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Date range: 2014-2014
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Women's Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY 12472)
Ann Kalmbach (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52131-14
Women's Studio Workshop: Planning to Relocate and Sustain its Archival Collections

To support: A preservation assessment, environmental monitoring assessment and plan, and preservation workshop for the Women's Studio Workshop. The collection includes organizational records, scrapbooks, photographs, prints and posters, artist files, and first edition handmade artists' books by artists such as Tatana Kellner, Linda Montano, Zarina Hashmi, Clarissa Sligh, Mei Ling Hom, Maureen Cummins, Cheri Gaulke, and Tona Wilson. Some of the topics reflected in the artists' works include local history, women's studies, poetry, pedagogy, political and social topics, documentary photography, and farming.

During its 39-year history supporting generations of artists as the country's leading women's visual art center, Women's Studio Workshop has built an archive of artwork and other documents revelatory of the artistic process and the social currents swirling about its creative output. In 2012, WSW began a building expansion that will double the footprint of its space. A critical component is the consolidation of its archival collections in a Study Room and Research Center in the new building. WSW wishes to leverage this opportunity by working with Susan Chute, a librarian and archivist with substantial experience relocating collections, who will conduct a preservation reassessment, develop detailed relocation and storage plans to situate the archive in its new space, and train staff in accessioning, housing, processing, preserving & making accessible the artists' books, prints, photographs, scrapbooks, posters, and organizational records that constitute its unique heritage.

Project fields: Arts, Other, Cultural History, Women's History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC 27109)
Stephen Whittington (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - 01/27/2014); Kyle Bryner (Project Director, 01/28/2014 - 03/18/2014); Sara Cromwell (Project Director, 03/19/2014 - present)
PG-52132-14
Art Storage Screens for the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University

To support: The purchase of storage furniture for a collection of approximately 250 ethnographic objects consisting mainly of tools and weapons from around the world. To improve storage conditions, the applicant would mount storage screens on a wall to hold several oversized items from the larger collection: two Comanche hide robes and two collections consisting of hundreds of projectile points and tools from North Carolina.

The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University requests funding to purchase wall mounted storage screens to rehouse oversize ethnographic weaponry and framed object collections as recommended by a previous NEH PAG. The weaponry collections include arrows, bows, spears, harpoons, staffs, and other tools and weapons too large to fit on compact storage shelves. The framed objects include two very large and recently conserved Comanche hides and historic mounted projectile point collections. All of the objects are important to the humanities as they are used in educational programming, exhibits, academic research and are available online for viewing and study. The museum requests the funds based upon recommendations from a 2006 Long Range Conservation Plan and the recent creation of a new storage facility for the museum. The grant will provide funds for the purchase of the screens and shipping costs and the museum will arrange and pay for installation.

Project fields: Anthropology
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,022 (approved); $5,022 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Adair County Historical Society (Kirksville, MO 63501-3975)
Charles Frost (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52137-14
Preservation Assessment of Archival and Artifact Collections

To support: A preservation assessment for the historical society's collection of books, historical journals, city directories, family histories, photographs, and artifacts. Comprising over 2,600 items and spanning the period between the 1840s and the present, the sources document the history and culture of a part of northeastern Missouri that was the site of conflicts between Native Americans and settlers and Civil War battles. The region was also a focal point for the rural school consolidation movement in the early 20th century and the location of the nation's first school of osteopathy and the first normal school west of the Mississippi River. The materials also depict the recent transformation of the region's economic foundation from that of mining and transportation to education and health care.

The hiring of a consultant to undertake a preservation assessment, make recommendations for treatment priorities, and develop a plan to improve storage of a collection of over 130 years of county probate records, diaries, photographs, artifacts and vital record indices documenting the history of Adair County as a rural Missouri community that has survived the loss of mining, manufacturing and railroads to become a thriving educational and medical center.

Project fields: Economic History, History, General, U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,915 (approved); $5,915 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Travis County (Austin, TX 78701-3101)
Christy Moilanen (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52145-14
County Archives Preservation Assessment and Supplies

To support: A preservation assessment and purchase of preservation supplies for the historical records of Travis County, Texas, site of the capital city of Austin. The materials, comprising over 8,000 linear feet, date from before the founding of the county in 1840 and include financial records, legal case files, property deeds, law enforcement and prison reports, public education records, and aerial photographs of the county's natural resources. The sources contain some of the most extensive documentation available on the citizenry and process of local administration during the period of the Republic of Texas (1836-1846) and have been actively consulted by historians, genealogists, and county officials.

The hiring of a consultant to complete a preservation assessment of collections housed in the Travis County Archives and of the physical space itself, and the purchase of archival preservation and storage supplies. The Archives is seeking $6,000 for the funding of this project. The records maintained by the Archives, dating from the establishment of Travis County from 1840 to the present, document the political, economic, cultural and social history of the county and provide unique insight into the history and development of the government, the community, and the lives of citizens.

Project fields: History, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015

Augustana College, Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, SD 57197-0001)
Elizabeth Thrond (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52154-14
Purchase of Environmental Monitoring Equipment and Disaster Response Supplies

To support: The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, a light meter, pest traps, and salvage supplies to help staff care for the diverse collections in Augustana College's Center for Western Studies. The Center holds 5,000 linear feet of archival collections dating from the 1830s to the present, including the personal papers of regional authors Frederick Manfred, Herbert Krause, and John R. Milton, as well as association records of the South Dakota Diocese of the Episcopal Church, the South Dakota Conference of the United Church of Christ, and the Blue Cloud Abbey. The center also maintains an ethnographic art collection of 1,200 objects of Plains Indians material culture, largely focused on the Sioux tribes, that is used by scholars and students. Of particular note are hundreds of pipestone pipes, decorated with unique motifs, that support the study of Sioux spirituality, culture, and design.

The Center for Western Studies of Augustana College maintains archival, art, artifact, and library collections to facilitate study of the Northern Plains, specifically in the areas of history, art, literature, and culture. Grant funding will enable staff to expand their system of environmental monitoring in the Fantle Building, the Center's sole storage and exhibition facility, through the purchase of new temperature/humidity data loggers, a light meter to monitor light levels and to assist staff with developing a proper art rotation schedule, and supplies for the Center's first Integrated Pest Management system. Funding will also be used to create an accessible, in-house disaster kit for short term salvage use to improve the staff's ability to protect and recover collections during an emergency. These goals represent short term recommendations from the Center's recent participation in the Conservation Assessment Program. The project will begin January 1, 2014, and end May 31, 2014.

Project fields: Arts, General, U.S. History, U.S. Regional Studies
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,981 (approved); $5,981 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Leo Baeck Institute, Inc. (New York, NY 10021-3502)
Renate Evers (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52155-14
Preservation Assessment of the Periodicals Collection of the Library of the Leo Baeck Institute

To support: A preservation assessment of the Leo Baeck Insitute's periodicals collection and purchase of rehousing supplies for a portion of the collection based on the consultant's recommendations. The assessment would focus on 1,200 rare periodicals titles published in English, German, and Hebrew that serve scholarly researchers, journalists, genealogists, and artists; rehousing supplies would be purchased for approximately 70 titles. The collections provide primary materials for two to three exhibitions at the Institute each year. A notable component of the periodicals collection is the inclusion of rare community newsletters from European Jewish communities in Germany, Austria, the Sudeten region, Hungary, and Romania. Other holdings include volumes by German-Jews in exile and newsletters from Displaced Persons camps after 1945. Many of the periodicals cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

The grant will support two activities, first, the overall preservation assessment of the periodicals collection of the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) and second, purchase of protective boxes for about 70 periodicals. The assessment will prepare for short term and long term recommendations and guidance for preservation, stabilization, housing, and environmental conditions. The assessment will be conducted by the Book Conservator Nelly Balloffet of Paper Star Associates, Inc., Ossining, NY, a company for book and paper conservation and library services. The purchase of protective boxes is intended for about 70 volumes of loose periodical issues in greatest need of stabilization, in many cases the only copies in the United States. The Leo Baeck Institute was established in New York in 1955 by German-Jewish refugees to document German-Jewish history and culture. The Periodicals Collection of the Leo Baeck Institute is a one-of-a-kind collection of about 2000 titles.

Project fields: European History, Jewish Studies
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6243)
Jean Whelan (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52157-14
Bates Nursing History Center, Implementing the Preservation Needs Assessment

To support: The purchase of supplies and equipment to improve the environmental conditions and monitoring of a repository of primary source materials and rare books on the history of nursing in the United States. This proposal focuses on the 25 percent of the repository's total collections that are housed on-site at the Bates Nursing History Center, which are the materials most frequently used by researchers. The collection includes the training school diary of Mary Clymer, a nurse and the subject of Thomas Eakins's painting "The Agnew Clinic," which documents day-to-day experiences of a student nurse in the 1880s. Other notable features include materials elucidating race, class, and other themes of 19th- and 20th-century health care, such as the records of the Starr Centre of Philadelphia, a philanthropic organization whose nurses were among the first in the city to cross entrenched color lines; the Mercy-Douglas Hospital and School Nursing Alumni Records and Photograph Collection, an organization of black women and women nurses; and materials on the International Council of Nurses. A notable photograph collection from the Philadelphia General Hospital is among the most extensive collections of hospital photographs in existence, and includes both candid and posed images.

The Bates Nursing History Center seeks funding to purchase supplies and equipment recommended in a 2011 preservation needs assessment visit funded via a NEH Preservation Assistance Grant. The Bates Center collections represent the main repository for primary source materials on the history of nursing in the US. The collections, used to bridge the humanities and basic sciences, attract national and international researchers interested in the ways in which the humanities can inform clinical practice and health policy. This proposal seeks funds for UV absorbing sleeves and covers for light fixtures and windows, shatter resistant light bulbs, three digital recording dataloggers, and a reading room monitoring apparatus. Receipt of funding will enable the Bates Center to carry out several of the preservation needs assessment recommendations thus improving the environmental conditions and monitoring of the Bates Center collections as well as insuring their long term maintenance and survival.

Project fields: History, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Wendy Burk (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52159-14
University of Arizona Poetry Center General Preservation Assessment

To support: A preservation assessment of the University of Arizona Poetry Center's collections, which include 41,000 volumes of poetry, 25,000 serials issues, 4,000 photographs, 1,500 sound recordings, 400 broadsides, and 105 linear feet of institutional records. These materials document the center's history, illustrate southern Arizona's literary landscape, and record visits of nationally recognized poets. The library receives over 10,000 visits annually from the general public and students, and the materials support educational outreach activities to the Tucson area.

The University of Arizona Poetry Center (UAPC) requests support from NEH to conduct a preservation assessment of its holdings, environmental control system, and policies governing the long-term care of one of the most comprehensive and accessible collections of contemporary poetry in the U.S. With this assistance, UAPC will hire a recognized preservation consultant to assess the collection's storage, display, and environmental conditions and provide short- and long-term strategies to optimize preservation. The assessment will include development and implementation of a disaster preparedness and recovery plan. Recommendations from the assessment will be used to set new policies and procedures for UAPC's staff and will be communicated to stakeholders, including the Dean of the University of Arizona College of Humanities and UAPC's Advisory Board and Development Committee, to better integrate preservation practice into the Center's ongoing strategic planning and development activities.

Project fields: Literature, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,809 (approved); $5,809 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma (Miami, OK 74355-1326)
Meghan Dorey (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52162-14
General Preservation Assessment for the Myaamia Heritage Museum & Archive

To support: A preservation assessment leading to a three- to five-year preservation plan for the Myaamia Heritage Museum and Archive. The museum, located within the Miami, Oklahoma Tribal Headquarters as the designated repository of records and cultural objects, comprises 170 linear feet of books, microfilm, photographs, audiovisual materials, textiles, artwork, wooden objects, and beading. The papers of three chiefs document the Miami Nation's tribal government from the 1970s through 2008. The museum's collections also include handwritten notes by the Secretary of the Tribe from the 1930s, the era of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act and the creation of the first tribal constitution. Broader genealogical collections allow tracing of tribal ancestry. Manuscript and family papers include the collections of the small number of families removed to Kansas in 1846, and then to Indian Territory in the 1870s, the progenitors of most current tribal members.

