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Date range: 2012-2012
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Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc. (Pomona, CA 91768-2557)
Danette Cook-Adamson (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51479-12
Library Special Collections Preservation Enhancements

The purchase of rehousing supplies, a flat-file cabinet for storage, and environmental monitoring equipment to preserve the university's special collections, which include materials documenting the history of the wine industry and United Farm Workers in the region, the unpublished poems and papers of Virginia Hamilton Adair, as well as renderings and photographs of the Tournament of Roses parade floats. The collections serve student research interests and university exhibits; doctoral-level students and journalists make regular use of the wine industry collection, in particular.

We are seeking funding to implement improvements to housing and caring for our collections, based on specific recommendations from a preservation consultant. It is essential for us to make these improvements as soon as possible in order to properly care for our unique collections which relate to the subjects of history and poetry, and also include some art works.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,971 (approved); $5,971 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Leo Baeck Institute, Inc. (New York, NY 10021-3502)
Renate Evers (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51480-12
Purchasing Preservation Materials to Preserve a Rare Book Collection

The purchase of rehousing supplies for three collections of rare books in the field of German Judaica from the 15th through the 20th centuries. Of national and international scholarly interest, these materials represent unique primary resources on a wide variety of topics, including the Renaissance controversy between Christian Hebraist Johannes Reuchlin and the anti-Jewish agitator Johannes Pfefferkorn; 17th- and 18th-century works on Jewish history and culture; and works that document the emergence of modern and secularized Jewish scholarship (the "Science of Judaism").

The grant would support the purchase of 78 protective boxes and 466 pamphlet enclosures for three newly acquired collections of rare books at the Library of the Leo Baeck Institute New York. A 2010 preservation survey strongly recommended acquiring these supplies to stabilize and protect the collections and to facilitate their handling. The preservation assessment was conducted by the Book Conservator Nelly Balloffet of Paper Star Associates, Inc., Ossining, NY, a company for book and paper conservation and library service. This preservation assessment was funded by a 2009/2010 NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions. The Leo Baeck Institute was established in New York in 1955 by German-Jewish refugees, who saw the mission of the Institute as the reconstruction of the once-flourishing tradition and culture of the German-speaking Jewry of Central Europe that were destined to be extinguished in the Holocaust.

Project fields: European History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Osterville Historical Museum (Osterville, MA 02655-2427)
Cynthia Hall (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - 02/26/2013); Jennifer Williams (Project Director, 02/27/2013 - present)
PG-51493-12
Preservation Assessment of Archival Collections

A preservation assessment of the museum's archival collections, which number some 7,500 items and include photographs, daguerreotypes, tintypes, glass lantern slides, correspondence, ships' logs, and account books, as well as the papers of local organizations. The collections, which are housed in an 1824 sea captain's home, document the history of a coastal village in Massachusetts.

The archive collection is a chronicle of Osterville’s history.The collection consists of donated photographs, deeds, maps, account books, ship’s logs, letters, books, & postcards donated by families & individuals.The documents date from 1718-1960 showing the growth, change, and timelessness of a Massachusett's coastal village.The expanding collection speaks to the history of the emerging United States and the importance of coastal shipping, fishing, & boat building during the early years of the nation.The collection also shows the impact of railroad transportation, industrialization and urbanization, and the revitalization and economic stimulus that tourism later brought to Cape Cod.The NEH grant would enable the Osterville Historical Museum to hire a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center who would perform an assessment which would provide short-term recommendations for remedial improvements and planning priorities for long-term improvements to climate control, security & fire protection.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,128 (approved); $5,128 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources (Smackover, AR 71762-9575)
Shannon Whetzel (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51500-12
Purchasing Storage Furniture to Preserve History Collections

The purchase of storage shelving and preservation materials to rehouse and preserve history collections. The collections consist of farm equipment, timber industry tools, oil field equipment, oral histories, and photographs that document the history of daily life and economic development in southern Arkansas from 1920 to the present.

The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources (AMNR) collection consists of items that preserve the history of south Arkansas through its natural resources including agriculture, timber, petroleum, and brine. Our collection contains a variety of materials: farm equipment, cotton scales, timber industry tools, oil field equipment, photographs from the 1920s and oral histories. Prior to 1921, farming and timber production were the predominant industries in the area. Once oil was discovered, it set off a wild boom town era that lasted approximately five years. AMNR provides a repository for this history and continues to tell the story through its collection. This collection is significant not only because it preserves the history of the area, but also because we are one of the few historical repositories in the area. In the past few years, our storage space has become a major issue. This grant would support the purchase of more shelves to expand our storage space by 750 square feet.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,756 (approved); $5,756 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-1168)
Lynne Swanson (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51503-12
Purchase of Storage Furniture to Preserve Ethnographic Collections at the Michigan State University Museum

The purchase of a storage cabinet for the rehousing of the Michigan State University Museum's international collection of ethnographic dolls, puppets, and marionettes. Highlights of the collection include wood and fabric puppets from China, Vietnam, and Indonesia; string marionettes from India, Myanmar, Thailand, and Nepal; shadow puppets from Cambodia and Bali; handmade dolls from Africa; and costume dolls dressed in traditional clothing from Europe and South and Central America. The museum uses the collection in programming and teaching to examine traditions of play and costume that are rapidly changing.

The focus of this project for the Michigan State University Museum is the Doris Neilson doll collection consisting of 160 dolls, puppets, marionettes and doll-related items made by indigenous peoples from many cultures.This doll collection is incredibly comprehensive and presents dolls and puppets from many different cultures throughout the world. It is important to preserve this collection as it represents past and current entertainment traditions, and also documents traditional costumes from many cultures, especially as some of these customs and manners of dress are changing and becoming more homogenous over time. These collections are used for research, education, and exhibition projects. With the proposed Preservation Assistance Grant, the MSU Museum will purchase a museum-quality storage cabinet and archival material to house the Doris Neilson doll collection. The funds will also enable us to hire a student intern for six months to assist with the rehousing project.

Project fields: Anthropology
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $3,500 (approved); $3,500 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI 48859-0001)
Jay Martin (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51505-12
Disaster Training for Staff and Purchase of Emergency Preparedness Materials to Preserve Museum Collections

The purchase of disaster recovery kits and the training of two staff members from the Museum of Cultural and Natural History in emergency preparedness and response. The museum holds over 48,000 objects, with history collections focused on the settlement of central Michigan from the 1840s to the present. They are used in exhibitions, school lending programs, and university teaching and research. The training would enable the museum to develop a disaster preparedness plan, and the trained staff members would also incorporate new content about emergency planning into the university's museum studies courses.

This grant will support disaster training for staff at the Museum of Cultural and Natural History (MCNH) at Central Michigan University, and also support the purchase of emergency preparedness kits for the museum. This will help the museum to move forward with recommendations from its 2007 CAP assessment.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier, VT 05602-3145)
Mary Welz (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51508-12
Preservation Assessment, Staff Training, and Preservation Materials to Preserve Archival Collections

The hiring of two consultants to conduct a preservation assessment, training in collections care, and the purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment. The collections include archival records, manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, books, and serials documenting the founding of the college as a seminary in 1834, and the religious and social history of Vermont.

The grant will support preservation planning and remedial care for the historical collections of Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). These long-neglected collections span the 177 year history of this well-known Vermont institution and consist of approximately 2800 objects and 120 linear feet of documents pertaining to the history of the school, Vermont, and social, educational and religious changes from the early 19th century on. The proposed grant will support the purchase of archival file boxes and rolling shelving units, an environmental datalogger, and three on-site visits from two collections care consultants. These visits will result in a formal conservation assessment survey, a long-range preservation plan, and a collections management policy as well as a training session for volunteers in basic object handling and inventory and a public presentation on collections care. The grant project will set VCFA on a path towards responsible stewardship of its collections.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,697 (approved); $5,697 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 4/30/2014

Danish Immigrant Museum (Elk Horn, IA 51531-2116)
Angela Stanford (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51520-12
Materials to Preserve Paintings, Works on Paper, and Photographs

The purchase of storage supplies and equipment to rehouse a collection of 800 paintings, photographs, and works on paper ranging from the mid-19th century to the present and documenting the history and artistic production of Danish immigrants and Danish Americans.

