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PF-249652-16

Montana Historical Society (Helena, MT 59601-4514)
Molly Kruckenberg (Project Director: 11/16/2015 to present)

Analysis and Optimization of the Mechanical Systems for Sustainable Preservation of Collections

Planning for sustainable preservation of art, artifacts, archival materials, photographs, and publications at the Montana Historical Society Museum and Research Center (MHS).  These collections document Montana history and culture since 1865, and include 50,000 museum artifacts, 35,000 linear feet of archival materials, 60,000 books and government documents, 500,000 historic photographs, 12,000 maps, 10,000 reels of newspaper microfilm, and 2,500 oral histories.  The applicant would convene an interdisciplinary Environmental Management Team to identify energy-efficient methods for improving environmental conditions in the collections storage areas.

Environmental data gathered over the past several years has shown significant relative humidity and dew point fluctuations in collections storage areas at the Montana Historical Society. Based upon this data, recommendations from a 2014 Conservation Assessment, and a 2014 facilities inventory, the MHS has determined that an in-depth review and analysis of the current mechanical system in our main facility is necessary to plan for and ensure the long-term, sustainable preservation of our collections. MHS has assembled an interdisciplinary team of curators, archivists, librarians, administrators, mechanical systems engineers, and conservators to review and analyze the current operation of the mechanical systems at the MHS. This team will identify both non-mechanical or passive and mechanical methods for improving environmental conditions in collections storage areas while being energy efficient.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$49,263 (approved)
$49,263 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2018


PF-249653-16

Computer History Museum (Mountain View, CA 94043-1311)
Nina Fairles (Project Director: 11/18/2015 to 08/15/2016)
Adriane Tafoya (Project Director: 08/15/2016 to 05/26/2017)
Karen Kroslowitz (Project Director: 05/26/2017 to present)

Improvement Plan for the Long-Term Preservation of Computer History Museum Collections

A planning project to hire an objects conservator and an engineering consulting firm to evaluate optimal environmental parameters in two buildings housing the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, oral histories, and moving images.

The Computer History Museum (CHM) is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, oral histories, and moving images. Its mission is to preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the Information Age. CHM reaches an international audience of academic and humanities researchers, educators and students; industry innovators and filmmakers as well as other museums, archives and libraries. Through a National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant the Computer History Museum will create a plan aimed at long-term sustainability of the artifact collection by identifying energy-efficient environmental improvement options for CHM facilities. The plan will be used to set work and budget priorities as well as solicit funding for actual improvements.

Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2016 – 6/30/2018


PF-249657-16

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (Boston, MA 02114-2702)
Benjamin Haavik (Project Director: 11/20/2015 to present)

Developing a Comprehensive and Sustainable Strategy for Protecting Historic New England’s Collections

A planning project to develop a comprehensive and sustainable strategy for protecting collections related to the cultural heritage of New England, which amount to 110,000 artifacts and 1.2 million archival materials, held in one storage facility and in 37 historic properties across six New England states.

A planning project to develop a comprehensive strategy for sustainably protecting the 110,000 artifacts and 1.2 million archival materials at Historic New England's 37 historic house museums and collections storage facility. A museum security consulting firm will be hired to work with an interdisciplinary team composed of senior Historic New England staff on a security audit that will include: an assessment of existing systems and protocols for theft prevention and fire protection; cost-effective recommendations for managing security operations; and short- and long-term recommendations for improving the existing systems and protocols to better protect the nation's largest and most wide-ranging collection of New England cultural heritage. The project will serve as a model for stewards of other house museums who wish to protect their collections in a sustainable manner while maintaining high standards for visitor access, authenticity, and preservation of historic fabric.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Cultural History; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


PF-249688-16

Colgate University (Hamilton, NY 13346-1386)
Sarah Keen (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Colgate University Special Collections and University Archives Preventive Conservation Planning Project

A planning grant for improvements to the Special Collections and University Archives in Colgate’s Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology, which holds a collection of rare books and 2,265 cubic feet of archival records pertaining to the history of the university and the surrounding region. The project would result in specific steps to identify sustainable, preventive conservation measures related to climate control, storage systems, lighting, and security in the library. An additional $10,000 is requested to remediate leaks in exterior walls of the archive.

This planning project will outline steps to ensure sustainable, preventive conservation of Colgate University's Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA). University Archives is the repository for university records and also includes records of the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York 1819-1915 and Colgate Family papers. Highlights of Rare Books and Manuscripts include collections of Joseph Conrad and George Bernard Shaw. The project will comprise planning for renovation of Archives storage (3,570 s.f.) including environmental control and storage systems; expanded vault storage (to 2,130 s.f.) with appropriate climate control, shelving, and security; and processing areas. The project team comprises representatives from SCUA, the library, the facilities department, sustainability office, and three faculty users of the collections. Consultants include the specialist who consulted on our 2013 NEH Preservation Assistance grant and Image Permanence Institute.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2018


PF-249689-16

Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (Richmond, VA 23220-2657)
William Kelso (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Improving Conditions for the Jamestown Rediscovery Collection

Improvement of environmental conditions through replacement of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and controls in storage and display areas, and conversion to LED lighting in the museum.  The two million artifacts in the archaeological collection document one of the earliest colonial settlements in the New World and would be rehoused and reorganized as part of the project.

The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation (Preservation Virginia), which is responsible for daily operations at Historic Jamestowne, will undertake a two-year project to improve the storage environment of its unparalleled archaeological collection. To this end, outdated and inefficient Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment and controls in three artifact storage and display areas will be replaced with greener systems. The lighting in the archaeological museum will be converted to LED lamps. The collection will be rehoused and reorganized to accommodate a continually expanding assemblage of artifacts from archaeological excavations and reduce the time needed to access materials. The project will allow JRF to save energy and money whilst ensuring sustainable protection of this unique and irreplaceable cultural heritage collection.

