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PG-51785-12

Massachusetts State Library (Boston, MA 02133-1099)
Elvernoy Johnson (Project Director: 05/10/2011 to present)

Purchase Storage Materials to Preserve Archival Collections

The purchase of archival enclosures and book supports for the library's State Documents Collection. Dating from the late 1800s to present, the collection consists of 9,000 volumes of bound and unbound records from the Massachusetts legislature and various administrative agencies. The materials extensively document the state's history and culture, covering areas such as transportation, banking, agriculture, medicine, and civil defense. Volumes pertaining to Massachusetts' national prominence in education reform date from the 1830s and include reports authored by Horace Mann, first secretary of the Commonwealth's board of education. Work proposed in the project is the result of recommendations provided in a preservation survey supported by a previous Preservation Assistance Grant.

The State Library of Massachusetts requests a grant of $6,000 to continue a previously funded project to preserve materials in the State Documents Collection (SDC). The SDC is central to the library’s mission and collecting policy, is frequently used by patrons, and is a high priority collection in the library’s preservation survey due to the inherent vice of the materials and the environmental conditions of the storage space. Most items were produced by state agencies to report on agency business and to promote agency initiatives. Collections date from the late 1800s to present. This grant will treat unbound and soft-cover materials, with the goal of addressing short term environmental issues at the item level by providing preservation-quality enclosures. Appropriate height book supports will further stabilize the publications. This phase of the grant project will preserve approximately 9,000 items and add book supports to seventy percent of the stack ranges.

Project fields:
Law and Jurisprudence

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013