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PG-52178-14

Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages (Stony Brook, NY 11790-1931)
William Ayres (Project Director: 05/06/2013 to 01/16/2014)
Joshua Ruff (Project Director: 01/17/2014 to present)

The Long Island Museum - Environmental Monitoring and Rehousing Project

The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, storage furniture, and preservation re-housing supplies to enhance the care of the museum's permanent collection-over 40,000 items dating from the late 1700s to the present, including artifacts of everyday life, works of art, and nearly 200 historic carriages, including authentic 19th-century carriage-making tools in working order. The grant would allow staff to better track temperature and humidity levels and inform their decisions on consolidating collection storage areas. The museum serves a broad audience of seasonal tourists and local students, as well as scholars with particular interests in the art of William Sidney Mount and historic carriages.

This project represents a critical advancement for The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages to improve its collection storage monitoring and artifact care. The grant will support the purchase of dataloggers to monitor temperature and humidity in collection storage and exhibition spaces, as well as the development of an updated environmental monitoring program. The grant will also support the purchase of shelving and archival rehousing supplies for objects in the carriage collection. The project is a continuation of a larger-scale effort of collection storage improvements that began with an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for a conservation assessment in 2010 and continued in 2011 with another NEH grant that supported the initial steps to strengthen physical control of the collection by rehousing several major history and carriage collection storage areas. The present request focuses on the next important area of priority in the conservation assessment report.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; History, Other

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015