The Danish Immigrant Museum seeks funding for archival supplies and equipment required in inventorying, digitizing, and rehousing 800 framed paintings, photographs, and works on paper in the museum collection. These pieces are part of a larger museum collection of 35,000 items that range from textiles to furniture to household objects, all of which relate to the stories of Danish immigrants and Danish Americans. The framed artifacts in particular are strong in both artistic achievements and documentation of Danish Americans, which supports the museum’s mission as the national museum to preserve and promote Danish-American culture and experience. NEH funds will be directed to the purchase of acid-free cardboard, archival folders, and a painting cart for the safe movement of framed artifacts. This project will begin January 2012 and be completed by the end of June 2012.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $1,971 (approved); $1,971 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

County of Tuolumne Carlo M. De Ferrari Archive (Sonora, CA 95370-4618)
Charles Dyer (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51529-12
Preservation Assessment and Purchase of Storage Materials to Preserve Archival Collections

The hiring of a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment for a collection comprising over 4,700 boxes of archival materials and more than 4,300 rare books and newspapers documenting the history of Tuolumne County in north-central California. These sources support research on the mid-19th century Gold Rush and its aftermath and include records pertaining to law and justice, social entertainment, and the impact of gold mining on natural resources. The collection also contains primary and secondary source material on the history of California's mining, logging, and film industries; the establishment of railroads and highways; and African American and Latino community experiences.

The grant would fully cover the cost of a consultant to conduct a general preservation assessment of our Archive’s historical collection. This professional assessment will provide recommendations in three areas: a)short-term recommendations on remedial improvements to storage, including equipment and conditions; b) long-term improvements to storage conditions, including storage and other equipment necessary to support the recommendations; and c) integrating the preservation needs of the collection into the planning of the collection’s activities and overall strategic planning of the Archive.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $4,357 (approved); $4,357 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA 31698-0100)
Deborah Davis (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51534-12
Digital Preservation Readiness Assessment

A preservation assessment of the university's digital collections and the development of a digital preservation policy for over 500 gigabytes of material documenting the history of the university and the culture and folklife of southern Georgia in the 20th century.

The VSU Archives and Special Collections has thousands of digital files in varied formats. We have recently acquired our first 5 TB storage disk array and have begun to consolidate all files not currently on CD or DVD. This material includes some of our most popular collections, such as the South Georgia Folklife Collection, our East African Art and Artifact collection, and our indexes to newspapers and collections. Digital records are becoming critical to our archives. In the last six months, prior to our storage array acquisition, we lost over 80 GB of data from three external hard drives and four PC’s. While the storage array can help safeguard our data, we have no consistent policies and procedures for tracking materials, nor any overall strategy for digital preservation. Working with consultants from LYRASIS, we will conduct a digital inventory and then a digital preservation readiness assessment.

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Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

American Precision Museum, Inc. (Windsor, VT 05089-1312)
Beau Harris (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51535-12
Purchase of Environmental Monitoring Equipment to Preserve Historic Collections

The purchase of equipment to monitor environmental conditions for collections housed in the 1846 National Historic Landmark Robbins and Lawrence Armory, an international engineering heritage site. The museum's holdings document the history of precision manufacturing and include machine tools, models, and firearms, which date from 1820 to the mid-20th century, as well as books and records from 19th-century machine tool companies.

The American Precision Museum will purchase 11 PEM environmental monitoring data loggers to improve information management and the quality of data we have been gathering since 2005. The museum will also buy its first handheld equipment to monitor visible light, ultraviolet light and temperature and relative humidity conditions - needed for collections care and exhibits development. The purchases are based on recent recommendations by consulting conservators. The museum’s collections are primarily machine tools and the products of precision manufacturing including firearms, sewing machines, and typewriters, supported by related archival and library holdings.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,599 (approved); $5,599 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages (Stony Brook, NY 11790-1931)
William Ayres (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - 09/22/2013)
PG-51538-12
Purchase of Storage Furniture and Preservation Materials to Preserve Historic and Textile Collections

The purchase of shelving and storage supplies for the rehousing of selected artifacts from the museum's history and carriage collections. These material culture holdings document the history of Long Island from the 19th through the late 20th centuries. Storage conditions would be improved for textiles, ceramics and glass, and carriage and harness-making tools.

The objects that are the focus of this project - rare harnesses and non-vehicular carriage artifacts, fragile nineteenth-century textiles, and some 700 specimens of fine ceramics and glass - are important examples from both Long Island regional and national history. Relocating and properly storing these 3,650 artifacts represents a crucial first step in a long-range effort to raise all storage areas to the same level of consistently excellent care. As recommended by a 2010 NEH Preservation Assistance-funded conservation survey, this project will take key steps to improve collection storage by moving and rehousing artifacts currently stored in non-climatized spaces. The conservation survey advised a series of short- and long-term steps to improving collection care, but the steps represented in this project to gain physical control over problematic collection spaces were recognized as the most urgent and critical.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Weber State University (Ogden, UT 84408-0001)
Sarah Langsdon (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51564-12
Preservation Assessment to Preserve University Archives and Special Collections

A preservation assessment of the university's archives and special collections, including 45,000 rare books and 3,100 linear feet of manuscripts, photographs, architectural drawings, and political and business records documenting the history of the university and Utah from 1880 through the present. Among the university's key holdings are the records of the Utah Construction Company, which participated in the construction of the Hoover Dam and the Alaska-Canadian Highway, built during World War II for the purpose of connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States.

With the help of a preservation consultant,Weber State University Stewart Library Special Collections and University Archives will undertake a preservation assessment of its holdings to define an optimal, long-term strategy for the care of its collections. After forty years, the library has never had an assessment completed. This assessment will look at the collections including signed first editions, rare books, manuscript collections such as Utah Construction Company/Utah International, diaries, university archives of presidential collections and photographs. These collections are used by humanities scholars regionally (WSU has over 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students), as well as international scholars. This preservation assessment will provide the institution with information pertaining to the following issues: policies related to collection care, repair and replication; current physical facilities and environmental conditions; exhibits; security; and emergency preparedness.

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Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,930 (approved); $5,930 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Jacksonville Historical Society, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL 32202-2217)
Emily Lisska (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51567-12
Purchase Storage Materials to Preserve Archival Collections

The purchase of archival storage supplies for collections of personal papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and mercantile documents related to the history of Jacksonville and northeast Florida.

The Jacksonville Historical Society seeks funds to purchase archival storage supplies for 7 collections in its archival repository. These collections consist of the personal papers of prominent African American leader Joseph E. Lee, the internal papers of the Jacksonville Terminal Company, and hundreds of documents and photographs related to Jacksonville’s Merrill family and its shipbuilding companies. Also included are Jacksonville Board of Trade minutes from 1901-1939, photo albums and scrapbooks related to prominent Jacksonville families and schools from 1900-1920, as well as images of the Spanish-American War in Jacksonville and the city’s Cohen Brothers’ Department Store. Among the research topics for which these collections would be an invaluable resource are efforts on the home front to support U.S. troops fighting abroad, the development of railroads in Florida, and life for African Americans, women, and middle and upper class families living in the early 20th century South.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,082 (approved); $5,082 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (San Angelo, TX 76903-6911)
Karen Zimmerly (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51568-12
Preservation Assessment for a Collection of Mexican and Spanish Colonial Religious Art

Hiring a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of a recently acquired collection of 131 Mexican and Spanish Colonial religious works of art, most from the 19th century, including painted tin retablos, paintings on wood and canvas, carved wooden santos, crucifixes, and architectural elements. The consultant would make proposals for conservation treatment and provide recommendations for improving storage and environmental conditions.

The museum was presented a gift of Mexican Spanish Colonial artifacts that is comprised of 131 objects including paintings on wood, canvas, and tin, carved wooden statues, crucifixes, architectural elements, and miscellaneous objects. The objects date largely to the mid- to late-19th century. These artifacts have been inventoried and photographed, but at this point none of the objects have been accessioned into the museum’s collection. This collection fits accurately in the guidelines of our Collections Policy and is germane to our region and the population, since San Angelo lies relatively close to the Mexican border and has a population that is over 40% Hispanic. It is thus very important to conserve these artifacts and keep them in stable condition. This grant would fund a survey of this collection by a professional objects conservator, which would enable the Museum to determine the next steps needed for proper conservation and provide an idea of the costs involved.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $3,550 (approved); $3,550 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61801-3644)
Laura Kozuch (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51569-12
Preservation Assessment and Purchase of Environmental Monitoring Equipment to Preserve Archaeological Collections

A conservation assessment of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey's non-federal collections that include 54,450 excavation records, 95,125 photographs, 22,819 maps, and 1 million artifacts excavated since 1920 that document the prehistory of the state. Among these are materials from Cahokia, a mound site. Environmental monitors recommended by a consultant would also be purchased. This evaluation would help guide the facility's staff on building upgrades, collection management, and climate monitoring and control.

This project will help the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) at the University of Illinois to have a preservation assessment performed of our facilities that house archaeological collections and associated documents. The last assessment was conducted in 1998 by Catherine Sease. Since that time, all collections and facilities have moved to different buildings on and off campus. To help monitor storage conditions, we will purchase additional electronic PEM2 climate monitors from the Image Permanence Institute to replace our older hygrothermographs. ISAS curates about 12,000 boxes (cubic feet) of archaeological materials in permanent facilities, including 54,450 lots of artifacts from Cahokia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although storage furniture and climate conditions have greatly improved due to many upgrades, we would like to utilize the expertise of a trained conservator to help guide us in our next steps.

Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,996 (approved); $5,996 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 12/31/2013

Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City, NC 27909-9913)
Jean Bischoff (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51571-12
Preservation and Rehousing Storage Materials for the University Archives

The purchase of preservation-quality shelving and supplies to rehouse 5,000 photographic images that include glass-plate negatives, film negatives, and positive prints documenting the history of the university, founded in 1891 as the Elizabeth City Colored Normal School. The archives and image collections of this Historic Black College and University were surveyed by preservation specialists as part of an earlier NEH Preservation Assistance Grant which determined that the rehousing of the photographic collection was a priority.

Preservation Assistance Grant funding of $6,000 would support the purchase and installation of powder-coated steel shelving for a principal archival storage area which houses the photograph collection in ECSU’s G.R. Little Library, as well as the purchase of preservation enclosures and supplies. In the 2009 NEH-funded preservation survey, Lyrasis consultants stated “It is essential that proper and adequate shelving and housing be acquired for the materials in ECSU’s Special Collections and Archives.” ECSU has taken the first step to enhance preservation and access to collections by replacing 393 linear feet of inadequate shelving with archival steel shelving, and seeks to continue acquiring additional repositionable storage units and needed preservation supplies.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,630 (approved); $5,544 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Lake County Forest Preserves (Libertyville, IL 60084)
Christine Pyle (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51574-12
Preservation Assessment of the Lake County Discovery Museum's Collections

Consultation with a conservator to plan for the move of the Lake County Discovery Museum's collections into a recently purchased building. The holdings document the social, cultural, and economic history of Lake County, Illinois, and include 25,000 items of furniture and clothing, fine and decorative arts, and tools and machinery as well as a large archival collection of photographs, diaries, manuscripts, and maps. The museum also preserves the Curt Teich Archive, which contains more than two million postcards with images representing everyday life in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

The Lake County Discovery Museum will hire a museum conservation consultant to assist in preparing a plan for relocating collections to a new facility. The collection contains objects and archival materials representing the cultural and environmental history of Lake County, Illinois, dating from prehistoric times to the present day, the history and significance of postcards world-wide from the 1880s to the present, and postcard printing technology from 1898 through 1978. The need for improved storage facilities was cited in a Conservation Assessment Program grant survey completed in 2008. The conservation consultant will provide recommendations and plans for appropriate and space-efficient storage areas, and advise on sustainable environmental conditions for the different types of collections.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2011 – 6/30/2012

Century Association Archives Foundation (New York, NY 10036-7402)
Russell Flinchum (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51584-12
Staff Training and Environmental Monitoring Equipment to Preserve Archival Collections

The development of an environmental monitoring program to preserve collections of books, manuscripts, audiovisual materials, and exhibition records held by the Century Association, a club established in 1847 to promote the fine arts and literature in New York City. The collection includes classic works in the history of architecture and landscape architecture, as well as records of numerous art exhibitions (from 1869-1920 and 1942-present) that provide a glimpse into the careers of prominent artists, such as Winslow Homer, and the development of American art.

The Century Association Archives requests $5108 for the initiation of an environmental monitoring program. Funds from this grant will purchase data loggers, software, and a light meter, as well as a two-day workshop on environmental monitoring for Archives staff. After training, the Archivist will undertake a one-year initiative to monitor key locations within the Archives’ storage and exhibition spaces. Upon completion of this year-long initiative, the remainder of the grant funds will be used to create a report analyzing the current state of climate control within the Archives, and making recommendations for additional improvements.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,108 (approved); $5,108 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Woodstock Artists Association, Inc. (Woodstock, NY 12498-1233)
Josephine Bloodgood (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51585-12
Preservation Assessment to Preserve Art Collections

Hiring a conservation team to conduct an assessment of storage for a collection of 2,100 works of art associated with the Woodstock Art Colony, founded in 1919. The collection consists of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, decorative arts, and photography that document styles and movements in American art, including Arts and Crafts, Works Progress Administration-era, and Abstract Expressionism, as well as contemporary works up to the present.

Funds received from this grant would support an assessment by qualified conservation consultants of the storage needs, including storage equipment, space, and climate requirements, for approximately 2,100 works of art in the collection of the Woodstock Artists Association, Inc. (a.k.a. Woodstock Artists Association & Museum or WAAM). The WAAM is in critical need of short- and long-term solutions for their collection storage needs. Conservator assessments and reports will provide WAAM a set of recommendations that point out weaknesses in existing storage and will enable improvements and upgrades to the existing storage in the short term. The assessment will also be undertaken in conjunction with similar evaluations being conducted at WAAM’s partner organizations in the Hudson Valley Visual Arts Collection Consortium. The long-term goal of this joint undertaking is the development of a regional collection storage facility and study center to ensure state-of-the-art care.

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Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $4,695 (approved); $4,695 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Colony Memorial Trust (Keene, NH 03431-3780)
Anita Carroll-Weldon (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51590-12
Preservation Needs Assessment of Collections in the Horatio Colony House Museum

A preservation assessment of furniture, fine and decorative arts, photographs, manuscripts, and other archival materials that belonged to three generations of the Joslin/Colony family, prominent industrialists who played important roles in the politics and economy of Keene, New Hampshire. The collections are displayed in the Horatio Colony House Museum's Federal period home, which was occupied by the family for 130 years, and now functions as a historic house museum with the holdings arranged as left by the last family member who lived there until 1977.

The Horatio Colony House Museum, located in Keene, New Hampshire and operated by the Colony Memorial Trust, is applying for assistance for a Preservation Needs Assessment. The predominantly 19th and early 20th century holdings of furnishings and fine and decorative arts comprise the intact home of a regionally prominent industrialist family. These pieces are still located as originally placed and lived with in eight rooms of the house museum. The holdings also include an impressive archival collection of family photographs, letters, diaries, manuscripts, business records and scrap books. All this is augmented by an extensive collection of rare books, music, ceramics, silver, glass and textiles. The collections have been used for college level curriculum by professors of American Literary History and Music History, and by researchers in Religious Studies and Cultural History.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,850 (approved); $5,850 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Westminster Historical Society (Westminster, MA 01473)
Betsy Hannula (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51592-12
Preservation Assessment of Artifact and Archival Collections

A preservation assessment by a conservator and an archivist to plan for the care of artifact and archival collections that document the history of Westminster from 1737 to the present. Collections of furnishings, textiles and clothing, tools and equipment, photographs, books, and archives are used to examine the town's shift from an agricultural way of life to an economy based on industry, the importance of immigration to the town's development, as well as its social and cultural traditions. The assessment would help the society create a plan to unite its collections, now dispersed among four sites in town, into a renovated historic schoolhouse.

We will hire two conservators to conduct a general assessment of our collection and help draft a preservation plan with a particular focus on re-housing the collection. The Society is planning renovations to the historic Upton School as our headquarters. The collection of photographs, clothing, household objects, tools, books and archives will be gathered from many sites to this one. The collection documents life in a New England town since 1737; unique elements are a strong record of Finnish immigrants (1/3 of the town in the 1930s) and the cooperative movement they brought, Wachusett Mountain and Park, East Gardner State Hospital, primitive painter Robert Peckham and Civil War General Nelson Miles. An archivist and a museum conservator will help develop plans for the arrangement and storage of our collections in the new space with goals to create visible storage for objects and to recommend methods for controlling the environment for long-term preservation of the entire collection.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Charleston Museum (Charleston, SC 29401)
Jennifer Scheetz (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51595-12
Preservation Assessment of Archival Collections

A preservation assessment of the museum's 35,000 linear feet of materials related to Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Collection highlights include correspondence and work of early pioneers in natural history such as John James Audubon; 500 maps dating from 1671 to 1988; 3,000 catalogued works of art, including engravings from Civil War newspapers and propaganda posters from World War I and World War II; and 1,800 pieces of bound and unbound sheet music spanning the early 19th to 20th centuries.

If approved, the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant would fund a preservation assessment by a professional consultant of the archival collections of The Charleston Museum, the manner in which the collections are housed, stored and catalogued, and the physical space in which they are kept. The assessment would help guide both short- and long-term planning for preservation, housing and environmental matters. The project for which this support is requested will focus specifically on the archival collections and the area in which they are housed. The Archives contains over 35,000 linear feet of items – books and pamphlets, maps and blueprints, manuscripts and other documents, photographic materials of all types, postcards, sheet music, prints and drawings, newspapers and various other ephemera. In accordance with the Museum’s mission, these are primarily related to Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA 19081-1390)
Amy McColl (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51596-12
Preservation and Disaster-Preparedness Assessment to Preserve the Library's Special Collections

A preservation assessment of the College's special collections, to include the Rare Book Room, the Friends Historical Library, and the Peace Collection. The assessment would help identify preservation priorities and lead to disaster preparation strategies for the three collections, which are in regular use by students and a wide variety of humanities scholars interested in Quakerism and the history of social reform movements in North America during the last two centuries.

