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Connecticut Historical Society (Hartford, CT 06105)
Nancy Finlay (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Conservation Assessment of Single-Sheet Maps and Charts at the Connecticut Historical Society

A preservation assessment for a collection of nearly 1,000 maps and charts at the Connecticut Historical Society. The collection includes maps of Connecticut as well as maps by Connecticut cartographers and printers that document changes in the physical and political geography of the state while placing the role of Connecticut in the broader context of U.S. history. Exemplars include maps of Connecticut's historical territory in present-day Ohio, Civil War-era maps, and one copy of Abel Buell's "New and Correct Map of the United States of North America" (1784), the first U.S. map following the Treaty of Paris. The collections have been used in exhibits on U.S. history and are available for study by researchers, teachers, students, and the public.

This grant will fund a collections survey of approximately 1000 single-sheet maps. Many of these maps, such as Abel Buell's 1784 Map of the United States, are extremely rare and extremely valuable, and are important primary documents for the study of American history. Using computerized survey forms, Rebecca Johnston, Conservator of Paper at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC) and an assistant will conduct an on-site survey and prepare detailed condition reports for those maps requiring treatment, in preparation for a major conservation initiative to take place in 2015-2016.

Project fields:
American Studies; Geography; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,600 (approved)
$5,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015