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Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation, Corp. (Granville, MA 01034)
Robert Stewart (Project Director: April 2017 to present)

Collections Preservation Assessment

Staff training in collections care and the purchase of storage furniture to help preserve 154 linear feet of business records and more than 1,000 musical drums and toys produced by the Massachusetts manufacturing firm of Noble & Cooley between 1860 and 2000.  


NCCHP’s collections consist of thousands of Noble & Cooley business records (154 linear feet dating between 1892 and 1933 rehoused so far) and over 1,000 historical musical drums and musical and non-musical toys that Noble & Cooley manufactured. These collections are significant to the humanities because they reflect not only the history of American small town manufacturing ingenuity and prowess since the mid-1800’s, but also show the evolution of American historic events and cultural trends. This grant application is seeking a general preservation assessment of these historical documents, musical instruments, and toys. The focus will be on collection management, preservation planning, storage, handling, care of exhibited objects, and prioritization for conservation. The grant will also provide personnel training through workshops and webinars and the purchase of a flat drawer cabinet to house large archival documents. The project period will be January 2, 2018 to June 28, 2019.

Project fields:
History, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$7,000 (approved)
$7,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019