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University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Wendy Burk (Project Director: April 2015 to present)

Purchase of Preservation Supplies and Environmental Monitoring Equipment

The purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment for the center’s extensive collection of contemporary poetry, photographs, broadsides and recordings. Included in the collection are 45,000 volumes of poetry, 25,000 periodicals, 4,000 photographs, 400 broadsides, and 1,500 unique recordings. The collection, which is particularly comprehensive in the field of contemporary English-language poetry, is fully accessible and heavily used for scholarly and pedagogical purposes in the university. The University of Arizona Poetry Center’s collections also serve a broad spectrum of writers, readers, and researchers, including members of the local community and scholars from around the world.

The University of Arizona Poetry Center (UAPC) requests support from NEH to purchase preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment needed to fulfill recommendations made in UAPC's 2014 General Preservation Assessment, which was funded by an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions. Support from NEH will be used to purchase one handheld environmental monitor to measure visible light, ultraviolet light, temperature, and relative humidity; a museum vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter and variable speed rheostat; polyurethane foam book supports for safe handling and display of fragile items; and one two-shelf, four-wheel plastic cart for safe transport of collection items.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$4,243 (approved)
$4,243 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017