The Myaamia Heritage Museum & Archive (MHMA) is a fully functional and integrated department of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. The MHMA serves as the repository for records and objects that have been identified as having enduring historical and cultural value. Our mission is to collect, preserve, promote, and facilitate access to items chronicling myaamia language, culture, and history for the purpose of advancing knowledge and understanding of these to all tribal members, as well as non-member researches. As a young institution, we feel that a general preservation assessment, in collaboration with a professional museum consultant, will greatly benefit us in striving for these goals. From this assessment, we expect to evaluate our current preservation procedures, identify weaknesses, and create short- and long-term plans for addressing them.

Project fields: Social Sciences, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $4,055 (approved); $4,055 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. (Derby, NY 14047-9731)
Reine Hauser (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52164-14
Graycliff Preservation Assessment of Historic Furnishings

To support: A general preservation assessment of the historic furnishings of Graycliff Estate, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926 as a summer home for Isabelle Redpath Martin and Dwight D. Martin, a Buffalo, New York, businessman. Wright, who also designed the Martins' home in Buffalo, was involved in the complete design of Graycliff, including interior furnishings and finishes. The NEH grant would support the work of a preservation professional, who would identify the long-term preservation needs of built-in and moveable furniture, window treatments, floor and wall coverings, dinnerware, linens, fine and decorative art, photographs, lighting, and fixtures. Concurrent with the preservation study, an historic furnishings report would be prepared with support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

If awarded, an NEH grant will supplement funds received from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the completion of an Historic Furnishings Report for the Graycliff Estate, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This project will undertake a general preservation assessment of the collection of Wright's designed and specified historic interior and exterior furnishings, artifacts, and decorative arts, as well as interior finishes, accessories, hardware, and fixtures. The project will conclude with a series of on-site preservation and education workshops led by the project team, and the resulting research and report will be used to develop an interpretive plan, and guide future decision-making concerning the collection and its role within the historic interiors of the Graycliff Estate.

Project fields: Architecture, Art History and Criticism, Cultural History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Indiana Commission on Public Records (Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739)
Elizabeth Hague (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52165-14
Indiana State Archives, General Preservation Assessment of Collections

To support: A preservation assessment and purchase of environmental monitoring equipment to help preserve the state's archival records, comprising 65,000 cubic feet of material. They include the papers of governors, legislative reports, land deeds, military and legal case files, naturalization records, photographs, and more, documenting a wide array of Indiana's history and culture from its territorial period in the late 18th century to the present. Among the subjects covered extensively are Indiana's involvement in the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World Wars I and II; construction and operation of the Wabash and Erie Canal; mining, agriculture, and transportation industries in Indiana; and the state's health, welfare, and criminal justice systems.

An NEH Preservation Assistance Grant would support two activities: The first will be an overall assessment by a professional preservation consultant of the collections housed within the Indiana State Archives as well as the environmental conditions within the space used to store the collections. Their assessment would be used to formulate both a short-term preservation plan for care of the collections while in the current, temporary building as well as a long-term preservation plan that addresses the housing and storage needs of the collection in a new building. The assessment would be conducted by Alix Bentrud of LYRASIS. The second activity that the grant will support is the purchase of environmental monitoring data-loggers to update and expand the environmental monitoring program.

Project fields: History, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $3,945 (approved); $3,945 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Staten Island Historical Society (New York, NY 10301)
Maxine Friedman (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52166-14
Herbert A. Flamm Photograph Collection Rehousing Project

To support: The purchase of storage shelving and rehousing of approximately 7,300 original acetate film negatives and 2,910 vintage photographs from the Herbert Flamm Collection into archival-quality sleeves and boxes. A lifelong resident of Staten Island, Flamm was a community leader as well as a prolific commercial photographer, whose clients included the Office of the Borough President; the Board of Transportation; and the Bethlehem Steel Company. Flamm specialized in marine photography and documented marine collisions in the New York Harbor as well as the activities of destroyers, aircraft carriers and other military vessels during World War II. His work spans such milestones as the building and completion of the Brooklyn Bridge; the completion of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the first physical connection between Staten Island and the rest of New York City; and the growth of warehouses at the Free Port in Stapleton, the nation's first Foreign Trade Zone.

Staten Island Historical Society will rehouse the 10,000 prints and negatives in its Herbert Flamm photograph collection. Flamm's meticulously detailed photos chronicle notable changes in mid-20th-century Staten Island. Development pressures from other New York City boroughs dramatically altered Staten Island's landscape as well as the size and diversity of its population. Flamm's photos capture these changes, providing a study of a community in flux: the contrast of old farms with the new built environment; the emergence of car culture; the community meeting places, commercial establishments, and popular amusements that served the growing population; and the Island's changing demographic makeup. Nearly all of the negatives are in their original sleeves with Flamm's date and location notes, providing an unparalleled documentary collection. Specific project activities will be to place the prints and negatives into archival-quality sleeves and boxes and place the boxes on new shelving.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)
Eunice Haugen (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52168-14
Preserving a Collection of World Dress at the Goldstein Museum of Design

To support: The purchase of a metal museum cabinet to rehouse a collection of garments from around the world. The rehousing project would ensure the preservation of and access to a collection of about 100 accessory garments--hats, belts, socks, scarves, aprons, and shoes--that belong to ensembles, mostly women's, from Europe, Central and South America, Asia, and the Middle East, and date to the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection includes hand-woven textiles, embroidery, beadwork, and leatherwork that document a global history of textile production, fashion, and design. The collections are used extensively by students, researchers, and in exhibits.

The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota requests $5,500 to purchase one powder-coated metal museum cabinet, which would bring almost to completion a several-years project of re-housing a large and historically-significant group of about 870 garments from cultures around the world. The requested cabinet would allow the re-housing of nearly 100 accessories (hats, belts, socks, scarves, aprons, shoes), essential components of ensembles of world dress that often include three to six garments. The examples of world dress in this collection comprise an irreplaceable historic record of cultural expression in clothing made and worn prior to the 21st century. The requested cabinet, outfitted with nine drawers and replacing crowded, non-archival boxes, would ensure the preservation, safe storage, and easy access of these accessories for scholarship, digitization, and display in gallery exhibitions and educational programs.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,500 (approved); $5,500 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta, GA 30307-1221)
Bobbi Hohmann (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52172-14
Environmental Monitoring and Planning to Preserve Fernbank Museum's Humanities Collections

To support: The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and training of the staff in its use--part of an effort to preserve a collection of more than one million archaeological objects from Georgia and the Southeast focused on late prehistoric and Spanish colonial periods. The museum also houses approximately 1,000 ethnographic objects, including, textiles, jewelry, and photographs from around the world.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History's humanities collections are among the Museum's most valued assets. The majority are anthropological in nature, representing cultures from many different continents and time periods.These collections are central to Fernbank Museum's mission and play a critical role in both temporary and permanent exhibits and educational programs. Fernbank would use grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support two projects essential to the preservation of Fernbank's humanities collection: (1) environmental monitoring and (2) environmental planning. The purchase of new monitoring equipment will allow Fernbank to develop a thorough environmental monitoring and data collection program and consultation with Garrison/Lull, Inc. will provide guidance and expertise that will inform the planning of HVAC and lighting improvements throughout the Museum galleries.

Project fields: Anthropology, Archaeology
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,205 (approved); $5,205 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015

Chester County Historical Society (West Chester, PA 19380-2658)
Ellen Endslow (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52175-14
Light Monitoring and UV Filtration for the Chester County Historical Society

To support: The purchase of UV light filters and a light meter to improve the environment of the museum, library, and photo archives of the Chester County Historical Society. The collections span three centuries and document the history of one of the nation's earliest settlements. The museum collection numbers 80,000 objects and includes decorative arts, furniture, and paintings from the Delaware Valley. Represented in the collection are noted regional artists Andrew Wyeth, Horace Pippin, and Benjamin West. The library houses over 500,000 books, maps, and manuscripts, including letters, diaries, and genealogical files. Among them, the Buffington-Marshall family papers illuminate the agricultural, legal, and social history of the area in the 18th century. The photo archives, with 100,000 objects, spans the history of photography and covers such topics as the Civil War and the Chester County Quaker community. Of particular note are an 1848 daguerreotype of a young Frederick Douglass and cyanotypes made by Maxfield Parrish.

The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) requests funds to purchase UV filters for existing track lighting in permanent galleries. CCHS's contribution will include a portion of that cost, a light meter to monitor visible and UV light levels in the exhibition galleries and collections storage areas, and a minimal number of UV filters for florescent tubes in storage areas. This is a top priority listed in the Preservation Plan 2011-2018 to improve the environment for and care of museum, library and photo archives collections.

Project fields: Arts, General, Interdisciplinary Studies, General, U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages (Stony Brook, NY 11790-1931)
William Ayres (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - 01/16/2014); Joshua Ruff (Project Director, 01/17/2014 - present)
PG-52178-14
The Long Island Museum - Environmental Monitoring and Rehousing Project

To support: The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, storage furniture, and preservation re-housing supplies to enhance the care of the museum's permanent collection-over 40,000 items dating from the late 1700s to the present, including artifacts of everyday life, works of art, and nearly 200 historic carriages, including authentic 19th-century carriage-making tools in working order. The grant would allow staff to better track temperature and humidity levels and inform their decisions on consolidating collection storage areas. The museum serves a broad audience of seasonal tourists and local students, as well as scholars with particular interests in the art of William Sidney Mount and historic carriages.

This project represents a critical advancement for The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages to improve its collection storage monitoring and artifact care. The grant will support the purchase of dataloggers to monitor temperature and humidity in collection storage and exhibition spaces, as well as the development of an updated environmental monitoring program. The grant will also support the purchase of shelving and archival rehousing supplies for objects in the carriage collection. The project is a continuation of a larger-scale effort of collection storage improvements that began with an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for a conservation assessment in 2010 and continued in 2011 with another NEH grant that supported the initial steps to strengthen physical control of the collection by rehousing several major history and carriage collection storage areas. The present request focuses on the next important area of priority in the conservation assessment report.

Project fields: Arts, Other, History, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

City of Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK 99701-4683)
Danyielle Snider (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52180-14
Fairbanks Records Preservation Training

To support: Three workshops for City of Fairbanks archives and records staff and individuals from other area organizations on the fundamentals of preservation for historical collections, environmental management for preservation, and disaster preparedness. The city's collection includes over 120 linear feet of land deeds, court records, photographs, maps, vital records, and city administration files dating back to the establishment of the Territory of Alaska in 1901 and the incorporation of the city of Fairbanks in 1903. Among the material are birth records from 1905 to 1923, death records from 1907 to 1923, and minutes of city council meetings from 1903 to 1990. Much of the early documentation is considered fragile and requires careful handling by staff to facilitate access. The proposed workshops are among a series of recommendations resulting from a preservation assessment conducted in 2011, supported by a previous Preservation Assistance Grant.

The City of Fairbanks has a collection that tells a story of the transformation from a territory to the second largest city in Alaska. The collection contains the original City incorporation documents; documents pertaining to the beginning of Alaska as an official territory; photographs and maps; and court documents, including death certificates and birth records. The National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant will provide funds for training in the preservation and care of humanities collections as recommended in the City of Fairbanks Preservation Needs Assessment. The collection is an essential part in preserving the history of the City and the training will provide the necessary skills to preserve and enhance internal and public access to the collection.

Project fields: History, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (Kirksville, MO 63501-1443)
Debra Loguda-Summers (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52182-14
Disaster Training and Supplies for Museum of Osteopathic Medicine

To support: Hiring two preservation professionals to train the museum and library staff in artifact handling, risk assessment, and disaster response. The grant would also support the purchase of salvage supplies to protect their collections in the event of a disaster. The MOM-ICOH's collections include the papers of Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., founder of osteopathic medicine, and over 50,000 objects, photographs, documents, osteopathic journals and books, dating from the early 1800s to the present. These collections present the history of osteopathic medicine, a unique form of American medicine founded in Kirksville, Missouri. The proposed training in emergency preparedness and disaster response would also be open to the staff of smaller museums and historical societies in rural northeast Missouri.

The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and International Center for Osteopathic History (MOM-ICOH) serves as the primary repository for materials documenting the origins, growth, and practice of osteopathic medicine (1874-present). The Museum seeks to strengthen its emergency/disaster preparedness and enhance staff knowledge and skills in preservation of a unique humanities collection in rural northeast Missouri. Within a year (January 1, 2014-December 31, 2014), MOM-ICOH proposes to facilitate educational training of museum and historical society personnel throughout Missouri in collection care and preservation, risk assessment, and disaster/emergency preparedness, as well as to purchase critically needed salvage supplies for emergency response in the event of a disaster.

Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,998 (approved); $5,998 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Connecticut Historical Society (Hartford, CT 06105)
Nancy Finlay (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52184-14
Conservation Assessment of Single-Sheet Maps and Charts at the Connecticut Historical Society

To support: A preservation assessment for a collection of nearly 1,000 maps and charts at the Connecticut Historical Society. The collection includes maps of Connecticut as well as maps by Connecticut cartographers and printers that document changes in the physical and political geography of the state while placing the role of Connecticut in the broader context of U.S. history. Exemplars include maps of Connecticut's historical territory in present-day Ohio, Civil War-era maps, and one copy of Abel Buell's "New and Correct Map of the United States of North America" (1784), the first U.S. map following the Treaty of Paris. The collections have been used in exhibits on U.S. history and are available for study by researchers, teachers, students, and the public.

This grant will fund a collections survey of approximately 1000 single-sheet maps. Many of these maps, such as Abel Buell's 1784 Map of the United States, are extremely rare and extremely valuable, and are important primary documents for the study of American history. Using computerized survey forms, Rebecca Johnston, Conservator of Paper at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC) and an assistant will conduct an on-site survey and prepare detailed condition reports for those maps requiring treatment, in preparation for a major conservation initiative to take place in 2015-2016.

Project fields: American Studies, Geography, U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,600 (approved); $5,600 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Chicago Film Archives (Chicago, IL 60616-1772)
Anne Wells (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52188-14
Rehousing for the Frank Koza Newsreel and the Robert and Terry Davis Travelogue Collections

To support: The purchase of customized steel shelving for the storage of two film collections that altogether span the 1930s to 1990s. The Frank Koza Collection contains 2,072 newsreel films, the bulk of which covers the 1950s through the early 1970s. A cinematographer who started his career working for Movietone News and later for local broadcast affiliates in Chicago, Frank Koza filmed political stories that included the Republican and Democratic national conventions in Chicago; Midwest campaign footage of Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, and Adlai Stevenson; the 1958 sinking of the USS Bradley in Lake Michigan; and training sessions by sports figures like Satchel Paige, Muhammed Ali, and Willie Mays. The Robert and Terry Davis Collection contains 700 travel film and sound items shot and produced by the husband and wife filmmakers. Among their travels, the Davises filmed in Thailand, Iceland, the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Algeria, Cuba, Guatemala, New Zealand, and Sumatra; some of the footage dates to the 1930s.

This grant would support the purchase of ten archival steel shelving units for storage of Chicago Film Archives' Frank Koza Newsreel Collection and the Robert and Terry Davis Travelogue Collection. The Koza film collection reflects the political and social histories of the Midwest United States from the 1940s through the 1970s. While most of Chicago-area broadcast news outlets got rid of their media after a period of time, Frank Koza, a cinematographer who shot these stories, collected, organized and saved the raw footage. It includes footage of the great sports and political figures from this era. The Robert and Terry Davis Collection reflects the filmic exploration of a number of cultures, geographical landscapes,religious rituals, political transformations and social groups throughout the world. In addition to the hundreds of hours of film footage and audio recordings, there are countless journals, scripts, photographs and newsletters within the collection.

Project fields: Cultural Anthropology, Cultural History, Film History and Criticism
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute (Indiana, PA 15701)
Harrison Wick (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52189-14
Preserving the Coffman Photograph Collection

To support: The hiring of a consultant to conduct a collection assessment of the Coffman Photograph Collection, followed by staff training on proper handling and rehousing techniques for photographic collections. The collection comprises 16,000 images spanning the 50-year career of photojournalist Wilbur L. Coffman. From 1922 to 1942, Coffman worked as a photographer for the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" documenting the city's political gatherings, crime scenes, disasters, and visits by celebrities. In 1943, Coffman was hired by the Office of War Information to document Allied relief and reconstruction activities in the Mediterranean Theater during World War II. Following the war, he established a commercial studio that, over a 30-year span, captured local business activities, family portraits, and social customs in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Collectively, the images, dating between 1947 and 1979, present a rich record of western Pennsylvania's coal mining industry and the growth of new industries, such as power plants and manufacturing operations, alongside traditional farms.

The project supports the collection assessment of the Coffman Photograph Collection. The requested $6,000 will partially pay for having CCAHA photograph conservator Rachel Wetzel visit IUP to assess the collection; provide a training workshop on the proper handling of prints and negatives; and prepare a report on the best practices of preserving the collection, including reformatting fragile and unstable images. The collection comprises 16,000 images of historic and cultural interest, representing the career of photojournalist Wilbur L. Coffman (1902-1982). The collection encompasses three distinct periods in his career: 1922-1942, as a news photographer in Pittsburgh; 1943-1945, as a photojournalist for the Office of War Information during World War II; and 1947-1979, as a commercial studio photographer and a part-time photographer for the "Indiana Evening Gazette" in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Project fields: Arts, General, Cultural History, Journalism
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Scranton Public Library (Scranton, PA 18503)
Scott Thomas (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52191-14
Preservation Planning at the Scranton Public Library

To support: A preservation assessment and development of a preservation plan for the library's local history and genealogy collections, which document the history of Scranton and the Lackawanna Valley in Pennsylvania. The library's Local History and Genealogy Collection includes 1,926 linear feet of materials relating to the City of Scranton and surrounding counties, documenting the history of the region, the anthracite coal and associated industries, and the growth of railroads and transportation. Notable collections include an extensive photograph archive, reports pertaining to the domestic and international coal industries and manufacturing dating from the 1870s through the 1930s, Scranton city directories (dating back to 1859), street lists (1908-1927), newspapers (from 1863), and materials describing vital statistics and demographics.

The Scranton Public Library proposes to hire a preservation expert to conduct a general preservation assessment and develop a preservation plan. The Local History collection contains over 5000 monographs, including a complete run of City Directories, several large atlases, maps, 450 photographs, and over 1900 clipping files pertaining to the history of the Lackawanna Valley. These items were acquired over the library's 120 year history. The consultant will conduct an analysis of the collection, offer recommendations for the library regarding preservation activities and develop an implementation schedule for said activities.

Project fields: Public History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015

State University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA 30118-0001)
Suzanne Durham (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - 01/06/2014); Blynne Olivieri (Project Director, 01/07/2014 - present)
PG-52192-14
Printed Materials in the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections

To support: A preservation assessment of 3,000 printed items in the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections at the State University of West Georgia. Materials include published books and serials as well as maps and ephemera that touch on topics spanning agriculture, education, music, religion, politics, and other aspects of local and regional history. Highlights include songbooks and ephemera from Sacred Harp shape-note singing societies from across the southeastern United States, the Ingram Collection of historical children's literature and illustration, and manuscripts and personal libraries from notable faculty scholars. The collections have been used in courses in literature, history, psychology, and music at the university, as well as by scholars and the public.

The NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions will fund a preservation assessment of approximately 3,000 printed items in the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections. These items, dating from the sixteenth century to the 1970s, consist of monographs, serials, maps, and ephemera. Content strengths are in regional and state history and culture; particularly the fields of agriculture, education, music, religion, and politics, including the unique musical traditions of Sacred Harp and shape note singing. The materials also include several personal libraries of former faculty and nationally known scholars. The assessment will be conducted by a professional preservation consultant based at Etherington Conservation Services in Greensboro, North Carolina. The consultant will evaluate the physical condition of the materials; provide guidelines for stabilization and housing by format and condition; review environmental conditions; and then make conservation recommendations.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

University of Texas, Pan American (Edinburg, TX 78539-2909)
Margaret Dorsey (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52196-14
Preservation Assessment: Border Studies Archive and Museum of South Texas History

To support: A preservation assessment and staff training in the preservation of audiovisual materials for the Border Studies Archive and Museum of South Texas History. The assessment would focus on five major collections of historical materials on the lower Rio Grande Valley, including photographs, moving image materials, and sound recordings in English and Spanish. The collections are particularly strong in oral histories, many of which preserve unique and irreplaceable documentation of the history of the border region. Collections serve the local communities as well as researchers.

The collections of the Border Studies Archive (BSA) and the Museum of South Texas History (the Museum) document the unique history and contemporary culture in South Texas/North Mexico. The BSA houses collections focused on the folklore, culture, histories and lives of people living along the U.S.-Mexican border in South Texas, with an emphasis on gathering high quality, in-depth narratives using digital audio and visual media. The Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits historical material relating to the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. The preservation assistance grant will engage Joshua Ranger as a preservation consultant to conduct preservation needs assessments of the institutions' audiovisual collections as well as recommend and provide training for the future preservation and storage of both collections and their digital preservation programs. This assessment, thus, helps secure a promising future for both institutions' unique collections.

Project fields: Anthropology, Immigration History, Latino History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015

St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI 54115-2099)
Shan Bryan-Hanson (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52197-14
St. Norbert College Art Galleries and Collections, General Preservation Assessment for Art Collection

To support: A general preservation assessment of the St. Norbert College Art Galleries and Collections. Its holdings of approximately 1,000 works of art include pieces by Ben Shahn, Alexander Calder, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Frederick Hart, as well as illuminated manuscripts from medieval France that represent the Norbertine heritage. The collection also houses sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and decorative objects.

The St. Norbert College Art Galleries and Collections serve to inspire, enhance and culturally enrich scholarship at St. Norbert College and within the greater community through the collection, preservation and exhibition of original art. The art collection supports humanities research by providing St. Norbert College students, as well as the general public, direct access to original art. It is comprised of approximately 950 objects, predominantly works on paper, painting and sculpture. A general preservation assessment of the art collection is an important next step in developing a strategy for maximizing accessibility to the art collection while also preserving it for future generations.

Project fields: Arts, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Wesleyan College (Macon, GA 31210-4462)
Lisa Sloben (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52200-14
Wesleyan College Treasures: Assessing 175 Years of Period Attire

To support: Hiring a consultant to undertake a general preservation assessment of a textile collection documenting the history of women's dress in the South from the 1830s to the present. The dresses and accessories -- jewelry, hats, handbags, parasols, and gloves--in the Wesleyan College Museum of Art's collection provide insight into the history of education, self-expression, and changing fashions of generations of graduates of this pioneering women's institution. Highlights include an early 19th-century dress made of home-grown cotton and indigo-dyed fabric that was worn by a family of South Georgia sisters, a World War I Red Cross nurse's uniform, flapper dresses of the 1920s, and a 1950s pink tulle piano recital dress. Used extensively by students and researchers, the collection was recently featured in a retrospective exhibit for the school's 175th anniversary.

Wesleyan College, the oldest college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, owns a collection of historic dresses that presents a panoramic view of period attire from the 1830s to the present. Reflecting the influence of Southern culture and heritage, each individual costume represents a story that is special to the history of women's education. While many of the individual dresses stand out for their beauty, the value of the collection lies in its strength as a whole--one that has great aesthetic and educational significance to students, scholars and visitors. Hence, we will engage a textile consultant to conduct an on-site general preservation assessment of policies, practices and conditions affecting the care, storage and exhibition of these costumes and then recommend a long-term plan for the care and sustainability of our textile collection. Her findings will be incorporated into our strategic plan for preserving this fine collection.

Project fields: Arts, General, Arts, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Park Forest Historical Society (Park Forest, IL 60466-1619)
Jane Stover (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52202-14
Saving the History of Park Forest, Illinois

To support: A preservation assessment for newspaper and oral history collections as well as the purchase of preservation supplies. The collections of the Park Forest Historical Society pertain to the history and development of Park Forest, Illinois, the first fully planned, post-World War II suburb of Chicago. These materials inform the study of postwar society, the nature of American urban life from the 1950s to the 1980s, commuter culture and suburbia, and American studies. Collections include 185 linear feet of records, including two local newspaper titles, scrapbooks, and photographs. Oral histories document urban development in the postwar era. These holdings have been used as primary sources for scholarly books, magazine articles, exhibitions, public programming, and educational programs.

The Preservation Assistance Grant would support assessment of the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive, documenting the first fully-planned post-World War II suburb, by a professional preservation consultant. The assessment would include the bulk of the collection in the Archive Office, including newspapers; and the Local History Files, and oral histories currently held at the Park Forest Public Library. This assessment of policies, practices and condition of physical collections, current storage and environmental conditions of the physical spaces will be used to prepare short and long term recommendations for future preservation, organization, and housing. The conservator doing the assessment will be Jennifer Hain Teper, Head of Preservation and Conservation at the University of Illinois Libraries. She will recommend purchase of preservation and storage supplies including archival boxes, folders and envelopes, labels, a PEM2 Datalogger, and a Particulate Vac Hepa vacuum.