Swarthmore College requests an NEH grant to support an assessment by an expert consultant of the current preservation practices of its Rare Book Room, Friends Historical Library, and Peace Collection, and an assessment of disaster preparedness procedures for McCabe Library, which houses these collections. Significant holdings include the W.H. Auden Collection; volumes from Thomas Jefferson’s library; correspondence of T.S. Eliot; an extensive private press and artists’ book collection; the largest depository of archives, manuscripts and printed material concerning the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in North America; and North America’s only collection related solely to peace, disarmament, conscientious objection, non-violence, and women in the peace movement. These irreplaceable items are currently at risk of extensive damage due to the unstable conditions in McCabe Library, and an assessment would be the first step toward ensuring their preservation.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,281 (approved); $5,281 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

SUNY Research Foundation, Albany (Albany, NY 12222-0001)
Karen Brown (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51604-12
Digital Preservation Readiness Assessment to Preserve Special Collections and Archives

The hiring of two consultants to conduct a preservation assessment of the digital collections at the M.E. Grenander Special Collections and Archives Department. The survey would evaluate policies and practices and create a preservation plan for digitized photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, video, and audio recordings from three collections that document cultural activities in New York and the Northeast.

Consultants from Lyrasis will complete an assessment of the digital collections produced by the Department of Special Collections and Archives. We aim to make our valued humanities collections accessible beyond our locale and ensure the preservation of digital assets for generations to come. The project will run from January to December 2012. It will focus on the three most important humanities collections available digitally. The Norman Studer Collection documents the work of an important educator who worked in New York City and the Catskill Mountains. The WAMC Northeast Public Radio collection features 5,000 hours of original programming. WAMC is one of the largest producers of nationally syndicated journalism programs outside of Washington, D.C. The New York State Writers Institute audio and video collection includes nearly 200 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $5,999 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Pewabic Society, Inc. (Detroit, MI 48214)
Gerri Kelley (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51605-12
Preservation Assessment, Storage Furniture, and Staff Training to Preserve Ceramics Collections

Hiring a consultant to undertake a preservation assessment, make recommendations for treatment priorities, and develop a plan to improve storage of a collection of 20 large ceramic architectural objects. Pewabic Pottery, a historic pottery located in Detroit, was founded in 1903 by Arts and Crafts style potter, Mary Chase Perry Stratton, who was known for her iridescent glazes. The collection includes mosaics, tile panels, fragments of ceramic installations and, notably, an architectural maquette from one of Stratton's early public art projects--the Scott Fountain, dating to 1909 and located in Detroit's Belle Isle park. The consultant would also train staff in the care and handling of the collection.

Pewabic Pottery recognizes the importance of preserving its historic humanities collections, and requests funding to support an assessment that will focus on the preservation and conservation needs of a portion of these collections (20 large, heavy ceramic architectural pieces), the development of detailed plans for improving storage of these artifacts, and the training of staff in their care and handling. The overall goal of this project is to a) Improve Pewabic’s ability to preserve and care for its collections, including these architectural ceramic pieces, for future generations of U.S. visitors and humanities scholars; and b) Utilize these ceramic pieces in exhibitions. Formal evaluation of these artifacts is key to Pewabic developing a conservation plan for their care. Currently, 40,000 annual general public visitors view exhibitions based on Pewabic’s humanities collections.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 3/1/2012 – 8/31/2013

Las Vegas Convention Center (Las Vegas, NV 89109-9096)
Brian Alvarez (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - 02/19/2013); Lisa Jacob (Project Director, 02/20/2013 - present)
PG-51608-12
Purchase Environmental Monitoring Equipment and Preservation Materials to Preserve Photograph and Film Archives

The purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse 3 million still images, 1,500 reels of moving images and videotapes, 100 audiotapes, and 100 historic cameras and related artifacts in the Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives. The collection dates from 1947 to the present and focuses on historical events, civic life, business and industry, architecture, entertainment, and the arts in southern Nevada.

The Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives which is part of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority(LVCVA)is estimated to be the largest and most comprehensive post World War II collection of Southern Nevada imagery in the world. The News Bureau archives is a dynamic collection comprised of catalogued and uncataloged film negatives, film reels, photographic prints, ephemeral materials and artifacts. The collection spans the period beginning in 1947 and continues through present day. The collection is estimated at over 3 million images. The grant would support the purchase of preservation supplies to re-house the film reels, film negatives, photographic, ephemeral and artifact collections contained in the Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives. The goals of this conservation project are derived from recommendations based on a Conservation Assessment survey of the collection that was completed in 2011.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 1/31/2014

Keeneland Foundation (Lexington, KY 40510-9662)
Rebecca Ryder (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51612-12
Purchase Environmental Monitoring Equipment and Preservation Materials to Preserve Photographic Collection

The purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse 40,000 photographic negatives in the Bert T. Morgan Collection that documents both the public view and "backside" of the history of thoroughbred racing in New York and Florida from 1935 to 1961 and that is used extensively by historians and journalists. Environmental monitors recommended by the consultant would also be purchased. The project follows recommendations from a 2010 Preservation Assistance Grant that evaluated the collection and determined the most critical needs of the photo archives.

The Preservation Assistance Grant will support the purchase of preservation supplies to re-house photographic negatives in the Bert T. Morgan collection housed at the Keeneland Library. The grant will also support the purchase of PEM2 dataloggers to launch an environmental monitoring program. The Library’s photograph collections are housed in a very good and stable environment, but the vault space is 95% full and an expansion of the vault or the construction of a new cold storage room must be considered. The environmental monitoring data will establish a baseline of the performance of the current HVAC. Ongoing, the data will help ensure the proper environmental conditions for storage. Work on the Morgan Collection will begin on January 2012 and will continue for one year. This work continues the project initiated in 2011 with a PAG award. The PEM2 monitoring will begin in January 2012 and will be ongoing.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

John Jermain Memorial Library (Sag Harbor, NY 11963-3043)
Jessica Frankel (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51613-12
Preserving Collections Related to Early Rural Life on Long Island, New York

Purchasing storage furniture to rehouse and preserve collections of books, maps, photographs, diaries, and whaling logs used in research and exhibitions on the history and culture of Sag Harbor, New York, from the eighteenth century to the present.

The collection, housed in the History Room of the John Jermain Memorial Library (JJML), Sag Harbor, NY, represents a unique look at life in the region from the 1700’s to present. It includes books, maps, photographs, personal diaries, and whaling logs and is not duplicated in any other collection that is available to the public. The library received a Preservation Assistance Grant in 2010. This enabled it to start Phase I, a physical evaluation of its History Room collection by a consultant who described long and short term repair and storage needs and addressed the next step for the improvement of housing and access to the History Room collection. This next step, Phase II, addresses the appropriate furniture and shelving needs for the History Room's new space, which will be located in a new section of the library, as part of a library renovation/addition scheduled for completion in 2013. Phase II needs for the History Room are not included in annual or building project funding.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,989 (approved); $5,989 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 9/30/2014

University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY 82071)
Nicole Crawford (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51617-12
Conservation Assessment to Preserve a Collection of Works on Paper of the University of Wyoming Art Museum

Hiring a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of 369 works of art on paper, which include a collection of 18th- to 19th-century Japanese wood block prints (ukiyo-e) and works by the German-American etcher, painter, and illustrator, Hans Kleiber, known for his nature studies and depictions of Wyoming landscapes.

The University of Wyoming Art Museum (UAM) is seeking support for its ongoing effort to examine and assess condition of its approximately 3,500 works on paper (prints, drawings, and watercolors) in the permanent collection, the largest part of the collection. UAM has completed three surveys of 809 works on paper in the collection from 2000 – 2009. The Preservation Assistance Grant would allow for UAM to contract with Patricia Morris, a paper conservator, to assess the conservation treatment need of previously unassessed portions of the Japanese Print collection (81 works), and the collection works on paper by Han Kleiber (288 works).

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (New York, NY 10001-5019)
Roberta Elliott (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51629-12
Preservation Storage Materials to Rehouse the Photographic Archive

The purchase of preservation supplies and storage furniture to rehouse 29,000 photographs documenting the society's work in the rescue, resettlement, and reunification of displaced persons and refugees since 1881 and particularly from the 1940s to the present. The collection includes images from the Holocaust; the transport of Soviet Jewry; the liberation of Jewish populations from Cuba, Egypt, and Romania; and the rescue of non-Jewish refugees from Vietnam and Afghanistan. An archival consultant would train the society's staff, interns, and volunteers in the management and rehousing of these images.

