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Maine Historical Society (Portland, ME 04101-3498)
John W. Mayer (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

MHS Environmental Monitoring Program - Equipment Update and Program Renewal

The purchase of dataloggers and consultation with a conservator who would review the museum's environmental monitoring program. This project would help the museum gain a better understanding of conditions under which humanities collections are stored and exhibited, and it would inform the museum's future preservation strategies. The historical society would monitor conditions for its library, archives, and museum collections, which include manuscripts, photographs, architectural and engineering drawings, maps, printed ephemera, rare books, decorative arts, fine and folk art, costumes and textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, domestic artifacts, and militaria. These extensive collections support the study of Maine's social, economic, political, and cultural history.

The Maine Historical Society, founded in 1822, has one of the largest, most diverse, and important collections of materials related to Maine history in the state. This grant will provide the funds needed to replace and bring up to date the environmental monitoring equipment used in collections areas in all three buildings on campus, and the funds needed to cover the expenses of the consulting conservator who will review monitoring methodology. Updating monitoring equipment is one of the top conservation priorities as identified in the MHS 2011 Preservation Plan. The goals of this project are to sustain and enhance our existing environmental monitoring program by replacing out-of-date data loggers with new equipment. Purchasing new equipment will bring our data loggers up to date and introduce new capacities for data analysis and management. This project would replace the existing but failing monitoring units with PEM2 loggers from the Image Permanence Institute.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,266 (approved)
$5,266 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015