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University of Alabama, Huntsville (Huntsville, AL 35805-1911)
Reagan L. Grimsley (Project Director: May 2018 to March 2022)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

[Media coverage]

$5,996 (approved)
$5,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019

Improving Environmental Monitoring and Document Enclosures at The University of Alabama in Huntsville

The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and archival storage supplies for the University of Alabama, Huntsville’s Special Collections and Archives, which has collecting strengths in the history of aerospace and flight, local and regional politics, and the history of Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley.  Among the 3,200 linear feet of archival materials are the architectural drawings, maps, and research of architect Harvie P. Jones, who frequently worked on historic preservation projects; a 114-linear feet collection of northern Alabama’s Huntsville family covering the period from 1810 to 1990; the business records of the historic Harrison Brothers Hardware Company founded in 1879; and the papers of U.S. Congressman Robert E. Jones, Jr, who was instrumental in the passage of the 1949 Rural Housing Act and co-authored the Interstate Highway Act.

Special Collections and Archives at The University of Alabama in Huntsville proposes to improve environmental monitoring with better monitoring equipment and to facilitate preservation of archival materials with document enclosures. This grant will purchase acid free boxes and folders for the humanities materials housed in the archives, monitoring equipment to help measure the stability of the environment, and flat files to facilitate the storage of oversized materials.