HIAS, founded in 1881, is the oldest non-governmental organization in the U.S. devoted to the migration needs of refugees and immigrants. Housed within our New York Headquarters are approximately 29,000 unique photographs, documenting HIAS’s work in the rescue, resettlement and reunification of refugees. We believe this collection comprises the most comprehensive and important photographic archive in the United States of Jewish refugee assistance and work. A previous NEH grant to the HIAS Photo Archives in 2010 identified the most pressing physical needs of the collection: the original prints and negatives are currently stored in non-archival, dyed hanging folders and should be transferred to archival-quality folders and flat boxes. We are seeking funds for preservation supplies and furniture and to hire a consultant to assist in our ongoing effort to insure the preservation of HIAS’s collection of historic photographs.

Project fields: American Studies
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,993 (approved); $5,993 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Keene State College (Keene, NH 03435-0001)
Rodney Obien (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51631-12
Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan and Staff Training to Preserve Special Collections and Film Archives

The hiring of a consultant to develop a disaster preparedness and recovery plan and to provide training in emergency response to better care for the college's special collections and archive of historical films relating to New Hampshire filmmaking and the history of the cinema. The college's collections also include the records of the Dublin Art Colony Collection, a late 19th-century art organization established by Abbott Henderson Thayer associated with Rockwell Kent, George de Forest, and Frank W. Benson.

The Wallace E. Mason Library of Keene State College seeks support for a project to (1) create a disaster preparedness and recovery plan for the College’s archives, special collections, and film holdings; (2) provide staff with training in emergency preparedness and response planning; and (3) prepare disaster supply kits. The project fulfills one of the primary recommendations of the 2010 Preservation Needs Assessment conducted by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) for the College. The holdings consist of over 250 linear feet of archival and manuscript material and over 6,000 volumes of print and bound materials, covering predominantly the disciplines of history, literature, poetry, film studies, Holocaust studies, and anthropology. The Film Archives holdings include approximately 1,000 color and black and white motion picture films. Work will be completed over a seven-month period, beginning in January 2012 and ending in July 2012.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,560 (approved); $5,560 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center (Lawton, OK 73507-5442)
Kristin Mravinec (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - 11/26/2012); Jessica Baber (Project Director, 11/27/2012 - present)
PG-51637-12
Develop Disaster Plan to Preserve Native American Archives and Artifacts

The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center (CNMCC), an entity of the Comanche Nation, preserves and interprets Comanche history and culture for the education of tribal and non-tribal members. It holds the most comprehensive collection of Comanche Fine Art that includes not only paintings and works on paper but also textiles, sculptures, jewelry, beadwork, and woodwork from established and emerging Comanche artists. The collection also includes items relevant to Comanche history and culture such as archival and ethnographic materials, photographs, and textiles dating from the late 1800s to present. CNMCC represents a living culture that is slowly being lost. It seeks to preserve Comanche heritage by engaging a conservator to develop an Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Plan. The conservator will assist the CNMCC Disaster Plan Committee in drafting the components of the Disaster Plan as well as completing two site visits to discuss disaster planning and implementation.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $4,815 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 12/31/2013

Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston, ID 83501-2698)
Lisa Jones (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - 05/05/2014); Debra Fitzgerald (Project Director, 05/06/2014 - present)
PG-51646-12
Staff Training and Purchase of Climate Monitoring Equipment to Preserve Collections of the Center for the Arts and History

The purchase of equipment and supplies and the training of staff to monitor environmental conditions for the collection of approximately 1,000 Chinese artifacts at the Center for Arts and History, including ceramics, wood, textiles, household utensils, writing implements, prayer books, and funerary objects, most of them associated with the Beuk Aie Temple, a focal point in the life of Chinese immigrants in Lewiston, Idaho, during the late 19th century.

This project will help Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) Center for Arts and History (CAH) support the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and preservation supplies and materials required to fulfill recommendations made in an on-site survey funded by a 2010 NEH Preservation grant to preserve LCSC'S Beuk Aie Temple Collection. The project will also support a site visit from an objects conservator to train staff members in the use and care of the new monitoring equipment and to consult on current and future storage arrangements of the temple and its artifacts.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,982 (approved); $5,982 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 12/31/2015

Colorado State University-Pueblo (Pueblo, CO 81001-4901)
Beverly Allen (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51648-12
Preservation Assessment of Artifact Collection of University Archives and Special Collections

Hiring a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of collections of art and artifacts that include rugs, pottery, baskets, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, film, and videotapes related to the social, religious, and political history of Native Americans in the Southwest.

Colorado State University-Pueblo, University Archives and Special Collections, requests $4000 to support an assessment of the artifacts in our holdings. It would concentrate on the current situation of storage and display of objects in the collections and provide recommendations focusing on improvements to storage, including equipment and supplies. It would also make recommendations for environmental monitoring equipment, training and for staff education. The grant will support contracting with a conservation assessor to make an on-site survey of our collections and to prepare a written report with recommendations for the proper storage, environmental requirements and monitoring needs including equipment and professional development needs for our staff.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $4,000 (approved); $4,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Kara Kelly (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51650-12
Purchase of Storage Furniture to Preserve Museum Collections

The purchase of filing cabinets to rehouse archival records related to archaeology, ethnology, and fine art collections documenting native cultures of the Southwest over a period of 10,000 years. They include journals, letters, notebooks, sketchbooks, legal documents, cartographic records, photographic images in diverse formats, and audiovisual materials.

The purpose of this project is to rehouse the museum’s registration/object files by purchasing fire proof and impact resistant filing cabinets. The registration/object files contain photos and paper documentation such as donor correspondence, conservation reports, oral histories with donors or artists, newspaper articles, prize ribbons, artist profiles, board meeting minutes, staff memos and legal documentation of the museum’s collections, which include fine arts, ethnology, archaeology, botany, paleontology, entomology, and zoology. This documentation of an object’s history is communicated to the public through exhibits, publications, tours and can be utilized by researchers, often resulting in published articles. This is particularly significant with natural history and archaeology collections, where the registration/object files contains permits, field correspondence, and other documentation that is cited in published reports appearing in scholarly journals.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,440 (approved); $5,440 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Forbes Library (Northampton, MA 01060)
Julie Bartlett (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51651-12
Preservation Workshop to Preserve Museum Collections

Hiring a consultant to present a one-day preservation workshop to staffs of small museums and libraries. The collections include photographs, historic documents, manuscripts, journals and diaries, maps, costumes and uniforms, furniture, firearms, pottery, agricultural tools, and household items that are related to the social and cultural history of western Massachusetts.

The Pioneer Valley History Network, Inc. (PVHN) and the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum (CCPLM) at Forbes Library seek a Preservation Assistance Grant of $2249 to present a one-day workshop entitled Preservation Issues for Small Museums to representatives of 20 to 25 historical organizations in the Spring of 2012. The host institutions will contract with the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), of Andover, Massachusetts, who will deliver the training workshop. The workshop will be presented at no cost to the participants.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $2,249 (approved); $1,791 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Macalester College (St. Paul, MN 55105-1899)
Ellen Holt-Werle (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51652-12
Conservation Assessment and Storage Materials to Preserve Library's Audiovisual Materials

Hiring a preservation consultant to assess 1,000 archival magnetic reel-to-reel audio tapes and 500 acetate films which document historical events and public lectures by notable international figures at the college from the 1950s through the 1980s. A majority of these are commencement addresses, symposia, and other college events, but also included in the collections are recordings of political figures, scholars, scientists, Pulitzer Prize winners, and poets, among them Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Ogden Nash, Eugene McCarthy, Joseph Brodsky, Niels Bohr, Tyrone Guthrie, Robert Frost, and Alex Haley. This proposal is based on an item-by-item assessment of the media collection by consultants who conducted an evaluation of the college's archives in an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant in 2009.

The Macalester College DeWitt Wallace Library proposes hiring a consultant for an object-by-object survey of its 1,500 archival audio reels and 8mm and 16mm films. The recordings document Macalester College events from the 1950s through 1980s, such as convocations, commencements, and symposiums, and capture notable political, cultural, and intellectual figures from the United States and internationally. The recordings are unique primary sources of potentially great research value, providing firsthand documentation of distinguished speakers and insight into issues of pressing local, national, and international importance. Consultant Jeff Martin will assess the condition of the collection; establish priorities for treatment, storage, and other preservation needs; and give recommendations regarding digitization, deaccessioning, and next steps. A second component of the project will be to purchase acid-free archival boxes for reels and films in need of rehousing.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,975 (approved); $5,975 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Austin College (Sherman, TX 75090-4400)
Justin Banks (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51657-12
Preservation Assessment and the Purchase of Monitoring Equipment to Preserve College Archives

A preservation assessment and the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and rehousing supplies for an archival collection of college records, manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual materials, and artifacts that document the history of northern Texas and southern Oklahoma. The papers of Stephen Samuel Perry (a nephew of Stephen F. Austin) have supported scholarly publications, and photographs from the collection have been used in documentaries.

