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University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Wendy Burk (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

University of Arizona Poetry Center General Preservation Assessment

A preservation assessment of the University of Arizona Poetry Center's collections, which include 41,000 volumes of poetry, 25,000 serials issues, 4,000 photographs, 1,500 sound recordings, 400 broadsides, and 105 linear feet of institutional records. These materials document the center's history, illustrate southern Arizona's literary landscape, and record visits of nationally recognized poets. The library receives over 10,000 visits annually from the general public and students, and the materials support educational outreach activities to the Tucson area.

The University of Arizona Poetry Center (UAPC) requests support from NEH to conduct a preservation assessment of its holdings, environmental control system, and policies governing the long-term care of one of the most comprehensive and accessible collections of contemporary poetry in the U.S. With this assistance, UAPC will hire a recognized preservation consultant to assess the collection's storage, display, and environmental conditions and provide short- and long-term strategies to optimize preservation. The assessment will include development and implementation of a disaster preparedness and recovery plan. Recommendations from the assessment will be used to set new policies and procedures for UAPC's staff and will be communicated to stakeholders, including the Dean of the University of Arizona College of Humanities and UAPC's Advisory Board and Development Committee, to better integrate preservation practice into the Center's ongoing strategic planning and development activities.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,809 (approved)
$5,809 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015