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PG-52248-14

University of North Carolina, Wilmington (Wilmington, NC 28403-3201)
Adina Riggins (Project Director: 05/06/2013 to present)

Preservation Assessment at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

A preservation assessment of the university's rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials documenting the history, mission, and curriculum of the university and the history of the lower Cape Fear Region of North Carolina. Collections include the Southeast North Carolina Collection (approximately 4,100 magazines, newsletters, and other items pertaining to the creative output of the region), the rare books collection (approximately 12,650 books including the William Gillen History of Medicine Collection dating to the 1600s), and manuscript collections that have been used by scholars and the public for projects on the Civil War, religion in North Carolina, the history of medicine, and civil rights.

This project proposes hiring a preservation consultant to survey Special Collections and University Archives at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) to make prioritized recommendations for improving collection care. Special Collections and University Archives in William Madison Randall Library include rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other unique materials that document the history of the lower Cape Fear region, support the mission or curriculum of the university, or document the history of the university. These collections support research, education, and lifelong learning for students, faculty, and residents of Southeastern North Carolina, as well as for a broad scholarly community. The assessment report will cover environmental, storage, and handling procedures, helping the staff to take action to ensure the long-term preservation of collections based on prioritized collection needs.

Project fields:
Arts, General; History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$5,980 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015