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Women's Museum of California (San Diego, CA 92106-6011)
Charla Wilson (Project Director: May 2016 to January 2017)
Julia Friedman (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Improving Disaster Preparedness and Response and Environmental Monitoring at the Women’s Museum of California

The purchase of disaster preparedness, storage, and environmental monitoring supplies with a focus on safeguarding collections against the risks of theft and earthquake.  The holdings of the library, archive, and museum help to document women’s history in the United States, with a particular focus on California. They include approximately 5,000 books, journals, audiovisual materials and oral histories from the 1800s to the present; special collections documenting women’s activities in politics, agriculture, economics, and culture; and art, artifacts, and fashion items dating from the 1600s to the 1970s.  Notable items in the collection include the papers of California suffragist Alice Park and California Senator Lucy Killea and a first edition of The History of Women’s Suffrage, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper.

The Women's Museum of California is requesting support from the National Endowment for the Humanities to purchase disaster preparedness and response supplies and environmental monitoring equipment needed to fulfill recommendations from a 2015 CalPreservation Collection Assessment. Support from the National Endowment for the Humanities will be used to purchase a stash of emergency supplies, sturdier shelving, earthquake straps, a security alarm, water detector, and PEM2.  The Women's Museum of California is one of six museums that exclusively focuses on women's history in the nation, and is the only women's museum on the West Coast. The purchase of these supplies will prolong the life of its Archival Collection, Historic Clothing, Costume, and Textile Collection, Library and Special Collections.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Women's History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$4,956 (approved)
$3,361 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2019