Project fields:
Archaeology; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$235,000 (approved)
$235,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2018


PF-249697-16

Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899)
Marianne Weldon (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Preservation Study for Special Collections at Bryn Mawr College

A planning project to assess the storage environment for the college library’s special collections, containing art and artifacts, rare books, manuscripts, and archives dating from the 15th century to the present, and to develop plans for improved climate control and security.

Bryn Mawr College requests a $40,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program to develop a plan for creating a cost-effective, energy-efficient storage area for the College's Special Collections, one of the largest and richest collections of art, cultural artifacts, rare books and manuscripts to be found among liberal arts colleges in the country. We will use NEH funding to hire an outside consulting firm to evaluate the current storage facilities in Canaday Library and Thomas Hall to determine which practical and environmentally sustainable options are available. The project committee overseeing this project will use the information collected in the study to develop a strategic plan for prioritizing and implementing recommended measures, and will begin immediate implementation of transitional steps to create improved storage areas for the most vulnerable collections until the larger-scale renovations can take place.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2017


PF-249698-17

Historical Society of Delaware (Wilmington, DE 19801-3091)
Michele Anstine (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

George Read II House Museum, Environmental Conditions Improvements for Sustainable Collections Preservation

The installation of new energy-efficient HVAC, fire detection, and water drainage systems to help protect the collections of furniture, paintings, decorative items, and archaeological materials contained in the George Read II House, a historic landmark and museum.

This project addresses the implementation of environmental improvements for the Delaware Historical Society’s collections of the nationally significant George Read II House Museum, situated in the Old New Castle (DE) National Historic Landmark District. The on-site Read House collections provide opportunities for wide-ranging humanities-based research and scholarship, interpretive programs for all ages, and undergraduate and graduate training. The application requests support for carefully planned improvements at the George Read II House Museum to improve preventive conservation measures, to improve the environmental conditions for collections, and to improve safety and security of collections with both non-mechanical measures and energy-efficient mechanical systems upgrades. Preventive measures that anticipate changing climate and storm intensities will reduce the threat of future episodic moisture intrusion.

Project fields:
American Studies; Architecture; Cultural History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2018


PF-249703-16

Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, IN 46208-4182)
Kathryn Haigh (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Creating a Suitable and Energy-Efficient Lighting Environment for the Preventive Conservation of the Permanent Collection

Conversion to energy-efficient LED lamps in all gallery and storage areas of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which holds significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, and contemporary art.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) seeks to enhance the preservation of the collection and reduce collection-related energy use and costs by converting to LED lamps for lighting the permanent collection in the galleries and in collection storage. Conversion to LED lamps is timely and addresses key components of the IMA's 10-year Strategic Plan, as well as the Long-Range Conservation Plan. The Museum-wide conversion of all existing incandescent and fluorescent lamps to LED lamps will safeguard the collection, eliminating UV emissions from lamps and improving color perception and clarity to potentially allow for lower light levels in the galleries. It will also realize a return on investment reflected in reduced electricity utilities costs, a reduced number of lamps purchased per year, and reduced labor costs due to less frequent replacement of lamps. This reduction in operating costs further enhances sustainability by making funds available to collections-based research and programs.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Arts, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$190,000 (approved)
$190,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 1/31/2018


PF-249706-16

Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA 19103-6510)
Judith Guston (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Analysis of Environmental Challenges at the Rosenbach

A planning project to assess environmental challenges, including the HVAC system, pest infestation, water infiltration, and light, affecting the Rosenbach’s 19th-century townhouse and to recommend sustainable solutions to protect its holdings of 30,000 rare books, and 300,000 manuscripts and its extensive decorative and fine arts collection of over 20,000 objects.

The Rosenbach's collections and historic house represent the core of its mission and the basis for its exhibitions and programs. Therefore, the long-term environmental and financial sustainability of the collections and building is paramount to the Rosenbach's continued success. The purpose of this project is to conduct a thorough analysis of the Rosenbach's environmental challenges--HVAC system, pest infestation, water infiltration, and light. These issues are familiar to many historic house museums and institutions with valuable collections acutely sensitive to environmental fluctuations. Rosenbach staff will work with three contractors and two consultants to analyze current conditions, identify proposed solutions ready for implementation, and achieve savings in energy, cost, and time with the ultimate goal of protecting the institution's collections. The project team anticipates that the results of this planning grant will be applicable to many other historic houses and museums.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2018


PF-249710-16

Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA 90263-0002)
Mark Roosa (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Pepperdine University Libraries: Developing a Sustainable Preservation Environment for Humanities Collections

Upgrading climate and security systems, including HVAC, lighting, fire suppression, shelving, and building envelope improvements in Pepperdine’s Special Collections and University Archives, which house rare books and manuscripts informing history, literature, religion, and other humanities topics.

The previous receipt of NEH funds for a Planning grant resulted in consultant recommendations for improving quality and sustainability standards for Pepperdine University Libraries' Humanities Collection. The University is requesting funds for an Implementation grant to support the renovation of a dedicated preservation environment for Pepperdine's history rich Special Collections and University Archives. This preservation environment will include sustainable preservation systems (mechanical, lighting, fire suppression, shelving and structure) that will extend the usable life of our rare and valuable materials while also serving as a demonstration space for feasible, affordable preventative preservation at other medium-sized institutions.

Project fields:
History, Other; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Literature, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2019


PF-249717-16

Bernice P. Bishop Museum (Honolulu, HI 96817)
Charmaine Wong (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Developing a Master Preservation Plan for the the World's Largest Hawaiian and Pacific Archaeology Collections

A planning project to improve storage and environmental conditions for a collection of more than one million archaeological artifacts from throughout the Pacific.