Project fields: African American History, U.S. History, Urban History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Hermitage (Hermitage, TN 37076-1344)
Brian Guzzi (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52203-14
The Hermitage Ultraviolet Light Filtering Interior Storm Window Replacement

To support: Consultation with a historic preservation architect, an engineer, and a conservator to identify improved approaches to reducing light levels and preventing moisture infiltration for the protection of collections in the Hermitage, the 1836 home of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States. The Hermitage, designated a National Historic Landmark, contains personal possessions of the Jackson family, including furniture, decorative arts, prints and paintings, maps, documents, and books, as well as French wallpapers that are original to the home. Through earlier NEH support, the museum developed an interpretive plan for the home that focuses on such themes as the growing democracy, slavery and the cotton economy, and western expansion.

This is a project to design replacement UV-filtering interior storm windows for the Hermitage mansion. The Hermitage mansion and the collections exhibited there comprise a unique collection that provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of a wealthy antebellum planter and slaveholder, national hero, and the most influential politician between Washington and Lincoln, Andrew Jackson. Nearly all of the furnishings, including six rooms of wallpaper, are original to the Jackson family. The original mansion windows and light sensitive collections are presently suffering from degraded and poorly designed ultraviolet filtering interior storm windows. This project will enable The Hermitage to bring together a team of consultants and staff to correct the window design flaws to produce a construction-ready design for replacement storm windows. These windows, once built and installed (a separate project), will provide ultraviolet light protection for the collection.

Project fields: Public History, U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL 33480)
Tracy Kamerer (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52219-14
Preservation Training and Storage Improvement for Historic Florida Film Collection

To support: Training workshops for the museum's archivist, along with the purchase of basic archival supplies and equipment, to help preserve the film-based collection. Located at Whitehall, a National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach, Florida, the museum chronicles the life and career of Henry Morrison Flagler, founding partner of Standard Oil and builder of the Florida East Coast Railway. The film collection contains over 4,000 16mm reels, video, negatives, and transparencies, which cover aspects of Florida's history beginning in the 1920s, such as railway expansion, the development of Palm Beach and Key West, and tourism and recreation. The collection also documents major Florida historical events, such as the 1928 hurricane (the worst in state history), the establishment (and burning) of Flagler's major hotels, and provides early footage of Whitehall and the Flagler family.

This grant would support training and storage improvement for the Flagler Museum's film-based archival material. These materials are highly significant both regionally and nationally as they cover some of the most important Gilded Age figures, events, and architecture. The collection has been used in exhibitions, documentary films, museum publications, and "Newspapers-in-Education Tabloids" for Florida's students. The goals are to create safe and appropriate storage and to provide training on collections care, thereby continuing the process of preserving the Museum's fragile film stock and making it more accessible. The Archivist would attend workshops at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. Additionally, the Museum would purchase the collections care supplies and equipment recommended by the Photograph Conservator who conducted the Assessment of Film-Based Materials in March 2013, a project supported by the previous NEH Preservation Assistance Grant.

Project fields: Cultural History, U.S. History, U.S. Regional Studies
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 3/1/2014 – 8/31/2015

Carnegie Hall Society (New York , NY 10019-3293)
Gino Francesconi (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52221-14
Carnegie Hall Archives Preservation Project

To support: The purchase of archival quality containers to rehouse and preserve the audio collection of the radio program "AT&T Presents Carnegie Hall Tonight." The collection comprises 1,509 audio tapes, or 1,000 hours of programming, of the weekly series that aired from 1984 to 1988. The series featured great classical artists and orchestras-Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonard Bernstein, and the Vienna Philharmonic-as well as jazz, pop, and folk figures such as Eartha Kitt, Liza Minnelli, and Pete Seeger. Besides musical performances, the hour-long broadcasts also offered commentary on musical selections, interviews of prominent artists and composers, and other programming related to special events and occasions.

The project will enable Carnegie Hall's Archives to re-house and preserve our AT&T Presents Carnegie Hall Tonight, a high priority audio collection that is core to our permanent collection. Carnegie Hall's Archives is made up of papers, programs, audio and video recordings, manuscripts, ephemera, objects, artwork, photographs and other materials that document the rich and varied 122-year history of the world renowned performing arts facility--a history that mirrors the social and cultural history of the United States. Preservation measures of this project are based on assessments conducted in 2010 by professional consultants in audiovisual conservation. This collection is a key record of Carnegie Hall's concert and event history, and contains audio representation of iconic figures and events that have shaped the history of the Hall.

Project fields: Music History and Criticism
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Maine Historical Society (Portland, ME 04101-3498)
John Mayer (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52224-14
MHS Environmental Monitoring Program - Equipment Update and Program Renewal

To support: The purchase of dataloggers and consultation with a conservator who would review the museum's environmental monitoring program. This project would help the museum gain a better understanding of conditions under which humanities collections are stored and exhibited, and it would inform the museum's future preservation strategies. The historical society would monitor conditions for its library, archives, and museum collections, which include manuscripts, photographs, architectural and engineering drawings, maps, printed ephemera, rare books, decorative arts, fine and folk art, costumes and textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, domestic artifacts, and militaria. These extensive collections support the study of Maine's social, economic, political, and cultural history.

The Maine Historical Society, founded in 1822, has one of the largest, most diverse, and important collections of materials related to Maine history in the state. This grant will provide the funds needed to replace and bring up to date the environmental monitoring equipment used in collections areas in all three buildings on campus, and the funds needed to cover the expenses of the consulting conservator who will review monitoring methodology. Updating monitoring equipment is one of the top conservation priorities as identified in the MHS 2011 Preservation Plan. The goals of this project are to sustain and enhance our existing environmental monitoring program by replacing out-of-date data loggers with new equipment. Purchasing new equipment will bring our data loggers up to date and introduce new capacities for data analysis and management. This project would replace the existing but failing monitoring units with PEM2 loggers from the Image Permanence Institute.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,266 (approved); $5,266 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Victoria College (Victoria, TX 77901-4494)
Sheron Barnes (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52226-14
Preservation Assessment and Training for Victoria Regional History Center

To support: A preservation assessment, staff training, and the purchase of archival supplies for the library's collection of books, maps, photographs, manuscripts, and records documenting the history of Victoria and the mid-Gulf Coast region of Texas. The library serves two institutions of higher education, housing administrative records, yearbooks, scrapbooks, and campus newspapers for both Victoria College and the University of Houston at Victoria. In addition, collections documenting the city of Victoria-called the "Golden Crescent" for its position as regional hub for seven counties-include government records, historic photographs of ranching culture and immigrant settlement, reports of archaeological excavations, architectural records, and other materials documenting the business and everyday life of Victoria and the surrounding area.

The Victoria Regional History Center (VRHC) preserves and provides access to historically valuable records of the academic institutions on campus, as well as those records that document the history of Victoria and the mid-Gulf Coast region of Texas. The library's extensive collections of books, maps, and other published materials, as well as photographs, manuscripts, county records, business and association records, and non-print media support the curricula of the Victoria College and University of Houston-Victoria and serve local, state, and national scholars, historians, genealogists and lifelong learners. The grant from NEH would support a professional consultant's preservation assessment of the collections held by the VRHC and provide staff with necessary training and supplies. The assessment would be the foundation of a long-range preservation plan for the care and sustainability of the library's collections.

Project fields: History, Other, Interdisciplinary Studies, Other, Social Sciences, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

University of Montana (Missoula, MT 59801)
Donna McCrea (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52229-14
Conservation Consultation for the University of Montana's Audiovisual Collection

To support: The hiring of a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of the library's audiovisual collection, which includes over 400 films on various formats and thousands of audio recordings. The films cover a diverse range of Montana's history beginning in the 1920s. A collection of early 20th-century home movies documents local activities such as logging, fishing, and horse shows, as well as national and state parks, including Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and the National Bison Range. Other films in the library's collection include footage of U.S. Congressman Mike Mansfield from 1956 to 1987 and promotional material produced by the Northern Pacific Railway. The latter films, produced between the 1920s and early 1940s, portray the Rocky Mountain West and Pacific Northwest as the "Old West," while offering insight into the marketing techniques that, for example, employed American Indian greeters and promoted company-owned dude ranches. An extensive collection of 3,100 oral histories conducted over the course of 400 projects covers a wide range of topics including the Depression in Montana, fur trapping, the history of smokejumping, and the University of Montana.

This project proposal requests $6000 to hire a consultant to survey, assess, and provide written recommendations for conservation of and access to the moving image and sound recording collections held by the University of Montana's Mansfield Library. These collections, which are part of the Library's Archives and Special Collections Department, are used by students, scholars, businesses and the general public for their personal and professional research. The collections have significance to the humanities because they provide primary source documentation of the people, events and activities of Montana and Montanans from the 1920s to the 1990s. A large portion of these materials, including home movies and oral histories, are held uniquely by the University of Montana.

Project fields: American Studies, U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015

Earlham College (Richmond, IN 47374-4095)
Anne Thomason (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - 02/10/2014); Jenny Freed (Project Director, 02/11/2014 - present)
PG-52230-14
Preservation Assessment of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives

To support: A preservation assessment and purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and preservation supplies for an archival collection documenting the history of Quaker religion and culture in the Midwest and beyond. Comprising over 3,000 linear feet of historical materials, the collection includes the papers of prominent Quaker theologians, antislavery activists, educators, politicians, peace movement leaders, and artists. Also included are the historical archives of Earlham College, along with the records of Quaker Yearly Meetings and of births, deaths, and marriages in Midwestern Quaker communities dating back to the 19th century. Collection highlights include the papers of the Friends United Meeting organization, chronicling the work of Quaker missionaries in Africa, Central and South America, and the Middle East.

This proposal seeks funding to support a preservation needs assessment survey at the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives in Richmond, Indiana. The Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives serves as the official archives for Earlham College and collects manuscripts on the history of Quakerism in the Midwest. 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 collection, 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. We also seek funding to purchase data loggers to measure humidity and temperature in the storage areas and reading room, and for KASEBox enclosures for housing fragile Indiana Yearly Meeting minutes.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,165 (approved); $5,165 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL 60115)
Jennifer Kirker-Priest (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52231-14
Textile Storage and Environmental Monitoring

To support: The purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment and the training for museum staff to improve the care of a collection of 1,011 textiles from Southeast Asia and the Americas. Among them are tapestries, rugs, garments, embroidery, needlework, and pictorial textiles, mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum also holds three full looms, a collection of Peruvian spindles, and several spinning wheels. Items from the collection regularly appear in exhibits sponsored by the museum.

The Textile Storage and Environmental Monitoring project empowers the NIU Anthropology Museum to achieve one of its stated strategic goals to provide stable, secure, and environmentally sound conditions for the permanent collections. By addressing storage conditions for its textile collection and developing an environmental monitoring plan for the museum, the Museum will better demonstrate integrity and accountability in collections management. This collection of 1011 ethnographic textiles represents 10% of the permanent collection and is one of the strengths of the museum. Although museum staff have worked diligently to properly store the textiles, 20% of the collection remain incorrectly rolled on acidic cardboard tubes. This project provides acid-free tubes to complete proper storage of the textile collection, professional training for the Museum curator to learn the special care of textile collections, and dataloggers and software as part of a new environmental monitoring strategy.

Project fields: Cultural Anthropology
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,939 (approved); $5,939 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 10/31/2015

Plant City Photo Archives, Inc. (Plant City, FL 33563-5412)
Gilbert Gott (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52238-14
The Early Bill Friend Collection (1940-1965) Preservation Project

To support: The purchase of storage furniture and archival supplies to store the photographic negatives of the Bill Friend Collection, which comprises 53,882 images (seven boxes of almost 50,000 films and approximately 4,000 proofs and prints). Taken between 1940 and 2000, the photographs document community life in East Hillsborough County, Florida. Images of the Florida Strawberry Festival's Grand Parade reveal the political and economic interconnections of Plant City, which was founded by railroad entrepreneur Henry Bradley Plant and is known as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. Photos taken by Friend document the entire process of producing strawberries from field to table, as well as the activity of industry leader Southland Frozen Food Corporation.

