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Park Forest Historical Society (Park Forest, IL 60466-1619)
Jane Nicoll Stover (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Saving the History of Park Forest, Illinois

A preservation assessment for newspaper and oral history collections as well as the purchase of preservation supplies. The collections of the Park Forest Historical Society pertain to the history and development of Park Forest, Illinois, the first fully planned, post-World War II suburb of Chicago. These materials inform the study of postwar society, the nature of American urban life from the 1950s to the 1980s, commuter culture and suburbia, and American studies. Collections include 185 linear feet of records, including two local newspaper titles, scrapbooks, and photographs. Oral histories document urban development in the postwar era. These holdings have been used as primary sources for scholarly books, magazine articles, exhibitions, public programming, and educational programs.

The Preservation Assistance Grant would support assessment of the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive, documenting the first fully-planned post-World War II suburb, by a professional preservation consultant. The assessment would include the bulk of the collection in the Archive Office, including newspapers; and the Local History Files, and oral histories currently held at the Park Forest Public Library. This assessment of policies, practices and condition of physical collections, current storage and environmental conditions of the physical spaces will be used to prepare short and long term recommendations for future preservation, organization, and housing. The conservator doing the assessment will be Jennifer Hain Teper, Head of Preservation and Conservation at the University of Illinois Libraries. She will recommend purchase of preservation and storage supplies including archival boxes, folders and envelopes, labels, a PEM2 Datalogger, and a Particulate Vac Hepa vacuum.

Project fields:
African American History; U.S. History; Urban History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015