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Texas State Library and Archives Commission (Austin, TX 78711)
Alana Inman (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center: Environmental Monitoring Equipment and Supplies

The purchase of supplies and equipment to address the findings of a previous preservation assessment, including environmental monitoring and the protection of collections from ultraviolet and visible light and water incursion. The center's collections, including approximately 4,300 cubic feet of local government records, 5,100 cubic feet of manuscripts, 15,000 fine art prints and photographs, 19,000 blueprints and maps, 44 editions of newspapers, 5,300 books and journals, 20,000 artifacts, and various audiovisual materials and microfilm reels, document the history of Southeast Texas. Significant items include Sam Houston's private executive record from his second term as president of the Republic of Texas (1841-44), a diary purported to be that of Gulf Coast pirate Jean Lafitte, and photographs documenting the early 20th-century lumber industry. The rich history of Southeast Texas is also reflected in collections of Native American artifacts, archaeological remains of a mission, and furnishings belonging to European settlers. Documents and photographs offer insights into the separation from Mexico, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the discovery of oil in the region, the Cold War, and include a large collection of geological, political, road, and topographical maps of Southeast Texas.

This grant would support the purchase of materials and equipment necessary to address three key findings of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center's preservation assessment: 1) the high levels of ultraviolet and visible light, 2) the need for additional environmental monitoring, and 3) the protection of collections against water incursion. According to LYRASIS consultant Tom Clareson's preliminary report, these issues must be addressed to improve overall preservation conditions for the Center's collections. The Center's materials document Southeast Texas' contribution to state and national history. This grant would protect these unique items by providing sun control window film for the main building's exterior windows and those of most concern in the Jean and Price Daniel Home and Archives; five Preservation Environment Monitors to monitor conditions in all records storage areas; and nine water detectors to alert staff to incursions in the main and all other buildings.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015