The Anthropology Department at the Bishop Museum will develop a Master Preservation Plan for the Archaeology Collections, which comprise an estimated 1.2 million artifacts and samples. This project will assemble a team of qualified professionals consisting of a conservator, a historic preservation specialist, a mechanical engineer, and collections and facility staff members.  The Master Preservation Plan builds on previous museum-wide conservation surveys and will focus on assessing the preservation needs and issues of the collections, environmental conditions, and collections spaces, and make recommendations to mitigate risks that are sustainable and specific to the varied collections, the museum, and Hawaii.  The plan will produce thoughtful and informed recommendations, implementation plans, and next steps guide both the short- and long-term stewardship and preservation of the collections, including plans for the consolidation of collections and HVAC ductwork.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology; Cultural History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$49,581 (approved)
$49,581 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 3/31/2018


PF-249721-16

George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-2219)
Taina Meller (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Environmental Improvements Implementation Project

The installation of temperature and humidity control equipment in storage spaces containing the museum's photography and moving-image technology collections. Better environmental controls would improve the care of these materials, which support the study of the history of photography and motion pictures.

George Eastman House is the world’s leading international institution for the collection, study, and preservation of photography, moving images, and related technology with associated collections that are among the strongest in the world. The Museum seeks a grant of $350,000 to improve the environmental conditions that exist in two primary collection areas: the Photography Vault and the Technology Vault (photographic and cinematic equipment).The total project cost is $836,546. A professional engineering firm will design, install and test a new efficient and flexible system. Significant improvements will be realized in long-term preservation of the museum’s photography and technology collections; staff, researchers, and scholars will benefit from increased access to collections resulting from a balanced and stable environment; and replacement of an inefficient HVAC system with one that meets industry standards will result in decreased maintenance costs and climate monitoring efforts.

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$25,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2018


PF-249722-16

Huguenot Historical Society, New Paltz, N.Y. (New Paltz, NY 12561-1415)
Josephine Bloodgood (Project Director: 12/01/2015 to present)

Sustainable Preservation of Collections and Architectural Assets at Historic Huguenot Street

A one-year planning project to assess the environmental conditions in 12 historic structures containing over 14,000 artifacts and archival materials providing a history of everyday life in the New Paltz region from pre- and early colonial periods through the first half of the 20th century and to recommend strategies for passive and sustainable measures for maintaining collections environments, while preserving the character of these historically and culturally important buildings.

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) seeks an NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant to fund a team of experts in collections preservation and environmental management to comprehensively review twelve historic structures containing collections and recommend sustainable strategies for maintaining environmental conditions. The over-arching aim of this project is to explore ways to improve the quality of the environment for the historic buildings and the collections within through passive and other sustainable means that will also reduce the institution's reliance on fossil fuels and cut associated costs. To accomplish this,the consulting team will monitor the exteriors, interior conditions, and mechanical systems and meet with staff to discuss strategies to manage humidity and temperature in the houses. The resulting Environmental Improvement Report will serve as an important guide for Historic Huguenot Street's long-term collections management and preservation policies.

Project fields:
Architecture; Cultural History; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$49,170 (approved)
$49,170 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2018


PF-249730-16

Makah Cultural and Research Center (Neah Bay, WA 98357-0160)
Janine Ledford (Project Director: 12/02/2015 to present)

Makah Museum Lighting Retrofit to Improve Exhibit Environment Project

Conversion to LED lighting in a tribal cultural center that houses a library/archives and object collection documenting the history of the Northwestern Coast Makah people.  The proposed project requires moving the Ozette archaeological collection from the current gallery to nearby temporary storage, installation of LED lighting, and reinstallation of the exhibit, as well as staff training in environmental monitoring protocols.

The Makah Cultural and Research Center proposes to replace an antiquated lighting system to protect artifacts on display and conserve energy resources. The current heating system produces excessive heat and will be replaced with an energy efficient LED system with controls and occupancy sensors.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$232,000 (approved)
$232,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2017


PF-230208-15

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (Williamsburg, VA 23185-4138)
Robert Underwood (Project Director: 11/19/2014 to 11/02/2016)
Carl McColey (Project Director: 11/02/2016 to 10/31/2017)
Patricia Silence (Project Director: 10/31/2017 to present)

Replacement and Upgrading of HVAC Mechanical and Control Systems Serving the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

The replacement and upgrade of obsolete environmental systems and controls at the art museums of Colonial Williamsburg based on previous environmental monitoring and planning. The varied holdings present a cross section of American folk arts, decorative arts, and fine arts.

A NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant will be used to replace and upgrade the obsolete HVAC mechanical and control systems currently in place at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, allowing us to enhance the preservation of our collections and reduce our associated energy use and costs by using time-tested engineering and equipment modifications. Replacement of the current HVAC control system will correct long-standing building pressurization problems and permit essential programming of five air handlers that deliver conditioned air to site. It also will permit us to determine if we may effect periods of energy-saving passive control via equipment shutdowns or setbacks. Numerous institutions also using older air handling units will benefit from our ability to share the project's results, especially the cost/benefit analysis and the energy-saving experimentation with systems setbacks, shutdowns and seasonal set point adjustments.

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 7/31/2018


PF-230233-15

New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY 10029-5207)
Lisa O'Sullivan (Project Director: 11/26/2014 to present)

NYAM Old Stacks Sustainable Preservation Environment Project

A planning project to adopt sustainable preservation strategies in the center’s open stacks, housing 19th- and 20th-century medical periodicals and monographs.

The Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) requests a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to optimize environmental conditions in the Old Stacks, where the library’s 19th and 20th century journal collection and recent monographs are stored. For this phase of the project, NYAM hopes to work with the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) to gain an understanding of how persistent preservation issues impact the long-term stability of collections and to explore environmentally sustainable, energy efficient and cost effective strategies best suited to resolving these issues.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2017


PF-230244-15

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538-9124)
Teresa Mitchell (Project Director: 12/02/2014 to present)

The Lac du Flambeau Collections Preservation Master Plan

A planning project to assess the tribal museum’s collections policies, storage environments, building condition, and environmental control systems to ensure sustainable preservation of a unique collection of materials on Ojibwe art, history, and culture, which include ethnographic items, both ceremonial and utilitarian, and an archive of tribal records, manuscripts, and photographs.

The George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI, owned and operated by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, is seeking a planning grant for $50,000 for the development of the LDF Collections Preservation Master Plan. The Museum, a cultural centerpiece since its opening in 1989, has since grown beyond anything the Tribe initially imagined. With a collection three times its original size, we are experiencing challenges with the building envelope, systems and fixtures as they relate to sustainable preservation of the collection, and we have the new challenge of incorporating planning the building of our new Waaswaagoning Cultural Center into preservation planning. The Master Plan, with the oversight of a diverse inter-disciplinary planning committee, will assess the current facility and systems and its capacity to protect our unique collection, and will lay out prioritized action steps for enhancing its sustainable preservation.

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Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$46,229 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


PF-230257-15

Milwaukee Public Museum (Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478)
Ellen Censky (Project Director: 12/02/2014 to present)

Milwaukee Public Museum Cultural Collections Master Plan

A planning grant to study environmental conditions and plan for improved storage space for artifact collections pertaining to the history and culture of Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. The collection includes 886,000 archaeological, anthropological, and ethnographic items and 266,000 historical objects (artifacts, decorative arts, numismatics, philatelic items).

The Milwaukee Public Museum will develop a master plan for the collections stored in the basement of the museum’s building. This includes the ethnology and archeology collections, the history collection, the lantern slide collection, as well as the museum’s collection vault. Currently, these collections are in conditions that are subpar, with temperatures that remain consistent but humidity that fluctuates daily and by season. The master plan will establish realistic environmental criteria on a room-by-room basis, determine how collections with similar needs can be co-located, and develop a program for improvements to the basement envelope based on actual environmental needs of specific co-located collections. In addition, the master plan will identify appropriate and space efficient storage units for each area based on actual environmental needs of the specific collections. All of these requirements are consistent with the museum’s Sustainability Policy and Plan.

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Project fields:
Anthropology; History, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$37,052 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


PF-230261-15

Naperville Heritage Society (Naperville, IL 60540-6517)
Sharon Bennett Hinkle (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to present)

Naper Settlement Sustainable Environmental Improvement Program

A planning project to develop a sustainable, comprehensive strategy for reducing air and water infiltration and maintaining appropriate climate control in 19 of the 30 historic buildings at the 12-acre Naper Settlement.

Naper Settlement recently conducted a collections and building re-assessment which determined an environmental management plan was a critical priority to the long-term preservation of the museum’s collections and buildings.  While Naper Settlement's 30 buildings, both original and reconstructed are significant, their interiors also contain historical resources that the museum has committed to preserving in its public trust role.  Along with a team of experts, Naper Settlement will assess past studies and plans, review available environmental data and perform building and system evaluations to design a detailed, practical and prioritized environmental implementation plan to best manage building and collection preservation needs balanced with their programmatic uses.  The museum looks to develop a plan that facilitates acceptable building environments using existing or modified mechanical systems or non-mechanical approaches conducive to long-term preservation and sustainable practices.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


PF-230269-15

Boston Athenaeum (Boston, MA 02108-3764)
Dawn Walus (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to present)

Review of the Boston Athenaeum Climate Control Systems for Optimization and Sustainability

Monitoring and assessment of the Athenaeum’s collection environments and HVAC systems to identify more sustainable operations for its historic building, leading to improved care for the institution’s holdings of fine art, rare books, manuscripts, and furniture.

Founded in 1807, The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the United States.  Its large, important, and varied collections form an essential resource for those studying the history or culture of Boston, New England, and the United States.  It is housed in a mid-19th-century National Landmark Building extensively renovated at the turn of the 21st century with a modern climate control system.  There, collections share space with the public, staff, members, researchers, and scholars.  The Athenaeum team and consultants from the Image Permanence Institute will work towards two goals: investigating current environmental mechanical systems which are providing inconsistent data on temperature and humidity and optimizing the systems for efficiency and sustainability, which will lead to better conditions for our materials and energy savings and a better use of resources.  It is our hope that this investigation will lead to more sustainable and cost-effective practices.

Project fields:
American Literature; American Studies; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2017


PF-230270-15

Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx, NY 10460-1068)
Madeleine Thompson (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to present)

Development of the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan

A planning project to provide the first step in relocating the Wildlife Conservation Society’s archival holdings to a new storage facility.  The archive comprises records created over the history of the organization, which began as the New York Zoological Society in 1894.  It contains more than 1200 linear feet of records (documents, publications, printed ephemera, paintings, works on paper, architectural plans, photographs, and negatives) relating to subjects such as the history of zoo and aquarium development; early conservation fieldwork to study wildlife in their natural habitats; and animals in art and architecture.

