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Chester County Historical Society (West Chester, PA 19380-2658)
Ellen Endslow (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Light Monitoring and UV Filtration for the Chester County Historical Society

The purchase of UV light filters and a light meter to improve the environment of the museum, library, and photo archives of the Chester County Historical Society. The collections span three centuries and document the history of one of the nation's earliest settlements. The museum collection numbers 80,000 objects and includes decorative arts, furniture, and paintings from the Delaware Valley. Represented in the collection are noted regional artists Andrew Wyeth, Horace Pippin, and Benjamin West. The library houses over 500,000 books, maps, and manuscripts, including letters, diaries, and genealogical files. Among them, the Buffington-Marshall family papers illuminate the agricultural, legal, and social history of the area in the 18th century. The photo archives, with 100,000 objects, spans the history of photography and covers such topics as the Civil War and the Chester County Quaker community. Of particular note are an 1848 daguerreotype of a young Frederick Douglass and cyanotypes made by Maxfield Parrish.

The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) requests funds to purchase UV filters for existing track lighting in permanent galleries. CCHS's contribution will include a portion of that cost, a light meter to monitor visible and UV light levels in the exhibition galleries and collections storage areas, and a minimal number of UV filters for florescent tubes in storage areas. This is a top priority listed in the Preservation Plan 2011-2018 to improve the environment for and care of museum, library and photo archives collections.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015