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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY 10458-5126)
Susan Fraser (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

LuEsther T. Mertz Library Preservation Plan and Updated Preservation Assessment

Development of a five-year strategic preservation plan and an update of the institution's current preservation plan for recently added materials or relocated items. The library's collections offer significant examples from the history of botanical illustration, papers of influential botanists and horticulturalists, as well as materials on the history of botanical scholarship in the U.S. during the early 19th century. They include 1,600 rare books, 2,300 folio collections, 5,200 books published prior to 1850, art and illustrations, and manuscript collections. The collections serve the needs of humanities scholars, writers, educators, and staff curators. Since 2012, researchers have used this collection in research for two published books and an exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library requests funding to hire a preservation consultant to assist Library staff in developing a 5-year strategic preservation plan for its humanities collections and updating an existing preservation assessment to reflect the current storage and environmental conditions of collections that have grown substantially or moved. The Library's holdings-books/folios, photographs, illustrations, documents, and architectural plans-trace the history of botany, botanical exploration, horticulture, bookmaking, and garden and landscape design in the United States and around the world, from the 12th century to the present. The consultant will work with staff to assess the collections' preservation needs, as well as develop a preservation plan that includes objectives and a timeline for enhancing the Library's institutional and collections policies, emergency preparedness, environment, storage, resources, and conservation.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015