Plant City Photo Archives, Inc. is requesting support for the purchase of archival storage supplies, shelving furniture, and climate monitors to properly re-house the early Bill Friend Collection 1940-1965. The collection's black-and-white images chronicle the history of a small American community facing the opportunities and challenges of the 20th century. Nationally significant themes in the early Bill Friend Collection include: advances in agriculture and transportation from 1940 to 1965, historic commercial architecture of the 20th century, African American school life during segregation, and small town life during a period of incredible transportation and industrial expansion. Bill Friend's photography preserves the hope and aspirations of a community in an extremely transformative period of social and economic progress. The proposed project implements the recommendations of a 2010 CAP (Conservation Assessment Program) assessment.

Project fields: History, General, U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI 54307-9042)
Kim LaPlante (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52244-14
Historical Archives Preservation Assessment and Improvement

To support: A preservation assessment; training on processing, organizing, and rehousing; and the purchase of archival supplies and a fireproof storage cabinet for the library's collection of 900 documents and letters, 400 brochures and marketing pieces, 500 books and booklets, 2,500 photographs, and 200 artifacts. Materials document the history of the adult vocational system within a changing labor landscape, offering insight on themes including language education for the region's early immigrants, continuing education for young adults who left school at 14, the impact of the Great Depression and world wars on the region, changing gender roles, and technology. Notable items include brochures of class lists, ledgers for expenditures for courses, and photographs of classroom instruction in basic skills such as electricity, house wiring, sheet metal, cosmetology, physical education, and printing.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College requests a grant of $5,975 for its Historical Archives Preservation Assessment and Improvement project. Located in the library of the College's Green Bay, Wisconsin, campus, the archives consists of 4,500 items including documents/letters, brochures/marketing pieces, books/booklets, photographs and artifacts. The collection provides a unique glimpse into the history of the adult vocational system and the response of education to the changing labor needs of Northeast Wisconsin since 1912. The project will consist of three activities: (1) a preservation assessment of the collection by a professional consultant, (2) forty hours of training for the project director on processing, organizing and rehousing the collection, and (3) purchase of archival supplies and a fireproof storage cabinet to protect the collection. The goal of the project is to ensure the College's long-term ability to serve as stewards of its historical archives collection.

Project fields: History, Other, Labor History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,975 (approved); $5,975 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD 57069-2390)
Alison Erazmus (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52247-14
General Preservation Assessment for the University Art Galleries

To support: The general preservation assessment of the University Art Galleries (UAG) permanent collection, which would be used in the development of a long-range plan. The galleries hold the largest collection of paintings by Native American artist Oscar Howe, as well as works by many of Howe's students, including Arthur Amiotte, Robert Penn, and Roger Broer. The UAG continues to expand its contemporary Native American art collection by acquiring three works per year from award winners of the North Plains Indian Art Market. Along with its Native American art collection, the galleries house 400 prints produced by the Associated American Artists company, founded during the Great Depression, and 500 original illustrations and cartoons strips created in the mid-20th century.

The University Art Galleries (UAG) permanent collection at the University of South Dakota (USD) is the only on-campus collection devoted to offering a visual arts component for interdisciplinary research and education in the humanities. The UAG was established in 1977 as a unit within the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota. Over the past thirty-five years, the UAG has established a permanent collection that now contains 2,500 fine art and historical objects. The permanent collection includes Native American and Regionalist art from the upper Midwest, graphic arts from the 20th century, world art, and contemporary art. A preservation assistance grant will support a general assessment survey of the UAG permanent collection. The general assessment survey will provide recommendations on how UAG staff can reach specific goals such as improving the storage and display of the collection on campus.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

University of North Carolina, Randall Library (Wilmington, NC 28403)
Adina Riggins (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52248-14
Preservation Assessment at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

To support: A preservation assessment of the university's rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials documenting the history, mission, and curriculum of the university and the history of the lower Cape Fear Region of North Carolina. Collections include the Southeast North Carolina Collection (approximately 4,100 magazines, newsletters, and other items pertaining to the creative output of the region), the rare books collection (approximately 12,650 books including the William Gillen History of Medicine Collection dating to the 1600s), and manuscript collections that have been used by scholars and the public for projects on the Civil War, religion in North Carolina, the history of medicine, and civil rights.

This project proposes hiring a preservation consultant to survey Special Collections and University Archives at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) to make prioritized recommendations for improving collection care. Special Collections and University Archives in William Madison Randall Library include rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other unique materials that document the history of the lower Cape Fear region, support the mission or curriculum of the university, or document the history of the university. These collections support research, education, and lifelong learning for students, faculty, and residents of Southeastern North Carolina, as well as for a broad scholarly community. The assessment report will cover environmental, storage, and handling procedures, helping the staff to take action to ensure the long-term preservation of collections based on prioritized collection needs.

Project fields: Arts, General, History, General, Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ 07470-2152)
Kristen Evangelista (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52257-14
William Paterson University Galleries: Preservation Assessment

To support: A preservation assessment of 430 ethnographic objects from Africa and Oceania. They include objects used in rituals (masks, ceremonial stools, drums), items with more utilitarian purposes (baskets, bowls, fishhooks), and bodily adornments (necklaces, breastplates, and headbands). Represented in the collection are materials produced by more than 40 different ethnic groups from sub-Saharan Africa, New Guinea, and the islands of the Pacific. Highlights include a wooden D'imba headdress worn by the Baga people of the Guinea coast; an "antelope" crest mask used in the ceremonies of the Bamana people in Mali; and wooden carvings representing war and hunting deities from the Middle Sepik region of Papua New Guinea.

For the first time in the gallery's history, the William Paterson University Galleries will hire a preservation professional to assess the collection and recommended measures to preserve the university's collection of ethnographic objects. This project will focus on the Joan and Gordon Tobias Collection of African and Oceanic Art of 430 objects, which represent several categories: adornment, ceremonial, and household items.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Point Lookout Historical Society (Point Lookout , NY 11569)
Ann Holt (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52259-14
Point Lookout Historical Society General Preservation Assessment and Emergency Preparedness Plan

To support: A preservation assessment and consultation to plan for future disaster preparedness at the Point Lookout Historical Society, which was forced to relocate after its building was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The collections include civic records and ephemera that document the local history of Point Lookout since the 1600s, with coverage of topics such as the history of living and working by the sea, the development of environmentalism in the region, military history, and railroad history. The collection of approximately 250,000 items includes manuscripts, correspondence, books, maps, photographs, artifacts, and audiovisual materials. It has supported research projects by local students as well as on- and off-site exhibits on community history.

The Point Lookout Historical Society (PLHS) recently relocated after having lost its home due to Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. In January 2013, PLHS obtained its charter from the NYS Board of Regents. PLHS seeks 6000$ to hire a consultant to 1) conduct a general assessment of the preservation needs of the collections since relocation, 2) assess the environmental and storage conditions 3) provide guidelines for space recommendations meeting archival standards and, 4) advise on an emergency preparedness plan for future-weather related events. The collections (1600s to present) represent the history of the local community dating back to the colonial era with the original land grant. The collections document the history of Point Lookout, among other things, its civic and environmental records, and historical ephemera. They are used for exhibits, educational programming at local events, historical research (for scholars from K-12 and above), and genealogical inquiry.

Project fields: Arts, General, History, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015

Kawerak, Inc. (Nome, AK 99762)
Amy Russell (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52260-14
Purchase Materials to Preserve Alaska Native Collections of the Bering Strait

To support: The purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment to improve the care of a collection of more than 150 ethnographic objects representing three distinct aboriginal populations from Alaska's Bering Strait region. Highlights include a rare clay basket, ceremonial masks and figures, garments, tools for hunting and cooking, and traditional fishing equipment. Items from the collection have been used in school programs and traveling exhibitions.

The Beringia Center of Culture and Science, managed by a non-profit consortium of 20 tribes, seeks funding to purchase preservation and rehousing supplies and environmental monitoring equipment to help preserve our ethnographic collections, which include Alaska Native artifacts, art and cultural materials of the Inupiat, Yupik, and Saint Lawrence Island peoples of the Bering Strait. Some of our collection dates back 1800 years, to the time of the development of Western civilizations, and is valuable for archaeological and climate change research. The greatest importance of our collection is its potential for educational programs to share and celebrate the unique traditional knowledge and cultural history of this region, support tribes in passing knowledge on to their youth, and assist the preservation of the living cultures of this region.

Project fields: Arts, Other, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $2,981 (approved); $2,981 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Smith River Rancheria (Smith River, CA 95567-9446)
Buffy McQuillen (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52261-14
Smith River Rancheria Tribal Collections Preservation Project

To support: A preservation assessment and purchase of preservation supplies for a collection of archival, ethnographic, archaeological, and audiovisual sources documenting the history and culture of the Tolowa-Dee-ni' tribe, located in California. Materials include ceremonial dance items, tools, basketry, correspondence, and recordings of tribal elders and provide information on prehistoric and modern Tolowa traditions. The collection also comprises field notes, recordings, and other documentation about the tribe gathered by ethnographers from academic institutions during the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. These materials are used for historical, archaeological, and ethnographic research and for assisting tribal elders and educators in sustaining use of the Tolowa language.

The Smith River Rancheria (Tribe) is seeking funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance grant to support an archival and museum conservation assessment for materials and objects housed within the Smith River Rancheria's tribal collections and purchase archival supplies for the tribal archive. These activities would assess the physical collections in their current storage space, the environmental condition of the space, and the proposed space for the Smith River Interpretive Center in Smith River, California. The end result of the two (2) assessments is to prepare short and long term plan with recommendations for preservation, storage space and the appropriate environmental conditions for the old and new facility. The archival assessment will be conducted by Edith Butler, a professional archivist and the conservation assessment will be conducted by Angela McGrew, a professional conservator.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA 98225-5996)
Sarah Campbell (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52264-14
Collections Needs Assessment of Humanities Collections in the Anthropology Department

To support: A preservation assessment of a collection of archaeological materials from Washington State. They include extensive artifact and faunal remains from 83 prehistoric sites in northwest Washington, along with accompanying field records and related reference works and archival materials. The museum also houses a small collection of early Korean ceramics.

Since the 1920s, the archaeology program at WWU has been creating significant humanities collections through scientific excavation during instructional field schools, research projects and travel by graduate students & faculty members, & contract projects for government agencies. Facilities on & off campus house over 1,050 cubic feet of artifacts, soil samples, faunal & botanical remains, & over 45 linear feet of field records. In the past, faculty informally managed the collections. From 2011 to 2013, hired staff documented & organized the collections. As documentation & organization of the collections nears completion, the program must determine what needs to be done to preserve these irreplaceable cultural resources for education & research. The program, through the Anthropology Department, requests grant support of $5,750 to hire a museum consultant for a collections needs assessment to evaluate strengths & weaknesses of the program's humanities collections repository.

Project fields: Anthropology, Archaeology, History of Science
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,750 (approved); $5,750 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015

Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Municipal Libraries (Anchorage, AK 99519-6650)
Angela Demma (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52265-14
Anchorage 1% for Art Program and Anchorage Museum Exterior Sculpture Conservation Assessment

To support: A conservation assessment of 90 outdoor sculptures from Anchorage's 1% for Art Program and five additional outdoor sculptures and a Japanese cannon from World War II that are part of the Anchorage Museum's collection. The collection to be assessed includes works by local, national, and international artists such as James Schoppert, Nancy Taylor Stonington, Edward Brownlee, Mauricio Robalino, William King, Dennis Oppenheim, and Antony Gormley. The sculptures are located throughout Anchorage near public education and community institutions and are often created with the location in mind. Annual tours of the collection educate the public on the significance of these works.

