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PG-258350-18

Chester County Historical Society (West Chester, PA 19380-2658)
Jasmine Smith (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Rehousing of Hidden Library Collections

The purchase of archival storage supplies for five collections of books, manuscripts, periodicals, ephemera, and media resources documenting Chester County, Pennsylvania. They include the Tom Chambers Collection documenting diversity and community social justice initiatives during Chambers’s three-term tenure as West Chester Mayor; architectural drawings from the Frens and Frens Restoration Architecture firm, including Historic Sugartown and Birmingham Friends Meeting House; a Postal History collection of rare stamps, postal covers, postmarks, and other ephemera; 125 years of the CCHS institutional archives; and over 75 linear feet of YWCA records capturing the experiences of African Americans and Women in Chester County between 1957 and 1996.

The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) requests a Preservation Assistance Grant to purchase protective storage enclosures for library manuscript collections that are currently inaccessible and inadequately housed. The CCHS Strategic Plan includes in the collections department mission the need to “gather, preserve, and provide access to CCHS’s extraordinary collection.” The collections targeted with this grant must be preserved and made accessible. Collection preservation through rehousing is specified in the institutional Preservation Plan 2011-2018, Objective C: “All collections are properly housed using appropriate storage materials.” Grant funds will be used to rehouse collections that capture: 1) minority communities and social justice movements, 2) postal history, 3) architectural history, and 4) CCHS’s role in the county. These four topics are underrepresented in available library collections and will build the Library’s limited documentation of 20th century history.

Project fields:
African American History; Architecture; U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,606 (approved)
$5,606 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019