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Amherst College (Amherst, MA 01002-2372)
Michael Kelly (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Preservation Training and Supplies for Handling and Storage of Oversize Materials

A preservation training workshop and the purchase of preservation-quality supplies to rehouse more than 70 oversized items from a variety of collections held by the Archives and Special Collections unit. Many of the items are tightly rolled inside tubes that are too small, and the library’s staff do not have the necessary experience to remove and rehouse them safely. The items include oversized posters and prints related to the Native American literature collection, as well as large-format maps and other pedagogical materials from the Natural History collection. Rehousing these materials would make them accessible to researchers and students for study, and the training would benefit current staff, as well as colleagues from other local instituions who would be invited to attend.

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC) of Amherst College is seeking support to hold a preservation training workshop in caring for oversize materials and to purchase supplies to be used during and after the workshop to rehouse oversize rolled materials. The training will be provided by the NEDCC and attended by ASC staff and local colleagues. This project will improve intellectual control, access to, and longevity of oversize materials found throughout ASC’s collections. Materials positively impacted by this project will be found in all of Amherst’s collecting areas: Native American literature, alternative press and political activism, literature and theater history collections, natural history collections, and history of liberal arts education and public service collections. These collections are used extensively by students and faculty at Amherst College and by scholars throughout the country and world, both in-person and through our online repository.

Project fields:
Arts, General; History, General; Literature, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019