The goal of the project is to improve the ability of the Municipality of Anchorage's 1% for Art Program and the Anchorage Museum to care for their most valuable and vulnerable exterior sculptures and preserve them for future generations. The project funds will support the cost of contracting a conservator who specializes in publicly-held, outdoor sculpture. Of the 4 conservators in Alaska, none specialize in outdoor sculpture and none are available for a contract this size. Therefore, travel funds are needed to hire a conservator from the Pacific Northwest, which is the most economical choice for travel to Alaska. The conservator's scope of work will be to assess a prioritized list of sculptures commissioned through the Municipality of Anchorage 1% for Art Program and 6 artworks accessioned by the Anchorage Museum and document the following: the conservation needs for each artwork, estimated costs for conservation treatments, and long-range care and preservation suggestions.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,988 (approved); $5,988 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Hampshire College (Amherst, MA 01002-3359)
Jimi Jones (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - 04/15/2014); Jennifer King (Project Director, 04/16/2014 - present)
PG-52266-14
General Preservation Assessment of the Hampshire College Library Archives

To support: A preservation assessment and the purchase of datalogging equipment for archival storage areas of the Hampshire College library. The college, founded in 1970, was an early leader in experimental interdisciplinary liberal arts education. Collections include 795 linear feet of archival papers, photographs, video- and audiotapes, 250 rare books, local and regional history books, artists' books, a 500-print photograph collection, and various audiovisual and art materials. Notable items include the college's founding documents, and the papers of past and present faculty members such as poet Andrew Salkey, photographer Elaine Mayes, activist and scholar Eqbal Ahmed, dancer Barbara Mettler, and filmmaker Abraham Ravett. Library holdings also include photographs and works on paper by Leonard Baskin, Man Ray, George Grosz, and Jerome Liebling, as well as a collection produced in part by documentarian Ken Burns, who graduated from Hampshire College in 1975.

Just over 40 years old, Hampshire College has reached a critical moment with its first alumni and founding faculty approaching an age where they are considering who will care for their legacies. Now is the time to assess our archival areas in the College's library to confirm they can adequately ensure long-term preservation of current and anticipated collections. The broad range of scholarly and creative output in the current archives includes paper records, photographs, paintings, video- and audiotape, architectural models, and literary magazines that are testaments to the College's historical, political, and artistic lineages. The library seeks support to conduct an assessment of the preservation needs of its archival spaces, with the assistance of a consultant and purchase of datalogging equipment. An on-site consultant visit and six-month climate study analysis will result in a report detailing the archival storage conditions and space needs and recommendations for improvements.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism, Intellectual History, Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,765 (approved); $5,765 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE 19807)
Laura Wahl (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52270-14
Rehousing the J. Victor Dallin Aerial Survey Collection

To support: The purchase of archival shelving and the rehousing of the glass plate negatives, oversize prints and lantern slides of the J. Victor Dallin Aerial Survey Collection. Originally trained in aerial photography during World War I, Dallin started his own aerial survey company, which photographed the towns, cities, factories, private estates, golf courses, and special events in the Philadelphia metropolitan area from 1924 to 1941. Subjects included Delaware River waterfront industries such as Campbell Soup, Pusey and Jones Shipbuilding, Ford Motor Company, as well as events such as the 1929 baseball World Series at Shibe Park (known later as Connie Mack Stadium) and the burning of the Hindenburg in New Jersey. Besides compiling the first aerial survey map of Philadelphia, Dallin's work charts in detail the growth of the surrounding suburbs and the spatial relationships among different industries, including manufacturing, refineries and food processing, and transport and distribution systems.

The J. Victor Dallin Aerial Survey Collection arrived in the Pictorial Collections Department at the Hagley Museum and Library in 1970. The collection of more than ten thousand Philadelphia-area aerial images, taken between 1924 and 1941, has become one of Pictorial's most used collections. It documents an important period of urban and suburban growth in the Delaware Valley region. Local and urban historians, genealogists, urban planners, landscape historians, and others make use of the 8,047 unique photographic prints in the collection and the nearly 7,000 scans that are freely available through Hagley's online Digital Archives. The proposed project addresses the collection's 11,785 glass plate negatives, whose images are at risk due to inadequate storage in acidic boxes and rusted flat files. The project shall: a) box the glass plate negatives, b) box the oversize prints and lantern slides, c) rebox the 8x10 prints, and d) replace the treated-wood shelving with steel shelves.

Project fields: Economic History, U.S. History, Urban History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,560 (approved); $5,560 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Lincoln University, Pennsylvania (Lincoln University, PA 19352)
Sophia Sotilleo (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52272-14
Preservation Plan for The Lincoln University Special Collections and Archives

To support: A preservation assessment and development of a preservation plan for the special collections and archives of Lincoln University, the oldest historically black university in the United States. The university's rare books, periodicals, government documents, pamphlets, video and music recordings, photographs, paintings, and other materials document African American and United States history. Examples include a significant Pan-Africanism collection of 7,742 books, 5 musical scores, 18 serials, and numerous photographs and audiovisual materials on efforts to unite African peoples throughout the diaspora, as well as archives of prominent Lincoln alumni, such as a collection of over 4,000 items on the poet Langston Hughes.

The Lincoln University requests funds to hire Thomas F.R. Clareson as a consultant to develop a preservation plan for the University's Special Collections and Archives, which hold several significant collections of extreme importance for understanding African American history and culture as well as the relationship between Lincoln, the nation, and the African continent. Within these collections are numerous rare books, unbound periodicals, unclassed government reports, serials, pamphlets, video and music recordings, photographs, paintings, and other items dating from the mid-nineteenth century through present day. These collections have been used for a wide variety of research, scholarship, educational activities, and exhibitions. Mr. Clareson will conduct a preservation site survey to assess the building condition, review the condition of the collection and storage, and consult on preservation policies and procedures for the collection.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Washburn Norlands Foundation (Livermore, ME 04253-3807)
Sheri Leahan (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52273-14
Environmental Monitoring Program

To support: The purchase of dataloggers and consultation with a conservator to establish an environmental monitoring program for the Norlands, a 45-acre living history site and working farm that was home to multiple generations of the Washburn family. The site interprets rural life in 19th-century Maine. Environmental conditions would be monitored for collections of family papers, photographs, artwork, historic clothing, books, glass and ceramic household objects, and furniture that are on exhibition or in storage in the Washburn family mansion (c. 1867), the Washburn Memorial Library (c. 1887), and the Universalist meeting house (c. 1828).

The grant request supports the establishment of a year-long environmental monitoring system in three historic buildings which store or exhibit collections at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center. It funds the purchase of dataloggers, associated software and data shuttles and supports a conservator's time to guide system set-up, training, and use. The conservator will analyze a years's worth of data and make recommendations on improved strategies for collections care. The Norlands is the ancestral home of Maine's Washburn family, a prominent 19th century industrial and political family. The Washburn sons rose to gain prominence in state, national and international politics, business and industry, diplomacy, and military affairs. The archival and artifact collections give power, authenticity, and intimacy to understanding the Washburn family personalities, and inform on the social and political history of 19th-century America.

Project fields: American Studies, U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $2,823 (approved); $2,823 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015

Citadel Military College of South Carolina (Charleston, SC 29409-0001)
Dwight Walsh (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - 12/15/2014); David Goble (Project Director, 12/16/2014 - present)
PG-52274-14
Preservation Needs Assessment and Training for The Citadel Archives and Museum

To support: A preservation assessment, staff training, and purchase of supplies at the Citadel Archives and Museum. The collections hold institutional records, diaries, visual art, photographs, and artifacts that document the history of liberal arts education at the Citadel since its founding in 1842. The collections primarily concern U.S. and institutional history, including papers of two past presidents of the Citadel and one superintendent, a U.S. Congressman, as well as the war historian and journalist Bruce Catton. Materials include 130 uniforms, 33 cadet diaries, 40 oil paintings, and 1,500 photographs.

The Citadel Archives & Museum staff seeks funding to hire a consultant to provide preservation needs assessment and training related to preserving, storing, displaying, and securing various types of materials including letters, photographs, maps, diaries, oil paintings, and textiles (uniforms and flags). This training would involve cross training Archives staff in addition to the Museum Supervisor, incorporating best practices, improving security measures, and preparing for disasters. We want to preserve our institutional heritage to educate present and future generations of learners.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,997 (approved); $5,997 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 9/30/2015

Danish Immigrant Museum (Elk Horn, IA 51531-2116)
Angela Stanford (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52276-14
Installing Hanging Racks for Framed Collections

To support: The safe storage of approximately 575 framed paintings, prints, and works on paper on hanging racks, as recommended in a preservation assessment performed by the Midwest Art Conservation Center. The collection includes charters and images from a Danish fraternal organization, 19th-century landscape paintings of the Danish countryside, engraved marriage certificates, and immigration records. These works help to chronicle aspects of the Danish American experience, with subjects including life in Denmark, immigration, and life at home in America. The collection is available to researchers and the public through exhibitions and Web.

The Danish Immigrant Museum seeks funding for the installation of hanging storage racks for its collection of over 800 framed paintings, photographic prints, and works on paper. Currently there are six lateral moving hanging racks in the permanent storage facility at the museum that support oversized framed artifacts, unframed canvases, and pieces with ornate frames, totaling 225 objects or 28% of the framed collection. The remaining artifacts within the framed collection are housed in three slotted storage units that require the pieces to be slid in and out of position during handling; this form of storage places unwanted physical pressures on the framed pieces, as they are in constant contact with each other through the acid-free cardboard buffers. The installation of 12 additional hanging racks promotes best practices of preservation and storage of framed works, and in turn establishes a visually accessible storage system for the improved use of this humanities collection.

Project fields: Arts, General, Ethnic Studies
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Chapman College (Orange, CA 92866-1099)
Kevin Ross (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52278-14
Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives Preservation Assessment

To support: A preservation assessment, emergency preparedness evaluation and disaster plan, and the purchase of an environmental monitor for the collections at the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives at Chapman University. The university's books, photographs, manuscripts, and audiovisual materials document important events in the history of Chapman University, California, and the United States. A rare book collection including 869 volumes, pamphlets, and serials features Bibles, religious texts, and materials documenting the Disciples of Christ religious movement, the founders of Chapman University in 1920. Among manuscript holdings spanning 717 linear feet are notable collections focusing on the early motion picture industry, the 1986 NASA Challenger disaster, the television show "California's Gold," and 90,000 letters to and from American veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present.

The Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) at Chapman University seeks NEH funding to improve humanities collection preservation as well as emergency preparedness and response capabilities. The activities funded by this grant include: (1) an overall preservation assessment of the collection by an expert who is knowledgeable in books, photos, manuscripts, and AV materials; (2) an emergency preparedness assessment and a written disaster plan for collections and staff; and (3) the purchase of an environmental monitor to help manage the collection environment.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,260 (approved); $5,260 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Texas State Library and Archives Commission (Austin, TX 78711)
Alana Inman (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52279-14
Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center: Environmental Monitoring Equipment and Supplies

To support: The purchase of supplies and equipment to address the findings of a previous preservation assessment, including environmental monitoring and the protection of collections from ultraviolet and visible light and water incursion. The center's collections, including approximately 4,300 cubic feet of local government records, 5,100 cubic feet of manuscripts, 15,000 fine art prints and photographs, 19,000 blueprints and maps, 44 editions of newspapers, 5,300 books and journals, 20,000 artifacts, and various audiovisual materials and microfilm reels, document the history of Southeast Texas. Significant items include Sam Houston's private executive record from his second term as president of the Republic of Texas (1841-44), a diary purported to be that of Gulf Coast pirate Jean Lafitte, and photographs documenting the early 20th-century lumber industry. The rich history of Southeast Texas is also reflected in collections of Native American artifacts, archaeological remains of a mission, and furnishings belonging to European settlers. Documents and photographs offer insights into the separation from Mexico, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the discovery of oil in the region, the Cold War, and include a large collection of geological, political, road, and topographical maps of Southeast Texas.

This grant would support the purchase of materials and equipment necessary to address three key findings of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center's preservation assessment: 1) the high levels of ultraviolet and visible light, 2) the need for additional environmental monitoring, and 3) the protection of collections against water incursion. According to LYRASIS consultant Tom Clareson's preliminary report, these issues must be addressed to improve overall preservation conditions for the Center's collections. The Center's materials document Southeast Texas' contribution to state and national history. This grant would protect these unique items by providing sun control window film for the main building's exterior windows and those of most concern in the Jean and Price Daniel Home and Archives; five Preservation Environment Monitors to monitor conditions in all records storage areas; and nine water detectors to alert staff to incursions in the main and all other buildings.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Marywood University (Scranton, PA 18509-1598)
James Frutchey (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52281-14
Archives Preservation, Movement, and Cataloging at the New Learning Commons

To support: A preservation assessment and rehousing plan for the university's collection of artifacts, audiovisual records, books, university documents and publications, news clippings, and photographs. The university was the first college for women in the region and the first Catholic women's college in Pennsylvania. Administrative correspondence, newsletters, publications, memorabilia, and other materials document Marywood's development since its 1915 founding as well as elucidate the region's contributions to the transportation, textile, and anthracite coal industries and the history of immigration and industrialization. The assessment and plan would be used to prepare for rehousing the entire collection in a new 72,000 square-foot facility.

