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Regents of the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Christina Velazquez Fidler (Project Director: May 2014 to March 2017)
Preservation Assessment for the Archival Collections of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

A preservation assessment of the museum’s archival holdings, documenting the expeditions and research work of several natural scientists from the late 19th century to the present. Included are 350 manuscript collections, 211 annotated maps, 1,200 field note volumes, and 15,000 historic images providing detailed information on the history of wildlife conservation in California.  The sources have been used extensively for research on environmental history, the history of science, and the role of women in science.

The MVZ archives provide the historical, natural history, legal, and sociological context for the vertebrate specimens that comprise our museum’s unique collections. They document expeditions, research, and views of prominent western pioneers, evolutionary biologists, and conservationists from the late 19th century to present. The MVZ archives include field notes, annotated maps, correspondence, original artwork and photographic collections in various formats. These archives are used by historians, teachers, government agencies, scientists and public policymakers, and have formed the basis for projects on history of science, American history, and women in science. Frances Harrell, a preservation specialist at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, will conduct the assessment and it will be used for an application for an IMLS, Museums for America grant.

Project fields:
History, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$6,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 11/30/2016