The Wildlife Conservation Society Archives comprises records created over WCS’s 119-year history.  The Archives is currently undergoing a revitalization led by major improvements to the care of and access to the collections.  Recently, WCS Administration identified a new location for the collections, which offers a far stronger opportunity than the current location to develop a sustainable preservation environment.  The proposed project will result in the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan.  Founded upon preservation strategies balancing effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact, this plan will serve as the crucial first step in the Archives’ relocation to this new space.  By convening an interdisciplinary team to work collaboratively on this plan, the Archives seeks to develop the foundation that will guide the sustainable protection of the WCS Archives’ physical collections and the continued study and enjoyment of these unique collections by future generations.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; History of Science; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


PF-230278-15

Tudor Place Foundation, Inc. (Washington, DC 20007-2924)
Jessica Zullinger (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to present)

Designing a New Climate Control System for a National Historic Landmark

A planning project to improve preservation of a collection of 15,000 objects, 5,000 books, and 350 linear feet of archives at the Tudor Place Historic House and historic 1914 Garage, a Washington, D.C. site once owned by the granddaughter of Martha Washington and her husband, a prominent Georgetown merchant.  The house’s collection spans 1650-1983 and includes American and European fine and decorative arts, musical instruments, garden implements, weaponry, a 1919 automobile, and one of the largest public repositories of objects owned by Martha and George Washington.  The project would design an energy- and cost-efficient climate control system to protect the collections.

This planning project takes a holistic approach to designing a sensitive, energy-efficient, and cost-effective HVAC system that will serve the National Historic Landmark house and its collections, and the historic 1914 Garage. Over the last fifteen years, a steady increase in costly failures of the aging mechanical systems have threatened, and continue to threaten, the extensive collection and archive held within this historic structure. Nearly two decades of strategic assessment and planning have led to this point. A great deal is known about our buildings, existing conditions, and future collections care needs; now a team of expert consultants must work with staff to identify and design a system that will respond to the needs and restrictions of the site, collections, limited staff, and budget while following good preservation practice and thinking creatively about sustainability and efficiency.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Architecture; Cultural History; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$30,590 (approved)
$30,590 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 10/31/2016


PF-230283-15

Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum Association (Monhegan, ME 04852)
Jennifer Pye (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to present)

Creating a Sustainable Preservation Environment

An implementation project to improve energy efficiency through improved lighting and non-mechanical climate control in the museum’s seasonal displays, and optimize climate control systems in the museum’s off-season storage vaults for a collection of art, photography, and material culture that chronicles the history of Monhegan Island, Maine, from Native fishing sites to an art colony that flourished from the mid-1800s to the present.

The Monhegan Museum has developed a plan to address the serious environmental issues that pose a threat to the long-term care and conservation of the Museum’s varied and significant collection of artwork, documents, photographs, and artifacts chronicling the unique history and culture of Monhegan Island, Maine.  This implementation will focus on the use of energy efficient low impact lighting, effective non-mechanical climate-control options for the Museum’s seasonal display facilities; and optimizing the existing climate-control systems in the Museum’s off-season storage vaults using sustainable technologies with an eye towards increased energy-efficiency, and ultimately, reduced energy consumption.

Project fields:
Arts, General; History, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 2/28/2019


PF-230287-15

Preservation Society of Newport County (Newport, RI 02840-6924)
Charles Moore (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to 03/02/2016)
Curtis Genga (Project Director: 03/02/2016 to present)

Implementation of a Ground-Source Geothermal System at The Breakers for Dehumidification

An implementation project to install a geothermal system for climate control in the Gilded Age home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, for the preservation of a collection of period art, artifacts, and furnishings. The collections encompass 3,000 fine and decorative arts objects, including custom-designed furniture, oil paintings, sculpture, textiles, and architectural decorations in various media—gilt leather, exotic wood paneling, painted walls, mosaics, and velvet and silk hangings. By moderating high relative humidity, the new climate control system would retard further deterioration of The Breakers’ diverse collections, maintain comfort for visitors, and reduce fuel costs.

The PSNC will install a geothermal system to moderate high relative humidity at its historic property, The Breakers. The primary objective is to safeguard a humanities collection important to research and interpretation of humanities themes related to Gilded Age America. A National Historic Landmark designed by Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1893, The Breakers and its collections offer visitors and scholars an authentic experience of the period. The most significant outcome of the project will be a major improvement of interior relative humidity, preventing further deterioration of the collections and increasing comfort for the more than 350,000 people who visit each year. A second significant outcome will be a reduction in fuel costs; and a third significant outcome is the project’s contribution to the historic preservation field in developing innovative approaches to mitigating interior climate in large historic structures to safeguard collections.

Project fields:
Architecture; Art History and Criticism; Cultural History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


PF-230300-15

Rochester Museum and Science Center (Rochester, NY 14607-2101)
George McIntosh (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to present)

Implementing Sustainable Collections Storage

An implementation project to consolidate ethnology, painting, historic textile, and industrial history collections documenting the history and culture of the Western New York region in two renovated storage areas of the museum’s main building basement area and promote greater energy and curatorial efficiency.

The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) seeks $350,000 in funding to implement sustainable storage solutions for its ethnology, painting, household textile, and industrial history collections. Building on recent collections stewardship improvement initiatives, RMSC staff worked with expert consultants on a 2013 NEH planning grant to identify at-risk humanities collections, establish their storage requirements, and develop a phased plan to upgrade storage conditions for long-term preservation and sustainability. Additional funding from NEH will enable us to implement the first phase of storage renovation and reorganization for high-risk/high-use humanities collections to ensure their availability for research, exhibits, and programs to current and future stakeholders. This important project will allow RMSC to meet its mission as steward of the community’s most comprehensive humanities collection and advance humanistic knowledge at our institution and beyond.

Project fields:
American Studies; Cultural Anthropology; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2019


PF-230301-15

Maine Historical Society (Portland, ME 04101-3498)
Steve Bromage (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to present)

Solar-Powered Collections Storage

The installation of a solar energy system to provide sustainable preservation in a facility housing collections from the Maine Historical Society and the Portland Public Library and jointly administered by the two institutions.