The Marywood University Archives document the history of the university and include artifacts, audiovisual records, books, university documents and publications, news clippings, and photographic objects. The collection reflects not just the history of the University but also that of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the greater United States. Founded in 1915, at a time when Pennsylvania had no women's suffrage, Marywood was the first college for women in the region and the first Catholic women's college in the state. The archives tie into the rich history of the region, which made significant contributions to the transportation, textile, and anthracite coal industries and reflected larger industrial and immigration trends in the United States. This grant will support the cost of securing a preservation consultant, who will survey the collection and assist in developing a plan for the preparation and organization of the archives in advance of their rehousing in a new dedicated space.

Project fields: U.S. Regional Studies
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Colorado State University-Pueblo (Pueblo, CO 81001-4901)
Beverly Allen (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52285-14
Orman Collection Improved Collections Storage Project

To support: The purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse a collection of approximately 200 American Indian artifacts, mainly from the Southwest. They include objects made of leather, skin, fur, and feathers, as well as items of clothing. Some highlights are 45 Navajo rugs and 40 pieces of Pueblo pottery from the early 20th century and a group of Western Apache baskets dating from A.D. 600 to the 1930s. In addition, environmental monitoring equipment would be installed in the archives, and two consultants would train the staff in handling ethnographic materials.

The grant will support the purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse the Orman Native American Artifact Collection, which includes approximately 200 pieces of Native American art and artifacts. A datalogger will be purchased to monitor environmental conditions in the Orman storage area. The grant will also support training for the staff in the care and handling of artifacts, construction of pot rings, standard registration methods, and use of the datalogger. The goals of the conservation project are derived from recommendations from a 2012 general preservation assessment funded by NEH's Preservation Assistance for Smaller Institutions program.

Project fields: Cultural Anthropology, Native American Studies, U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $2,943 (approved); $2,943 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2014 – 9/30/2015

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (New York, NY 10036)
Rachel Herman (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52287-14
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum - Archive Training Grant

To support: The training of two archivists from the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, who will attend the Modern Archives Institute (MAI) in order to increase staff qualifications to steward archival collections. The MAI training will build the foundation for on-going care of the museum's archival collection by providing training for two staff members in principles and techniques for appraisal, processing, and preservation of archival materials. The museum holds institutional and personal records relating to the history of and life aboard the aircraft carrier "Intrepid," as well as the USS "Growler" and space shuttle "Enterprise." The museum aims to exhibit the "humanity behind the hardware," an approach that draws on the museum's humanities collections to draw out and interpret connections between technology and the lives of individuals who served on the ship.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's archival collection consists of materials related to chapters in the history of the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the Cold War era submarine USS Growler, a British Airways Concorde and the space shuttle Enterprise. This collection serves as an instrumental resource assisting the Museum's curatorial team to recount human stories behind the machinery displayed introducing the notion of the 'humanity behind the hardware' that connects the significant missions of the Intrepid with the lives of the individuals who served aboard the ship. The project will allow two of the Intrepid Museum's staff members to attend the Modern Archives Institute, a two-week session presented by the National Archives and Records Administration in cooperation with the Library of Congress. The goal of the proposed project is to develop in-house professional expertise building a solid foundation for the on-going care of the Museum's growing archival collection.

Project fields: History, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Vizcayans (Miami, FL 33129-2831)
Remko Jansonius (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52292-14
Purchase of Data Loggers for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

To support: The purchase of dataloggers that would enable the museum to better understand the environmental conditions in the Gilded Age home built between 1914 and 1922 for American businessman James Deering (1858-1925). The collections at Vizcaya, which is a National Historic Landmark, include Renaissance tapestries, ancient Roman sculptures, Chinese ceramics, Rococo furniture, European paintings, along with nearly 1,000 linear feet of archival collections including photographs, correspondence, blueprints, and financial records related to the construction and management of the estate.

The Vizcayans requests a $6,000 grant to purchase 20 PEM2 data loggers to strengthen environmental monitoring and data analysis activities for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' interior and archival collections. Vizcaya is a historic house museum and its interior collections consist of more than 2,500 objects that were acquired in the 1910s to build, furnish and decorate this Gilded Age estate. Representing 3 continents and spanning 2,000 years, the interior collections include ancient Roman sculptures, Renaissance tapestries, Chinese ceramics and Rococo furniture. Vizcaya's archives contain over 35,000 photographs and documents, the vast majority of which date to the estate's construction. The analysis of data collected via these loggers will enable Vizcaya to further strengthen preservation activities. Moreover, the collection of accurate environmental data is critical as Vizcaya plans to replace its aging HVAC system and make improvements to the envelopes of its historic buildings.

Project fields: Arts, Other, History, Other, Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY 10458)
Susan Fraser (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52304-14
LuEsther T. Mertz Library Preservation Plan and Updated Preservation Assessment

To support: Development of a five-year strategic preservation plan and an update of the institution's current preservation plan for recently added materials or relocated items. The library's collections offer significant examples from the history of botanical illustration, papers of influential botanists and horticulturalists, as well as materials on the history of botanical scholarship in the U.S. during the early 19th century. They include 1,600 rare books, 2,300 folio collections, 5,200 books published prior to 1850, art and illustrations, and manuscript collections. The collections serve the needs of humanities scholars, writers, educators, and staff curators. Since 2012, researchers have used this collection in research for two published books and an exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library requests funding to hire a preservation consultant to assist Library staff in developing a 5-year strategic preservation plan for its humanities collections and updating an existing preservation assessment to reflect the current storage and environmental conditions of collections that have grown substantially or moved. The Library's holdings-books/folios, photographs, illustrations, documents, and architectural plans-trace the history of botany, botanical exploration, horticulture, bookmaking, and garden and landscape design in the United States and around the world, from the 12th century to the present. The consultant will work with staff to assess the collections' preservation needs, as well as develop a preservation plan that includes objectives and a timeline for enhancing the Library's institutional and collections policies, emergency preparedness, environment, storage, resources, and conservation.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

University of Dayton (Dayton, OH 45469-0001)
Jillian Slater (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52305-14
University of Dayton Marian Library Preservation Assessment

To support: A preservation assessment and review of existing preservation policies for the university's archives and rare books. Holdings include 6,000 rare books dating from 1473 to 1800 and 4,000 linear feet of archival materials documenting the history, spirituality, and ecclesiastical foundations of the study of Mary, Mother of Jesus. Notable items include cultural expressions of Marian doctrine and devotion in Spanish, French, Latin, English, and Italian, such as books of hours (illuminated devotionals from the 15th century), incunabula (books printed before 1500), devotional meditations, and apologetic works, 75 linear feet of holy cards dating from the 16th century to the present, and 30,000 postcards documenting Marian shrines around the world from 1908 to the present. Audiovisual materials and ephemera collections contain a 1955 series of Catholic films for children, original footage from religious events such as the 1976 dedication of the Basilica in Mexico City, pilgrimage souvenirs, holy water, capsules, scapulars, rosaries, medals, and handcrafted objects.

The Preservation Assistance Grant would support a preservation assessment of archival materials and rare books in the Marian Library at the University of Dayton. The assessment would evaluate storage conditions, housing of materials, and environmental conditions. The assessment would also include a review of existing preservation policies and practices.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,500 (approved); $5,194 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Woodlawn Conservancy, Inc. (Bronx, NY 10470-2471)
Susan Olsen (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52319-14
The Woodlawn Cemetery Extreme Weather Preparedness and Response Plan

To support: The preparation of a disaster preparedness and response plan to protect the monuments and memorials in the Woodlawn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark. The 400-acre cemetery was established in 1863 and is recognized for the significance of its funerary art, with works by such sculptors as Daniel Chester French, Janet Scudder, Edmund Quinn, William Ordway Partridge, Sally James Farnham, and Attilio Piccirilli. Many of these commissioned works were created between 1870 and 1940 and are featured on regular tours of the cemetery organized by the Woodlawn Conservancy. The monuments and memorials, along with the cemetery's historical records housed at Columbia University, constitute an important resource for students and historians of art and architecture.

The Woodlawn Cemetery Extreme Weather Preparedness and Response Plan involves hiring a Heritage Planning Consultant and Conservator to review the current procedures for responding to extreme weather situations, to analyze the information collected and to develop a plan to prepare for storms and a protocol for documenting damage and implementing repair and restoration strategies. This National Historic Landmark has been hit by windstorms and hurricanes. Woodlawn's monuments represent the largest and finest collection of memorials in the country. The nation's most talented artisans and architects were commissioned to create works to memorialize celebrated figures including Duke Ellington, Joseph Pulitzer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Herman Melville. Thousands of visitors and researchers travel to Woodlawn to see these memorials that are threatened by extreme weather and worthy of protection by the cemetery and its nonprofit support organization, the Woodlawn Conservancy.

Project fields: Architecture, Arts, Other, Cultural History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,950 (approved); $5,950 (awarded)
Grant period: 3/1/2014 – 8/31/2015

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT 06105)
Elizabeth Burgess (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52321-14
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Furniture Conservation Assessment

To support: A conservation assessment of 36 items of furniture presented in period room settings in the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, a National Historic Landmark and Stowe's home for 23 years. The first and second floors of her 1871 Downing-style cottage are interpreted as period spaces, furnished largely with items that belonged to Stowe and her extended family. Among the pieces to be examined by a conservator are a c.1840 Empire mahogany secretary, a drop-leaf table given to Stowe by her father, a tip/tilt top table with marquetry inlay, an Egyptian revival chair purchased by Stowe while she was traveling in England, and a three-piece bedroom set painted by Stowe.

The Stowe Center seeks funding for a conservation assessment of 36 furniture artifacts in the Harriet Beecher Stowe House,a National Historic Landmark and the home where Stowe (1811-1896) lived for 23 years. The Center holds the largest collection of materials related to Stowe. The collections are nationally significant, illustrating Stowe's life and impact, and the worldwide response to Uncle Tom's Cabin. The artifacts date from the late 18th century to the late 19th century. All but 9 pieces were Stowe's or belonged to her extended family. This project will assess each item's condition and prioritize treatment needs before removing collections to specialized storage or treatment during a larger project upgrading environmental controls, installing fire suppression and renovating the interior during 2014-16. The artifacts will be safe during the renovation, any necessary treatment can be conducted, and public access ensured. The project is a strategic and conservation priority.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $4,090 (approved); $4,090 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Museum of Chinese in the Americas (New York, NY 10002)
Yue Ma (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52326-14
Enhancing Environmental Monitoring at the Museum of Chinese in America

To support: The development of an environmental monitoring program, including the purchase of dataloggers, for the Collections and Research Center of the Museum of Chinese in America. The bulk of the collections is from the 20th century and documents the history of Chinese culture in the United States through photographs, oral histories, newspapers, magazines, books, and scholarly journals. The oral history collection includes 320 recordings that document voices from diverse perspectives including the lives of garment, restaurant, and laundry workers; nightclub performers; and community residents. Topics covered in these oral histories include the Chinese-American experience and neighborhood gentrification; interviews from the 9/11 Chinatown Documentation Project treat the lasting impacts of the attacks on the Chinatown neighborhood. The museum's collections have provided sources for numerous scholarly publications on Chinese-American history and the wider Chinese diaspora and also support permanent exhibitions open to the public.

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) respectfully requests a grant of $6,000 to establish an environmental monitoring program consisting of 10 dataloggers and appropriate monitoring software in the Museum's Collections and Research Center located at 70 Mulberry Street in New York City. An environmental monitoring program is part of a broader long-term effort to preserve the collections that document the history and culture of Chinese America. Most collections date from the early- and mid-20th century to the present day, and include 2,800 square feet of photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia, 2,000 oral histories, 2,000 books and 6,000 newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and scholarly journals from MOCA's library that were published between 1900 and 1980. The project will allow MOCA to control climate conditions in collections storage areas, assist a separate effort to restore its HVAC system to an optimal level, and assess the collections' sustainability in their current location.

