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PG-52278-14

Chapman College (Orange, CA 92866-1099)
Kevin Ross (Project Director: 05/06/2013 to present)

Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives Preservation Assessment

A preservation assessment, emergency preparedness evaluation and disaster plan, and the purchase of an environmental monitor for the collections at the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives at Chapman University. The university's books, photographs, manuscripts, and audiovisual materials document important events in the history of Chapman University, California, and the United States. A rare book collection including 869 volumes, pamphlets, and serials features Bibles, religious texts, and materials documenting the Disciples of Christ religious movement, the founders of Chapman University in 1920. Among manuscript holdings spanning 717 linear feet are notable collections focusing on the early motion picture industry, the 1986 NASA Challenger disaster, the television show "California's Gold," and 90,000 letters to and from American veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present.

The Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) at Chapman University seeks NEH funding to improve humanities collection preservation as well as emergency preparedness and response capabilities. The activities funded by this grant include: (1) an overall preservation assessment of the collection by an expert who is knowledgeable in books, photos, manuscripts, and AV materials; (2) an emergency preparedness assessment and a written disaster plan for collections and staff; and (3) the purchase of an environmental monitor to help manage the collection environment.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,260 (approved)
$5,260 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015