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PG-51767-12

Society of the Divine Word (Techny, IL 60082)
Marcia Stein (Project Director: 05/04/2011 to present)

Preservation Assessment for Archival Collections

The hiring of a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of archival records, manuscripts, publications, photographs, architectural records, and audiovisual materials documenting the history of the Catholic Church and the missionary activities of the Society of the Divine Word from 1874 through the present.

The Robert M. Myers Archives houses the records of the Chicago Province, the main organizational unit of the Society of the Divine Word (Societas Verbi Divini, SVD) in North America. The collection consists of the institutional records of the Province, publications of the SVD, and papers of its missionaries from all over the world, as well as those ministering to underserved races and ethnic groups in the United States. Two areas of major interest to outside researchers are the records concerning the work of the SVD with African Americans in the South from 1906-1950 and Fu Jen University in Peking, China prior to the communist take-over in 1949. In addition to paper records and publications, the archives houses photographs, audio/video tapes, and 16 mm. films. The goal of the project is to obtain a complete General Collections Needs Assessment Survey of the Robert M. Myers Archives, to evaluate the preservation of the collection and determine the best preservation and conservation plans for the future.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,975 (approved)
$5,975 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013