Abell Library is the only repository for numerous records and documents which chronicle the history of several counties in North Texas and Oklahoma, including records of interest to Native American tribes. Without preservation and storage at the Abell Library, this history might otherwise vanish. Grant funding would support a much needed site survey that will lay the groundwork for improving immediate preservation efforts and strategic preservation planning for the future. Without grant funding, this assessment will not be possible. The library's budget has been cut in half since last fiscal year as part of College-wide efforts to achieve a balanced budget. This project could result in stabilization and preservation of irreplaceable archives and collections, assist library staff in making wise decisions within limited budget allocations, and provide a solid stepping stone toward publicizing of and creating greater accessibility to Abell Library’s Archival and Special Collections.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Town of Southampton (Southampton, NY 11968-4998)
Sundy Schermeyer (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51663-12
Develop Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan and Staff Training to Preserve Archives

The hiring of a consultant to provide on-site training in disaster preparedness and response and assistance with a disaster plan to protect the Town's historical records. Comprising over 6,500 cubic feet of manuscripts, maps, bound volumes, photographs, newspapers, and other published and unpublished materials, the collection documents the history of New York State's earliest English colony, founded in 1640. Included are property transactions between European settlers and Shinnecock Indians; early court case files, household inventories, and business licenses; records pertaining to the establishment of schools, transportation systems, and public health institutions; and various other primary source materials reflecting the economic and social development of eastern Long Island from the colonial period forward.

Southampton Town, on the shores of eastern Long Island, NY, seeks assistance in preparing a "Disaster Preparedness & Response Plan" to protect its archives and historical collections from fire, flood, in-house system failure, or natural disaster. The goal is to create an effective plan that addresses all conceivable threats to the archives and historical collections, dating back to 1639, as well as to prepare and identify appropriate staff and/or volunteers in methods, procedures, and resources for critical response. The project has three objectives: retain a consultant to guide and assist in developing a disaster preparedness and response plan; purchase essential preservation supplies recommended by the consultant; and conduct on-site training for staff and volunteers in disaster preparedness and response procedures.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $4,152 (approved); $4,152 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Chatham College (Pittsburgh, PA 15238-1636)
Rachel Rohrbaugh (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51677-12
Purchase Storage Furniture to Preserve the University's Archives Collection

The purchase of shelving to protect the college's archive of personal papers, administrative records, student publications, photographs, motion picture , films, audio recordings, scrapbooks, and artifacts. Among the collections are the papers of environmentalist and alumna, Rachel Carson.

Chatham University seeks support to purchase shelving and a map case to properly store the University Archives collection. The University Archives captures the dynamic history of one of the last original eastern colleges that still limit baccalaureate degrees to women. The collection contains over 740 linear feet of papers, photographs, publications, film, audio, scrapbooks, architectural drawings, and other artifacts ranging in date from the institution’s founding in 1869 to the present day. The University Archives provides unique access to humanities themes such as women’s education from 19th century forward, local perspectives on historic national events, and the evolution of Chatham’s historically significant buildings and landscape. The current shelving does not support the depth of archival boxes of any size and the capacity of the existing map case has been exceeded. New storage furniture would ensure lasting preservation of this important collection.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Mennonite Church USA (Newton, KS 67114-1703)
Colleen McFarland (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51681-12
Preservation Assessment and Storage Furniture to Preserve Archival Collections

The hiring of a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment and the purchase of storage furniture to better preserve 2,000 linear feet of the administrative records documenting the Mennonite Church's missionary activities, health services, emergency relief, and education and job training. The collections also include over 6,000 feet of manuscripts and the personal papers of missionaries, authors, peace activists, clergy, artists, and service workers.

This proposal seeks funding to support a preservation needs assessment survey of the collections at the Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA) Archives - Goshen in Goshen, Indiana and the purchase of flat file storage. The MCUSA Archives - Goshen serves as the official repository for the Mennonite Church and as a manuscript library collecting on the history of American Anabaptism. The archives will contract with a consultant from the Indiana Historical Society to conduct a general preservation needs assessment. The assessment will evaluate the general storage conditions of the collections, including environment, security, fire protection, and collection storage and handling. The assessment will result in a written report providing immediate, medium, and long-term preservation priorities to ensure the safety and longevity of our holdings. The grant will also allow the archives to purchase flat file storage for oversize materials now stored in conditions that threaten their physical integrity.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $4,753 (approved); $4,753 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center (Casper, WY 82601-2815)
Ingrid Burnett (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - 01/21/2013); Lisa Fujita (Project Director, 01/22/2013 - present)
PG-51695-12
Staff Training and the Purchase of Monitoring Equipment and Storage Materials to Preserve Art Collections

The purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse paintings, drawings, rugs and hides, and three-dimensional art, part of the museum's permanent collection of Western art and special collections relating to two 20th-century Wyoming artists, Conrad Schwiering and Carl Link. The grant would also support purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and training for the museum staff on its use.

The proposed grant will fund the purchase of preservation materials based on recommendations from the conservator, Victoria Montana Ryan, who performed the museum's CAP assessment in July 2009. Secondly, Ms. Ryan would conduct a workshop on the use of environmental monitoring equipment for Nicolaysen Museum staff, volunteers, and interns, as well as area museum staff. The CAP assessment and an earlier collections assessment completed by conservator Carmen Bria on May 2, 2008 form the basis of the request for materials that would be supported by this grant. Therefore, the items listed in this grant proposal fall into two categories: 1) preservation materials for the museum's permanent collection, and environmental monitoring equipment for the galleries not covered by the Museum's HVAC system, and 2) a workshop on the best practice for the use of environmental monitoring equipment.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,852 (approved); $5,852 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

South Side Community Art Center (Chicago, IL 60653-1513)
Faheem Majeed (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51701-12
Conservation Assessment to Preserve Paintings Collections

The hiring of a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of a collection of 300 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper produced by artists who frequented the Works Progress Administration community art center in South Side Chicago from its founding in 1940 through the present. The collection includes works by prominent African American artists Ralph Arnold, Margaret Burroughs, Jeff Donaldson, Richard Hunt, Barbara Jones-Hogu, and Archibald Motley.

The South Side Community Art Center possesses a major collection of nearly 300 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, largely by black Chicago artists from the 1930s to the present, with particular strengths in the 1940s and 1960-70s. The Center is in the process of completing renovations to provide better conditions for preservation of these works, which have until recently received inadequate attention; the Center was not originally a collecting institution. The artworks now require evaluation to develop a plan for continued preservation protocols and for conservation treatment where needed. If awarded a grant, the Center will hire a consultant, Kelly Keegan, to conduct a condition assessment of all the paintings in its collection (around 200 of the ca. 300 total artworks). She will provide a basic evaluation of their technique, condition, and stability; give attention where possible to works on paper and objects; and offer additional advice on preservation of all works.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden (New York, NY 10021)
Mary Anne Caton (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51703-12
Purchase of Environmental Monitoring Equipment to Preserve Collections of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

The purchase of equipment and training of staff to monitor environmental conditions in the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum's 1799 building, which functioned as a public hotel from 1826 to 1833 serving both travelers and day customers. The museum focuses on this time period, using its collections of furniture, paintings, ceramics, musical instruments, metals, textiles, and documents in exhibitions and educational programs to explore travel, leisure, work, and play in antebellum New York.

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (MVHM) seeks a Preservation Assistance Grant to establish an environmental monitoring program in its 1799 building as the first phase in our work to improve the environment for the collection. Grant funds would support the first comprehensive environmental monitoring program for the museum, designed by museum preservation environment experts, through purchase of data loggers and equipment, staff training, and preliminary review of the collected environmental data in preparation for in-depth planning for comprehensive environmental improvements and replacement of the existing aging systems. As recommended by the ReCAP team, MVHM will purchase additional equipment to complement the dataloggers currently in use; staff will be trained in equipment operation and data transmission to the consulting conservator; the conservator will prepare the transmitted data for future analysis and archive the raw and prepared data.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA 52803-2829)
Heather Lovewell (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51706-12
Preservation Assessment for an Art Collection

Hiring a consultant to conduct a general preservation assessment of approximately 5,000 items in the Catich collection of art and related archives, including prints, drawings, watercolors, manuscripts, sketchbooks, journals, and photographs that document the life and work of 20th-century artist, calligrapher, typographer, and authority on the Roman alphabet, Rev. Edward M. Catich.

