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Mercer Museum (Doylestown, PA 18901)
Cory M. Amsler (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Bound Manuscript Collection Survey, Training and Rehousing Project

The employment of a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment, train staff, and advise on rehousing a collection of bound manuscripts and related materials in the museum’s archives. The collection includes over 1,500 volumes of archival materials dating from the 1760s to the early 1900s, including account books, ledgers, minutes, scrapbooks, photographs, diaries, recipes, and school and church records. Highlights of the collection include an account book of the painter Edward Hicks (1780–1849), the journals of a local miller who witnessed many events of the Revolutionary War, and 19th-century photograph albums documenting life in the Delaware Valley and beyond. Additional manuscript materials illustrate the establishment of voluntary associations and soldiers’ aid societies and the development of civic life in the Mid-Atlantic region over nearly 200 years.

The Mercer Museum/Bucks County Historical Society proposes to survey, assess condition and re-house an important collection of bound manuscript and related materials in the museum’s Library/Archives. The collection contains approximately 1520 volumes, ranging from the mid-18th to the early 20th centuries. Volumes include account books, business ledgers, minute books, scrapbooks, photograph albums, diaries, recipe books, school and church records, and numerous other bound documents. The volumes, possessing both regional and national significance, currently rest on mobile shelving, and are stacked with no individual enclosures, covers or other housings to protect them from dust, abrasion, vibration, handling, etc. The project will feature a broad conservation assessment of the collection, training for staff and volunteers, and re-housing of selected volumes using appropriate materials and enclosures. Access to the collection will also be upgraded in RolloPAC, our on-line database.

Project fields:
Economic History; U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$4,923 (approved)
$4,923 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2015 – 7/31/2016