs documenting the history of Native Americans in the region. The project would identify appropriate and sustainable environmental parameters for the preservation of these photographs in the extreme desert climate of the American Southwest.

The Arizona State Museum proposes to conduct planning and assessment for the renovation and environmental improvement of three rooms where photographic collections are currently held. The proposal is to convert the three rooms (formerly offices) into one large climate controlled photographic archive suite with compact mobile shelving to maximize collections storage space. The creation of a climate controlled suite for long-term storage and curation requires reevaluation of the current environment and existing mechanical systems, and determination of appropriate and sustainable environmental parameters for the preservation of photographs in the desert climate. This study will also include a structural and electrical evaluation, preparation of architectural diagrams, development of physical design criteria, NHPA Section 106 Review, and implementation cost estimates. Completion of concept and schematic designs will enable further fundraising for implementation of renovations.

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Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology; Native American Studies

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$48,962 (approved)
$48,962 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2018