The NEH Preservation Grant will support a general preservation assessment survey by a professional conservator of the Catich Collection of Fine Art and related archives that are housed at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. The Rev. Edward M. Catich collection is humanities based with more than 5,000 works in various media that link the study of the arts to other disciplines: notably history (e.g., development of the written alphabet and history of the Catholic Church), sociology, and religion. The general preservation assessment survey will evaluate the condition of the collection and the facilities in which they are housed to provide short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations for the ongoing care and preservation of these unique collections. The resultant report along with curatorial priorities will create a prioritized Long Range Conservation Plan (LCRP) that will provide the framework for the University’s strategic plan to ensure the future preservation of the collection.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,981 (approved); $5,981 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Florida International University Board of Trustees (Miami, FL 33199-2516)
Marisol Floren - Romero (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51714-12
Preservation Assessment of the University's College of Law Library Special Collections

The hiring of a consultant to assess the Mario Diaz Cruz Collection of historic legal materials, including books, journals, manuscripts, court cases, wills, treatises, civil codes, and writings pertaining to Cuban constitutional, civil, and commercial law from 1757 to 1959.

The NEH Preservation Assistance Grant will assist to improve Florida International University (FIU) College of Law Library’s ability to preserve and care for the Mario Diaz Cruz Collection, a unique library of 6,000 volumes of historic Cuban legal materials of great value to legal scholars from the United States and abroad. This grant will allow hiring a professional preservation consultant to conduct a general preservation assessment of the Mario Diaz Cruz Collection; assess policies, practices and conditions affecting the care and preservation of this collection; provide advice and develop a detailed plan for improving storage and re-housing the collection within the library; help draft short-term and long-term programs for the arrangement and description of this collection; provide recommendations for management and processing needs of these holdings, and other specific preservation actions to be undertaken by the library.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $5,940 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Asheville Art Museum (Asheville, NC 28801)
Frank Thomson (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51717-12
Environmental Monitoring Systems to Preserve Art and Archival Collections

The purchase and installation of environmental monitoring equipment for a collection of 3,060 works of art that includes American paintings and prints of the 20th and 21st centuries as well as art and crafts documenting the diverse cultural heritage of western North Carolina: Cherokee, German and Scotch-Irish, and African American. The museum also holds nearly 5,000 drawings of the Asheville Architecture Archives.

The Museum currently holds 3,060 works of art in all media and 4,905 architectural drawings. The Museum’s collections represent the unique diversity of cultures and movements that have influenced Western North Carolina and beyond. The Museum’s role is to research, collect and explore the artifacts of these traditions through innovative exhibitions and public educational programs. By developing exhibitions and programs for its patrons, the Museum educates audiences of all ages, explores aesthetic and cultural issues and integrates the arts and humanities into everyday life. In order for the Museum to properly monitor humidity, temperature and lighting conditions and protect these significant exhibited and stored works, the Museum requests $4,839 to support the purchase of new environmental monitoring systems for the Museum’s collections and galleries, including 10 PEM2 dataloggers, associated software, one PEM2 flash drive, one ELSEC 764 Environmental Monitor and all shipping costs.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $4,839 (approved); $4,839 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 1/31/2014

New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA 02740)
Gregory Galer (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - 08/13/2013)
PG-51724-12
Conservation Assessment of a 19th-Century Whaling Panorama

Hiring a team of consultants to assess the condition and conservation needs of a whaling panorama dating to 1848, painted on 52-inch-wide lengths of cotton fabric and measuring 1,275 feet in length and 8.5 feet in height. Two conservators would travel to the Saco Art Museum in Maine with two of the museum's staff to examine a similar panorama, which has recently undergone conservation, and consult with its conservation team, in order to develop a treatment protocol for the New Bedford painting.

The 1848 "A Whaling Voyage 'Round the World" panorama is a rare survivor of a unique style of large-scale landscape and narrative painting. It survives today, in poor condition, but with a proper treatment plan, it can be stabilized and restored. Artists Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington created the 1,275-foot-long panorama of a whaling voyage from New Bedford to the Azores, Cape Verde and Cape Horn, painted on 52-inch-wide lengths of cotton fabric and executed in a water-based distemper paint that has suffered wrinkling, flaking and powdering. NEH funding will allow the Museum to convene a team of experts to expand the in-house assessment and identify best practice in treatment for a unique artifact, and allow them to travel to necessary sites to gather the relevant information. The project will result in a formal conservation protocol, as well as a plan to safely handle, exhibit, and store the artifact for the long term.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,000 (approved); $5,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Albany Institute of History and Art (Albany, NY 12210-2296)
Tammis Groft (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51730-12
Preservation Assessment for Archival Collections

The hiring of a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of archival and curatorial collections documenting the history of railroad development in the United States from the 1820s through the present. The collections include topographical surveys, architectural records, photographs, scrapbooks, artwork, posters, broadsides, samples of iron rails, Pullman blankets, conductors' uniforms, train models, and furniture.

Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA) requests $5,372 to conduct a Preservation Survey for 3 nationally significant collections of archival materials related to New York Central Railroad and Delaware & Hudson Railroad. This survey will be conducted by two conservators from the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC). Susan D’Entremont, Regional Archivist for the Capital District Library Council (CDLC) will review the collections and the AIHA’s guidelines for Arranging and Describing Archival Collections. The survey is the first step in a multi-part project to make these frequently requested collections physically and intellectually accessible to public audiences. The goal is to conduct the Preservation Survey and plan the strategy for the Arrangement and Description of these collections simultaneously. The survey will also provide plans for the improved storage and re-housing of the collections and identify items that require future conservation treatment.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,372 (approved); $5,372 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX 75965-3940)
Kyle Ainsworth (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51734-12
Preservation Workshops on Disaster and Preservation Planning

Training and education in disaster planning and recovery to better preserve the East Texas Research Center's historical collections, including nearly 25,000 rare books, 1,082 maps, and 9,842 linear feet of manuscripts documenting the history and culture of East Texas. Key collections include materials on the Texas lumber industry and the records of Congressman Charlie Wilson used in the production of the 2007 film, "Charlie Wilson's War." The four-day workshop would be attended by staff from cultural heritage institutions throughout the East Texas region.

The East Texas Research Center (ETRC), Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas proposes a four-day workshop conducted by a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) to increase awareness and educate over 60 regional cultural heritage institutions in 18 neighboring counties on the importance of disaster and preservation planning. The first two days would consist of lectures on preservation basics followed by hands-on tutorials putting these principles to practice. The second half of the workshop would follow the same general format; lectures on disaster planning and recovery coupled with salvage demonstrations. Days 3 and 4 would conclude with free and interactive 2-hour seminars conducted by the NEDCC consultant instructing the general public how to preserve their family treasures.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

B.F. Jones Memorial Library (Aliquippa, PA 15001-3763)
Linda Helms (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51737-12
Preservation Assessment to Preserve Archival Collection

Hiring a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of the library's special collection of newspaper clippings, photographs, yearbooks, and steel industry documents. The collections are used by researchers and community organizations to demonstrate the development and impact of the steel industry in Western Pennsylvania in the 19th and 20th century, as well as the social and cultural history of the region.

This project will provide a Preservation Needs Assessment by a professional preservation consultant for the B.F. Jones Memorial Library’s Pennsylvania Collection. The Library building and portions of the Pennsylvania Collection were donated by the family of steel magnate Benjamin Franklin Jones in 1926. The Library also serves as the Aliquippa District Library Center for Beaver County, PA. The Pennsylvania Collection consists of monographs, serials, and newsletters associated with the 20th century steel industry; microfilm of local newspapers from the 1830s-present; and historic photographs and yearbooks which document the construction of J&L Steel’s Aliquippa Works and its planned workers community, now the City of Aliquippa. The Pennsylvania Collection is valued by scholars because it provides important primary sources related to the history of western Pennsylvania and the steel industry. The total budget for this preservation assessment project is $5,650.

Project fields: American Studies
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,650 (approved); $5,650 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Records (Washington, DC 20004-3003)
Clarence Davis (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51758-12
Preservation Assessment and Purchase of Monitoring Equipment and Storage Materials to Preserve Archival Collections

The hiring of a consultant for a preservation assessment, along with the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and preservation supplies, for the archival repository of the District of Columbia. Amounting to more than 10,000 linear feet, the materials document a wide array of functions and services of the District's government from the late 18th century to the present. Included are land ownership records, bills of sale for property transactions (including enslaved persons), certificates of slavery and of emancipation, minutes of boards of commissioners, and records of individual government officials. An extensive series of wills and probate files contains information on the estates of numerous American presidents, including George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, James Monroe, and Woodrow Wilson.

The goals and activities of this proposal are to assess the collections in the District of Columbia Archives, as well as to make recommendations for a preservation and conservation project to protect these invaluable collections. These records are critically significant to the humanities because they document national and local history.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $4,684 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Society of the Divine Word (Techny, IL 60082)
Marcia Stein (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51767-12
Preservation Assessment for Archival Collections

The hiring of a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of archival records, manuscripts, publications, photographs, architectural records, and audiovisual materials documenting the history of the Catholic Church and the missionary activities of the Society of the Divine Word from 1874 through the present.