Last year, Maine Historical Society formed an innovative partnership with the Portland Public Library (PPL) to jointly purchase a disused warehouse building and develop it into a state-of-the-art Collections Management Center. Our collaboration is a creative response to a universal library and museum challenge: how to balance the space needed to house collections with the space needed to use those same collections for programming that enriches the lives of people in the community. Now that building renovation is complete, MHS and PPL each own a condominium within an energy-efficient, structurally-sound building, perfect for managing our significant collections of books, manuscripts, art and artifacts. The Center creates new opportunities for MHS to implement preventative conservation measures that are truly sustainable. Our next step is the installation of solar panels on the roof of the facility that will generate sufficient electricity to handle 60% of the building needs.

[White paper]

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/2/2016 – 4/30/2017


PF-230326-15

Center for Jewish History (New York, NY 10011-6301)
Laura Leone (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to 02/28/2017)
Rachel Miller (Project Director: 02/28/2017 to present)

Optimization of the Preservation Environment

Preservation planning for collections of over 500,000 volumes, 100 million documents, and tens of thousands of textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, photographs, and works of art held at the Center for Jewish History.  The Center houses five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Foundation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.  This project would plan for an optimal, energy-efficient environment for the partners’ archival and object collections.

The aim of the Optimization of the Preservation Environment project is for preservation, collections and building management stakeholders to work collaboratively to achieve the best possible preservation environment, with the least possible energy consumption, that is both sustainable and appropriate to the particular collections that reside within the Center’s walls. This project will help the Center in its holistic approach to preservation: determining the climate range that is best for the partner’s collection materials, working out what Center systems can and should be doing, and making appropriate changes toward a sustainable solution for collection preservation and optimal HVAC energy usage (i.e., moving away from set points toward a more dynamic storage environment).

Project fields:
Arts, General; History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2017


PF-230332-15

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (Washington, DC 20007-3071)
Karen Daly (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to present)

Installation of an Upgraded, Energy Efficient HVAC System for Dumbarton House

An implementation project to preserve a collection of furnishings, fine and decorative arts, and manuscripts at Dumbarton House, Washington, D.C.’s only house museum devoted to interpretation of the Federal period.  To protect the collections, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America would replace the house’s climate control system.

Dumbarton House tells the story of life in the City of Washington during the formation of the early republic and a new national identity.  Recent failures in the 22-year-old HVAC system demonstrate that a planned upgrade, based on a thoughtful review, not a crisis-response, is a critical institutional responsibility.  A holistic 2012 NEH Planning study has revealed that we are unable to efficiently and effectively manage the current system and we are ready to take the next steps in implementing a responsive, efficient system and operational approaches to serve Dumbarton House far better than the existing patchwork.  This project proposes the replacement and improvement of the existing climate control system in the historic house in order to better protect the collection, the historic structure, and the environment.

Project fields:
History, Other; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2017


PF-230348-15

Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (Utica, NY 13502-4764)
Anna D'Ambrosio (Project Director: 12/04/2014 to present)
Ronald Draper (Co Project Director: 10/01/2015 to present)
Ronald Draper (Co Project Director: 10/01/2015 to present)

Climate Control System Improvements-Planning Phase

A collaborative planning project to assess climate control in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute’s (MWPAI) 1960 Philip Johnson-designed gallery space, and then to upgrade, repair, or adjust the HVAC system accordingly.  The project would culminate in a detailed plan for improvements to the museum’s climate control system and building envelope.

Working with Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute will determine professional standards for climate conditions appropriate for the preservation of the world renowned collection in its Philip Johnson designed Museum of Art building.  Based upon these determinations a study will be conducted by Intelligent Converted Energy (ICE), recognized authorities in the field of sustainable climate control systems, to determine the sources of fluctuations in temperature and humidity in the Museum building.  The study will focus on a wide range of possible improvements to the HVAC system including ductwork, dehumidification/humidification, mixing boxes and controls, as well as possible changes to the building envelope.  ICE will provide a plan for the implementation of these improvements that will provide long term human resource and energy savings and more consistent control of the structure's exhibition space climate.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$38,010 (approved)
$37,015 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


PF-230350-15

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA 19102-1424)
David Brigham (Project Director: 12/04/2014 to present)

PAFA Works on Paper and Archives Suite Construction Project

An implementation  project to renovate a dedicated space for the storage of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ works on paper and archival collections, which contain 10,500 objects spanning artists’ studies and finished compositions from the 18th through 21st centuries.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) requests a $350,000 NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Implementation Grant to support the construction of PAFA’s new Works on Paper and Archives suite. The project, beginning in late 2015, will implement recommendations from an NEH SCHC Planning grant (2013-14 project period) that identified the undeveloped fifth floor of PAFA’s 12-story Hamilton Building as an optimal site for storage expansion based on its potential for passive energy savings through location and efficient construction design, as well as resiliency in the event of a disaster. The energy-efficient, purpose-built suite will house three quarters of PAFA’s Collection: 10,500 works on paper and the entire Archives Collection, both currently stored in congested basement-level storage. Adjacent collections care, conservation, and research spaces will improve preservation and access to the collections for research for now and for generations to come.

[White paper]

Project fields:
American Studies; Art History and Criticism; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


PF-50416-14

Yellowstone Art Museum (Billings, MT 59101-1241)
Robyn Peterson (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Illuminating Art: LED Relamping Project

An implementation project to install energy-efficient LED lighting and occupancy sensors in the Yellowstone Art Museum's exhibition galleries, where collections of American art are displayed. The museum's holdings focus on modern and contemporary art from Montana and the northern Rocky Mountain and northern Plains regions.

