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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (Kirksville, MO 63501-1443)
Debra Loguda-Summers (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Improvement of Museum Environmental Monitoring Equipment

The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, as well as the collection of data about and analysis of the storage environment conditions at the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and International Center for Osteopathic History. The museum preserves and interprets the history of osteopathic medicine and is a repository for materials that document the origin, growth, and practice of osteopathy. The collections include the manuscripts of Andrew Taylor Still, the father of osteopathic medicine, and over 60,000 items including paintings, photographs, journals, and books dating from the early 1800s to the present. Highlights of the museum’s holdings include objects that can inform the historical understanding of the development of holistic medicine in the U.S. include Still’s journals, photographs, and illustrations, documentation and equipment developed by osteopathic physicians in the early 20th century, and a garden of historic medicinal plants.

The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine (SM) and International Center for Osteopathic History (MOM-ICOH) serves as the primary repository for materials documenting the origins, growth, and practice of osteopathic medicine (1874–present). The Museum seeks to enhance its environmental conditions for the ongoing preservation and care of its unique humanities collection. Within an 18-month period (January 1, 2015–June 30, 2016), MOM-ICOH proposes to purchase and install critically needed environmental monitoring equipment, collect and analyze relative humidity and temperature in strategic locations throughout the Museum, and enhance the monitoring plan and procedures to maintain appropriate environment for long-term preservation of the collection.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$1,625 (approved)
$1,625 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016