The Robert M. Myers Archives houses the records of the Chicago Province, the main organizational unit of the Society of the Divine Word (Societas Verbi Divini, SVD) in North America. The collection consists of the institutional records of the Province, publications of the SVD, and papers of its missionaries from all over the world, as well as those ministering to underserved races and ethnic groups in the United States. Two areas of major interest to outside researchers are the records concerning the work of the SVD with African Americans in the South from 1906-1950 and Fu Jen University in Peking, China prior to the communist take-over in 1949. In addition to paper records and publications, the archives houses photographs, audio/video tapes, and 16 mm. films. The goal of the project is to obtain a complete General Collections Needs Assessment Survey of the Robert M. Myers Archives, to evaluate the preservation of the collection and determine the best preservation and conservation plans for the future.

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Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,975 (approved); $5,975 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

National Japanese American Historical Society (San Francisco, CA 94115-3604)
Tara Hadibrata (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51768-12
Purchase Monitoring Equipment and Storage Furniture and Materials to Preserve Historical Society's Collections

Purchasing environmental monitoring equipment, storage furniture, and preservation materials to rehouse and preserve collections of photographs, documents, medals, uniforms, weapons, furniture, and artwork documenting the internment of Japanese American civilians and their military contributions during the Second World War.

The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) requests a grant of $6,000 to support short term remedial preservation activities for its World War II collections. The grant will support purchase of: a) storage furniture and preservation supplies. b) environmental monitoring equipment. The project focuses on its Military and Camp Collections. The Military Collection contains some 17,000 items related to the World War II experience of Japanese Americans in the US Army. These items serve as the tangible legacy of the 100th Infantry Battalion /442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated military unit in World War II; and the soldier linguists of the Military Intelligence Service, who participated in every major campaign of the Pacific War. The Camp Collection contains nearly 5,000 items related to the World War II eviction of Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans from their communities and their incarceration in US confinement camps.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, TX 78701-3619)
Sylvia Orozco (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51772-12
Preservation Assessment and the Purchase of Storage Materials to Preserve Art Collections

Hiring of a conservation consultant who would make recommendations on the purchase of supplies and on procedures for rehousing and moving a collection of historic and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and material culture. The 4,000 objects would be rehoused, packed, and transported to temporary off-site storage in anticipation of building renovations, scheduled to begin in June 2012.

Mexic-Arte Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation and interpretation of Mexican, Mexican-American, and Latino art and culture, seeks funding for the rehousing of its Permanent Collection. The collection includes over 4,000 books and approximately 1,500 works of historic and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and material culture. Items in the collection elaborate on many important themes within the humanities, such as religious transformation in the Americas, social change in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands region, immigration history, the importance of popular culture, and more. In anticipation of the museum building renovation, slated to begin June 2012, the museum needs to properly catalog, package, and transport the entire collection to temporary off-site storage. The goal of the proposed project is to obtain consultation services on proper rehousing procedures and materials.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 12/31/2013

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Caroline Rubens (Project Director, 05/04/2011 - present)
PG-51773-12
Storage Furniture and Materials to Preserve Archival Collections

The purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies to rehouse the organization's institutional records documenting the art, culture, and social history of Appalachia and rural America. The archive includes meeting minutes, project files, financial records, publicity, original artwork, and emphemera produced by of one of the oldest community arts organziations in the United States.

Appalshop is seeking funds to re-house the first 10 years of its legacy paper collection. Appalshop is a 41-year old community media center located in the coalfields of southeastern Kentucky. Its creation in 1969 was a product of both a War on Poverty program to train underserved youths in media production, and of the community media movement of the late 1960’s. Appalshop’s earliest paper records demonstrate how a film production workshop for high school students grew into a self-governing media arts and education center, and also how, through its activities, the organization captured aspects of Appalachian life that were not being documented elsewhere. Many of Appalshop’s earliest documents are in their original acidic folders and boxes. There are also oversize paper items from its first decade that require a flat file cabinet for proper storage. This grant will enable the archive to migrate these important documents to greatly improved archival storage micro-environments.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Friends of the Middle Border, Inc. (Mitchell, SD 57301-7901)
Lori Holmberg (Project Director, 05/05/2011 - present)
PG-51775-12
Storage Materials to Preserve a Historic Textile and Costume Collection

The purchase of storage materials to rehouse 550 textiles and costumes, including quilts and carriage robes, large costumes, such as military uniforms and wedding dresses, and children's clothing, from the upper Great Plains region dating from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.

The Textile and Costume Storage Project will address the need of the Friends of the Middle Border, Inc. d/b/a Dakota Discovery Museum to provide proper storage for the costumes and textiles in the collection. Significant components of the collection include wedding dresses and suits, handmade quilts, military, recreational and occupational uniforms and children’s clothing. The textiles and costumes of the collection are used extensively in permanent and temporary exhibits, as well as being incorporated into educational activities. The objects date primarily between 1860 and 1940 and demonstrate the broad historic social and economic base of the Middle Border region (the upper Great Plains) as well as the craftsmanship and resourcefulness of the people who settled the region. The Preservation Assistance Grant will allow the museum to properly store nearly 100% of the quilts of the collection, the heavy or fragile costumes, which should not be hung and children’s costumes.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Knox College (Galesburg, IL 61401-4999)
Jeffrey Douglas (Project Director, 05/05/2011 - present)
PG-51776-12
Preservation Assessment to Preserve College Library's Special Collections and Archives

A preservation assessment of the College's special collections, which focus on the history, geography, and culture of the American Midwest. An extensive collection of manuscripts, maps, and photographs have served student and scholarly research interests, especially in the areas of Civil War and railroad history and in the life and work of Galesburg native Carl Sandburg.

Knox College proposes to conduct a general preservation assessment of its Special Collections and Archives. Totaling over 11,000 titles, the collections are strongest in Americana of the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in the histories of the Old Northwest Territory, the Mississippi River Valley, the American southwest, and the American Civil War. Project goals are to: (1) create a long range plan that defines the processes, resources and actions required to ensure the long-term preservation of the Special Collections and Archives at Knox College; and (2) integrate a long-range preservation plan for special collections into 2012 institutional strategic and master planning under new presidential leadership, and following successful reaccreditation by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. (New York, NY 10017)
Carlos Porro (Project Director, 05/05/2011 - present)
PG-51779-12
Preservation Assessment and Storage Materials to Preserve Archival Collections

A preservation assessment of the 65 linear feet of the American Field Service's unique photographic and paper-based image collections that document the activities of the field service during World Wars I and II in the United States, France, Italy, the Middle East, North Africa, India, and Burma. A photographic conservator would assess the collection, identify and prioritize preservation needs, and recommend appropriate preservation supplies to rehouse the collection.

The American Field Service seeks $6,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund a preservation study of a specific portion of its Archives; namely, the World War I and II collections containing photographic and mixed media material (items containing both photographic and paper-based material), many of which were created in a wartime environment. As a chronicle of the American national experience as volunteers in wartime this collection is of great significance to the humanities. The material supports the research of scholars and researchers in fields such as history and sociology by offering unique insights into the U.S. historical narrative of wartime and post-war experience. Examples of historically significant topics illuminated by Archives material include the increasingly varied and diverse social origins of American volunteers. The goal of the proposed project is to create a customized preservation plan for the AFS Archives.

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Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Massachusetts State Library (Boston, MA 02133-1099)
Elvernoy Johnson (Project Director, 05/10/2011 - present)
PG-51785-12
Purchase Storage Materials to Preserve Archival Collections

The purchase of archival enclosures and book supports for the library's State Documents Collection. Dating from the late 1800s to present, the collection consists of 9,000 volumes of bound and unbound records from the Massachusetts legislature and various administrative agencies. The materials extensively document the state's history and culture, covering areas such as transportation, banking, agriculture, medicine, and civil defense. Volumes pertaining to Massachusetts' national prominence in education reform date from the 1830s and include reports authored by Horace Mann, first secretary of the Commonwealth's board of education. Work proposed in the project is the result of recommendations provided in a preservation survey supported by a previous Preservation Assistance Grant.

The State Library of Massachusetts requests a grant of $6,000 to continue a previously funded project to preserve materials in the State Documents Collection (SDC). The SDC is central to the library’s mission and collecting policy, is frequently used by patrons, and is a high priority collection in the library’s preservation survey due to the inherent vice of the materials and the environmental conditions of the storage space. Most items were produced by state agencies to report on agency business and to promote agency initiatives. Collections date from the late 1800s to present. This grant will treat unbound and soft-cover materials, with the goal of addressing short term environmental issues at the item level by providing preservation-quality enclosures. Appropriate height book supports will further stabilize the publications. This phase of the grant project will preserve approximately 9,000 items and add book supports to seventy percent of the stack ranges.

Project fields: Law and Jurisprudence
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

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