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Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA 23005-1634)
Laurie A. Preston (Project Director: May 2015 to present)

Assessment of the Flavia Reed Owen Special Collections and Archives at McGraw-Page Library

A preservation assessment of the archives and special collections of the college, the oldest Methodist-affiliated academic institution in the United States.  Totaling over 675 linear feet, the collection includes books, diaries, maps, photographs, and artifacts pertaining to the history of the Methodist church in Virginia, and the nation more generally, from colonial times to the present.  Also contained are oral history recordings focusing on the history of the college as well as a rare book collection that holds the world’s largest set of publications by and about Giacomo Casanova.

The Flavia Reed Owen Special Collections and Archives in the McGraw-Page Library at Randolph-Macon College houses significant historical and literary collections that include the history of the oldest chartered Methodist college as well as the history of the Methodist church in Virginia; one of the largest collections of Casanova in the world; the local newspaper photo archive and other local history materials; a collection of rare volumes pertaining to the Intellectual Life of the Colonial South; and World War I codebreaking and ciphering materials. This grant would support a comprehensive preservation assessment. The consultant would provide an overview of the current condition of the collections, highlight specific problems, and provide guidance and a plan for addressing these issues over the short- and long-term. Additionally, the library would purchase monitoring devices to track the environmental conditions in the storage, display and work areas.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,375 (approved)
$5,081 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017