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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY 10458-5126)
Susan Fraser (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

LuEsther T. Mertz Library Digital Preservation Plan

A preservation assessment for digital resources at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library. The library has digitized portions of its collections covering topics ranging from the history of medicine to American botany, and the exploration of the Americas. Among its digital holdings are papers of the 19th-century naturalist John Torrey, who described and named thousands of plant species in North America, medieval plant identification and medical manuals, 24 volumes documenting Caribbean natural history ranging from 1673 to 1930, and nearly 300 volumes on the natural history of New York State.

The New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library requests a grant to hire a consultant to help develop a digital preservation plan for its digital resources. The holdings, dating from the 12th to 20th centuries, cover a range of humanities topics, from the history of medicine, to the evolution of American natural science, to North American, Caribbean, and Latin American exploration. They also focus on the United States' shift from an agrarian to industrial society, where horticulture plays primarily leisure, educational, and aesthetic roles. While the Library uses best practices, the digital collections have attained sufficient quantity to necessitate a long-term digital preservation plan with standards and policies for conservation. The consultant will assess the digital preservation needs and outline a preservation plan. Staff will use the report to complete a digital preservation plan that delineates objectives and timetables with benchmarks to aid implementation.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016