A preventive conservation project, Illumination: LED Relamping Project aims to improve the preservation environment and increase operational sustainability. The project will 1) replace 90-watt and 50-watt tungsten halogens with maximum 21-watt non-UV/IR-emitting LED lamps in the main museum building, 2) replace obsolete track heads in two small galleries, and 3) install occupancy sensors in the one gallery lacking them. The project will bring the Yellowstone Art Museum's lighting system in all art exhibition and storage areas up to 21st-century standards. Expected outcomes are 1) reducing heat generated by conventional systems and 2) joining green building choices already made by the YAM that are improving its preservation environment and its financial and environmental sustainability profile. By saving energy and costs, the project reinforces the YAM's commitment to its collections, cultural preservation, environmental policy, and quest for cost-effective operations.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General; Arts, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$34,979 (approved)
$34,979 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2014 – 4/30/2015


PF-50421-14

Gibbes Art Gallery (Charleston, SC 29401)
Zinnia Willits (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Framing the Future: Collections, Care, and Storage Renovation at the Gibbes Museum of Art

An implementation project to improve storage conditions for the Gibbes Museum's collections, which focus on art of the American south. Storage furniture would be installed in a new collections suite that is being created as part of a major renovation and expansion of the museum.

The Gibbes Museum of Art requests a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Implementation Grant of $250,000 to relocate the fine art collection and purchase and install custom-designed, space and energy efficient storage equipment, return the collection and reinstall the collection in the new storage and study center, as part of a major building renovation entitled Framing the Future: A Campaign for Excellence at the Gibbes Museum of Art. The Gibbes is dedicated to generating scholarship, exhibitions and programs that promote a broad understanding of this region and its role in American and world history, and contemplate its future. The renovation and storage/study suite will go far to help make this knowledge accessible to diverse audiences, and add richness to the visitor experience.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 6/30/2016


PF-50424-14

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Teresa Moreno (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Planning a Sustainable Preservation Environment for Arizona State Museum's Anthropological Photographs

Planning and environmental assessment to create efficient, sustainable plans to repurpose space at the Arizona State Museum (ASM) at the University of Arizona into a consolidated storage space for the museum's collection of photographs documenting the history of Native Americans in the region. The project would identify appropriate and sustainable environmental parameters for the preservation of these photographs in the extreme desert climate of the American Southwest.

The Arizona State Museum proposes to conduct planning and assessment for the renovation and environmental improvement of three rooms where photographic collections are currently held. The proposal is to convert the three rooms (formerly offices) into one large climate controlled photographic archive suite with compact mobile shelving to maximize collections storage space. The creation of a climate controlled suite for long-term storage and curation requires reevaluation of the current environment and existing mechanical systems, and determination of appropriate and sustainable environmental parameters for the preservation of photographs in the desert climate. This study will also include a structural and electrical evaluation, preparation of architectural diagrams, development of physical design criteria, NHPA Section 106 Review, and implementation cost estimates. Completion of concept and schematic designs will enable further fundraising for implementation of renovations.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology; Native American Studies

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$48,962 (approved)
$48,962 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2018


PF-50428-14

Franklin Institute Science Museum (Philadelphia, PA 19103)
Karen Elinich (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Planning for a Curatorial Center at The Franklin Institute

A planning project for a new curatorial center that will house collections of material culture and archives related to the history of science, technology, photography, design and the arts. The Franklin Institute seeks to combine nine separate collections storage areas scattered around the museum and two rented storage facilities into approximately one offsite and two onsite spaces. The Franklin Institute would review and update its design plan based on the most current research in preventive conservation, with a focus on passive measures.

The Franklin Institute is a hands-on science and technology center that in 2013 served over 1.4 million people of all ages in Philadelphia and beyond. The Institute's holdings include records of its early activities as one of the nation's leading mechanics institutes, the Benjamin Franklin and Wright brothers collections, and collections of visual and material culture. These document the rise of technology and science in the US and how they shape and are shaped by broader culture. After many years of making do with repurposed spaces, the Institute's collections facilities must be improved to permit proper preservation and broader use of this valuable resource. This project will assemble an interdisciplinary planning team of outside experts and Institute staff to produce a curatorial center design that integrates sustainable preservation strategies, improves conditions for and access to the collections, and supports their increased use in the Institute's educational programs.

Project fields:
History of Science; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$17,968 (approved)
$17,968 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2017


PF-50431-14

University of Colorado Museum (Boulder, CO 80303-1058)
Christina Cain (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Sustainable Microenvironment for Collections Storage

Planning for the creation of storage microclimates to improve the preservation of Navajo textiles and Native American pottery held in the anthropology collections of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

This grant to the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History would provide funding to bring together a team of experts in preservation, sustainability, engineering, pest management, and environmental control to develop plans for creating a microenvironment for the storage of sensitive museum collections. The plan will include designs for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and building envelope improvements for two spaces within the museum structure. These rooms will be used to house the museum's pottery and textile collections, which are at risk in their current state and are the top priority for an improved preservation environment.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$48,228 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 9/30/2016


PF-50432-14

Sealaska Heritage Foundation (Juneau, AK 99801-1245)
Charles Smythe (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Preserving Cultural Collections through Sustainable Practices

Improved storage and preservation through the installation of compact shelving and the construction of object storage mounts and boxes for collections of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian items held by the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

The Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is dedicated to preserving and making a diverse collection of significant humanities holdings available for present and future generations. Prior to a facility relocation, this project will first purchase and install preservation-quality compact shelving structures that will be integrated with systems to manage relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in its collection storage space. Then SHI will oversee the construction of preservation quality object storage mounts and boxing that protect objects during a facility relocation and in the long term, amid the objective of carrying out the project through sustainable and environmentally responsive best practices.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$182,654 (approved)
$182,654 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2016


PF-50434-14

New Hampshire Historical Society (Concord, NH 03301-6316)
William Dunlap (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Improving Environmental Conditions to Preserve New Hampshire Collections

Improvements to the headquarters of the New Hampshire Historical Society to protect a significant collection documenting New Hampshire history from damaging environmental conditions, while reducing heat loss and energy consumption. Upgrades would include insulating the roof and skylights, protecting the collections from ultraviolet light, and replacing heating and mechanical systems.