Project fields: American Studies, Asian American Studies, Urban Studies
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY 40506)
George Crothers (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52328-14
Consultation with Textile Conservation Specialist to Develop Plans for Rehousing Museum Collections

To support: A conservation assessment of a collection of 650 textiles mainly from Southeast Asia and the Americas. Highlights include dance masks, hats, and cloth puppets from Indonesia and rare samples of prehistoric woven slippers, matting, pieces of cordage, and other textile fragments, obtained from rock shelters in Kentucky. The collection also features beaded moccasins produced by Indians of the Great Plains; clothing and baskets made by natives of Alaska; and dolls and mats from Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. The museum's textile collection is made available for study, loans, and exhibitions.

With the assistance of a NEH Preservation Assistance Grant, the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, proposes to contract conservation specialist Nancy Love of Philadelphia Textile and Object Conservation to conduct a general preservation assessment of the museum's textile and natural fiber-based collections. This assessment will allow the development of detailed plans for improving storage and rehousing the collection in a newly designed museum facility. In addition, of the approximately 650 textiles and natural fiber-based objects in the collection, conservation treatment needs of selected items with pest damage, deterioration, or other preservation problems will be assessed. The museum's collection contains a range of items including ca. 3000-year-old prehistoric textiles from archaeological sites in Kentucky and nineteenth and twentieth century ethnographical items (clothing, fabric, dolls, puppets, and basketry) from various parts of the world.

Project fields: Anthropology, Archaeology
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $4,405 (approved); $4,405 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Seeley G. Mudd Library, Lawrence University (Appleton, WI 54911-5690)
Jill Thomas (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52333-14
Preservation Assessment of Seeley G. Mudd Library Special Collections and Archives

To support: A preservation assessment of the special collections and archives of the library at Lawrence University. The school is not only the third college founded in the Wisconsin Territory, but also among the earliest coeducational colleges in the nation-established, according to its founder, for "gratuitous advantage to Germans and Indians of both sexes." Approximately 10,000 titles and 2,000 linear feet of archival material document the history of frontier and 19th-century America, the Wisconsin Territory and state, the Civil War, and book publishing and illustration. The library's archival collections, whose highlights include pre-1900 government documents, pre-1920 serials, and the papers of Lawrence alumni, illuminate the history of the university as well as the town of Appleton, which grew up around it during the eras of frontier settlement, statehood, the Civil War, and beyond. The institution also holds the archives of the Milwaukee-Downer College, a women's college incorporated into Lawrence in 1964, which offer insights into women's education in 19th- and 20th-century Wisconsin. The rare books collection, which contains multiple editions of books by Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and William Dean Howells, has been used to explore the history of the book and illustration.

Lawrence University proposes to conduct a general preservation assessment of its Special Collections and Archives with the goal of defining an optimal long-term strategy for the care of the collections. Totaling approximately 10,000 titles and 2,000 linear feet of archival material, the collections are strongest in Americana of the nineteenth century; history of the Wisconsin Territory, the state of Wisconsin, the City of Appleton, and the American Civil War with a concentration in Abraham Lincoln scholarship. These collections support the University's undergraduate teaching mission and research interests in the wider community of northeastern Wisconsin. Our project goals are 1) to create policies related to collection care, repair, and duplication; 2) to evaluate current physical facilities and environmental conditions; and 3) to ensure the long-term integration of special collections preservation into our Library and University master plans under new presidential leadership.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ 86001)
Patricia Walker (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52334-14
Rehousing Acetate Film Collection of Native American Art from the Colorado Plateau

To support: The rehousing of approximately 3,500 acetate negatives contained in a photographic archive documenting research on the Colorado Plateau region. The collection covers the ethnographic work of the museum's founders, Harold S. and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, who studied Hopi culture and society. The photoarchives contain images of the 84-year history of the Heritage Program Festival, which captures the artistic work of various Native American tribes. The photos are used by tribal members for understanding the techniques and design elements used to create pottery, basketry, and paintings, as well as for deriving inspiration for current artistic creations. The rehousing of the negatives in archival sleeves will help prepare at-risk images for future digitization.

The goal of this project is to address the urgent top priority preservation needs of the Museum of Northern Arizona's (MNA) endangered photoarchives as identified by a Photographic Materials Conservator during an August 2012 IMLS-funded conservation survey. Serving as an important resource for scholars, staff, tribes, and the public, the photoarchives are unique, irreplaceable, primary documents that record 84 years of research and collaboration between staff, researchers, and tribes in northern Arizona. Activity 1: rehouse six drawers of acetate negatives that are at risk of deterioration due to vinegar syndrome. Application of appropriate rehousing materials will stabilize the acetates until they are digitized and frozen. Activity 2: locate and rehouse prints associated with the negatives. Activity 3: transcribe information physically located with the acetates and their associated prints. This information, along with essential metadata, will be entered into the archives database.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Brigham City Museum and Gallery (Brigham City, UT 84302-2030)
Kaia Landon (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52339-14
Environmental Monitoring Equipment and Storage Materials for Historic Furniture Collection

To support: The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and data collection tools to help Brigham City Museum-Gallery staff care for their collection of archival materials, photographs, and archaeological and historic artifacts. The collection offers researchers and museum visitors a unique glimpse into the history of Brigham City, Box Elder County, and the state of Utah. The grant would also support the purchase of material to create protective covers for a collection of early pioneer furniture, made by the Brigham City Mercantile and Manufacturing Association (more commonly known as the Brigham City Co-op). Founded in 1865, the Brigham City Co-op united the city's merchants for the common interest of the community and was a model for future Mormon settlements in the state.

This project will support purchase of environmental monitoring tools, training for museum staff on preservation environments, a one-year subscription to eClimate Notebook to help museum staff interpret the data, and Tyvek to be used to create covers for the museum's collection of historic furniture. These needs were recommended as high priorities in the museum's recent Conservation Assessment, conducted by Nancy Odegaard. The museum's furniture collection preserves the history of the Brigham City Mercantile and Manufacturing Association, while the museum's general collection includes art, photographs, archival documents, and artifacts that tell the history of Box Elder County beginning with archaeological collections documenting pre-historic Native American habitation of the area. Because the majority of this project focuses on environmental monitoring, it will help preserve the entire collection.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,499 (approved); $5,499 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Beloit College (Beloit, WI 53511-5595)
Joy Beckman (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52343-14
Preservation of the Wright Museum of Art's Works on Paper

To support: The rehousing of approximately 250 works of art from the Wright Museum of Art's core print collection, as well as the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment. Highlights of the collection include Albrecht Dürer's 1514 engraving, "St. Jerome in His Study," Francisco Goya's "Disasters of War," and Käthe Kollwitz's "Helft Russland," and Japanese wood block prints from the 18th to the 20th century. The prints are used in research by college professors and students, loaned to other museums, and displayed to the general public. The Wright Museum of Art works with local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club to present educational programs using the collection for the benefit of the community.

The Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College will support the preservation of works of art on paper through re-housing and purchase of exhibition light monitoring equipment. The project builds on a 2010 conservation assessment survey of the museum's collections and preserves key holdings from the museum's prints and drawing collection which ranges from Old Master prints by Durer and Rembrandt to a drawing by Picasso and a large collection of contemporary Japanese woodblock prints by Hokusai and Unichi. This project will rehouse more than 10% of the core collection (approximately 250 works) from unmatted or substandard, acidic mats and overcrowded, older corrugated-board boxes, by matting them and housing them in Solander museum cases. Moreover, a UV meter will be purchased to preserve the collection by ensuring safe conditions for the works. The WMA has a broad impact by providing a laboratory for undergraduates and public access to museum programs and exhibitions.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $4,629 (approved); $4,629 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4208)
Matthew Strauss (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52353-14
Prioritizing, Planning, Preserving: Managing Problematic Storage for Oversized Collections

To support: The purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies for oversized historical records held by the Senator John Heinz History Center. Included are maps, architectural blueprints, photographs, artwork, and posters that document the social and industrial history of Western Pennsylvania. Comprising 600 linear feet, the materials originate mainly from the Westinghouse Electric Company, the H. J. Heinz Company, and Alcoa and support research on the region's steel industry, urban revitalization efforts, and its numerous ethnic communities. Collection highlights include files relating to the Shippingport nuclear power plant, the nation's first commercial-scale nuclear facility, as well as the papers of Mary Carwell Dawson, founder of the National Negro Opera Company in Pittsburgh.

Funding would allow the Senator John Heinz History Center (HHC) to purchase storage furniture and preservation supplies to rehouse a portion of the HHC's oversize archival materials amounting to 600 linear feet that is in need of improved storage conditions. This material includes maps, blueprints, photographs, artwork, posters, surveys, publications,and rare prints that document Western Pennsylvania's industry, community organizations, urban renewal programs, and vibrant ethnic groups. The proposed project addresses three concerns regarding collections housing noted in a recent preservation assessment conducted by Laura Hortz Stanton of the Conservation Center,namely the problematic storage conditions of oversized, paper-based materials, and framed and rolled items. With realistic and attainable goals, the project would serve as an important first step in a process of enhancing the storage environment for its collections.

Project fields: History, Other, Interdisciplinary Studies, Other, Social Sciences, Other
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $5,722 (approved); $5,722 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Caroline Rubens (Project Director, 05/06/2013 - present)
PG-52356-14
Safeguarding and Improving Access to the Appalshop Archive

To support: The purchase of archival shelving for a new storage facility dedicated for paper materials; two Preservation Environmental Monitors (PEM) that would assess conditions in a climate-controlled vault that stores film, video, audio, and photographs; as well as the hiring of a consultant who would advise and train staff on conducting in-house preservation of 10,000 at-risk video and audio tapes. The media collection, spanning 44 years of Appalachian culture and history, contains unedited outtakes, raw footage, and full interviews with a variety of Appalachian artists, musicians, craftspeople, writers, and other individuals of regional and often national importance. Topics range from subsistence farming, extractive industries in Appalachia, traditional music and storytelling, labor organizing, and migration. In addition, the Appalshop media makers documented newsworthy regional events such as activity surrounding the Scotia mine explosions in 1976, Edward Kennedy's visit to eastern Kentucky in 1983, and a sit-down protest against the laying of a natural gas well in an Appalachian hollow in 1990.

The Appalshop Archive is seeking funds that will support its goal of stabilizing and improving access to the organization's institutional paper and audiovisual records. For over four decades, Appalshop has produced and presented work in a wide range of media that celebrates the culture and voices the concerns of people living in the Appalachian Mountains. Its Archive houses a significant collection of primary materials documenting the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Appalachia. This grant will support the purchase of archival shelves for paper material storage and environmental monitors to track climate conditions in two storage spaces. It will also fund a consultancy with an expert in moving image preservation who will advise the Archive on the establishment of an in-house preservation workstation that meets archival standards for transferring magnetic media.

Project fields: Arts, General, Rural Studies
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO 63166-0299)
Andrew Colligan (Project Director, 05/09/2013 - present)
PG-52368-14
Preservation Assessment of the Missouri Botanical Garden Archives

To support: A preservation assessment of the applicant's archival holdings comprising over 3,000 linear feet of historical records, journals, photographs, publications, oral histories, artwork, and architectural drawings. The materials document the early history of St. Louis, including westward expansion, regional commerce, and the Civil War and highlight the Botanical Garden's nationally prominent role in the early development of botanical sciences. Included is correspondence from Charles Darwin, Thomas Jefferson, and Julian Steyermark, widely regarded as the most prolific plant collector in history. The materials have been used actively by humanities scholars and in exhibitions, including recent traveling exhibits on the history of the Mississippi River, produced by the Minnesota Historical Society, and on the Lewis and Clark expedition, produced by the Virginia Historical Society.

Missouri Botanical Garden Archives collections include historic manuscripts, photographs, drawings, and artifacts, supporting the study of the humanities by documenting early St. Louis cultural and social history, commerce, growth, westward expansion, the Civil War, and document the role the MBG came to play in early botanical science. MBG Archives serve scientists, historians, educators, students, and the general public in humanities research by preserving and sharing histories, ideas, and research to foster a better understanding of nature for the benefit of society. Deficiencies in the current archives facility have hampered our ability to serve in this capacity and have begun to threaten the sustainability of the archive. Studying and addressing factors that ensure the long term preservation of collections and provide researchers and the public improved access and collection utilization are of paramount concern. We seek funds to hire a consultant to perform a general preservation assessment to enable the archive to address ongoing needs, identify deficiencies, and create a long term plan to guide future care of the archive.

Project fields: History of Science, History, General, U.S. History
Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $6,000 (approved); $6,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

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