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PG-52456-15

Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC 27109-6000)
Tanya Zanish Belcher (Project Director: 05/05/2014 to present)

Facilities and Storage Assessment for Special Collections and Archives in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library

A preservation assessment of the library’s archives and special collections, with particular attention to its storage facilities.  Materials include 11,000 linear feet of historical records and manuscripts along with 70,000 rare books, with particular strengths in Irish, modernist, and African American literature.  Sources include papers of author, poet, and Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou, who taught at Wake Forest from 1982 to 2011, along with records of several North Carolina Baptist churches and associated worldwide missionary efforts.

This NEH Preservation Grant will hire a facilities consultant, Tom Wilsted. He will conduct an assessment of the physical facilities and issues relating to preservation and security for Special Collections and Archives in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University. At this point in time, the storage facilities are substandard, lacking climate control, possessing antiquated and inadequate shelving, poorly enclosed spaces, and lack security and fire suppression. The consultant will provide recommendations based on archival standards for storage. Fundraising is currently underway for the renovation of the Department’s public spaces, and this is an opportune time to examine the spaces housing the Department’s collections, to consider how they interact with new public spaces, and how they can also be renovated and improved.

Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,400 (approved)
$5,304 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016