The New Hampshire Historical Society proposes a rehabilitation of its National Registered-listed headquarters in Concord, the state capital. The Society's headquarters houses the single most comprehensive collection of the materials of New Hampshire history. Guided by the Secretary of the Interior's standards for Rehabilitation, the project will protect these nationally significant holdings against damaging internal environmental conditions and hazards; reduce heat loss, energy consumption, and the Society's carbon "footprint;" and protect the architectural character of the 1911 building. To accomplish these goals, the project will address current heat loss and gain through the building's roof and skylights, eliminate damaging ultraviolet radiation from natural light, and replace century-old heating and mechanical systems in order to safeguard collections, conserve energy, and maintain levels of temperature and relative humidity appropriate to an archive and museum.

[White paper]

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2016


PF-50437-14

University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 46556-4635)
Julie Arnott (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to 12/09/2015)
Liz Dube (Project Director: 12/09/2015 to present)

University of Notre Dame, Rare Books and Special Collections, Sustainable Preservation Environment Project

A planning grant to address significant environmental factors--in particular, an aging HVAC system--that pose a threat to the applicant's Rare Books and Special Collections, which contain 175,000 volumes of printed books and periodicals dating from the 15th century to the present with topical strengths in Catholic Church history and theology, Irish Studies, Latin American Studies, Italian literature, and sports history.

The University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries requests $50,000 to develop a plan to address significant environmental factors posing a threat to the long-term preservation of its Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC). The Collections are housed in a dedicated underground vault area. The HVAC system that serves RBSC is original to the fifty-year old building and is not purpose-designed to serve the space: the zoning does not appropriately isolate work and collection storage. The heating, ventilating and cooling (HVAC) infrastructure is unable to meet the preservation needs of the collections and struggles to maintain even the broadest range of tolerances with respect to temperature and relative humidity (RH). The collaborative project team includes eight Notre Dame staff from the Libraries, Facilities, Utilities and the Office of Sustainability. This team will work closely with two environmental specialists from the Image Permanence Institute.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Italian Literature; Medieval History; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$48,711 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 6/30/2016


PF-50445-14

Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4007)
Sandra Olsen (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to 05/28/2014)
Gretchen Anderson (Project Director: 05/29/2014 to present)

Carnegie Museum of Natural History Sustainable Anthropology Collection Storage Improvement

The improvement of storage environments for over 2 million ethnographic and archaeological objects produced by native peoples of the Americas, as well as similar materials from other parts of the world. The project would support the consolidation of storage spaces and the installation of compact shelving at the museum, based on environmental and facilities data collected during a year-long planning effort that identified ways to reduce energy consumption and improve collections storage.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History's (CMNH) Anthropology Section possesses one of the world's outstanding collections. Ranking fifth in the nation, its holdings include 100,000 ethnological and historical objects, as well as 1.5 million archaeological artifacts, representing most of the continents. To ensure the future of these valuable holdings, the CMNH Section of Anthropology is undertaking an ambitious program to improve conditions in the off-site facility housing its collections. The main goals of this implementation grant proposal are sustainability, improvements to collection storage and climate control, and reorganization of areas by function. Once completed, the CMNH Section of Anthropology's collection conditions will be vastly improved and the collections will be much more accessible.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$341,848 (approved)
$341,848 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


PF-50447-14

Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ 86011-0001)
Jonathan Pringle (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Exploring Sustainable Practices for Cold Storage for At-Risk Collections

A planning project to develop recommendations for a dedicated cold storage environment for the university's visual resource collections (photographs, negatives, motion pictures, and magnetic media) documenting the history and culture of the Colorado Plateau region.

This project will help plan for specialized storage for the fragile visual materials. These include photographs, negatives, moving images, and magnetic media that form a significant part of the rare and original archival collections housed in the Special Collections and Archives unit of the library. Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant opportunity will bring in a team of specialized experts who will work collaboratively to plan for a storage environment that will significantly deter the degradation of these irreplaceable items.

[White paper]

Project fields:
History, General; Native American Studies; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,971 (approved)
$36,859 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2016


PF-50449-14

Museum of History and Industry (Seattle, WA 98109-4330)
Betsy Bruemmer (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Analysis of Mechanical Systems and Building Envelope of the MOHAI Resource Center

The analysis of collection storage spaces and environmental conditions at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), which houses diverse collections of archival and audiovisual materials and artifacts that treat the history of Seattle and the surrounding region. To improve care for these collections, the applicant would gather information about the museum's storage spaces and assemble an expert team to suggest sustainable improvements for storage and accessibility of the collections. A white paper would foster greater understanding of the preservation challenges facing cultural heritage institutions in the Pacific Northwest.

After moving into a renovated former granite warehouse, MOHAI is struggling to achieve a sustainable and appropriate preservation environment for its artifact and library collections. With NEH support, we wish to work with the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) of Rochester, NY to develop a better understanding of our mechanical systems and the effects of the building envelope on this system in a Pacific Northwest marine environment. We would also like to utilize IPI's expertise in materials science and deterioration to review the temperature and relative humidity specifications for our collections. Consultations with experts in building construction, mechanical engineering and HVAC systems have resulted in a variety of theories about this problem, from ground moisture seeping up though the concrete floors, to infiltration of outside air into the building, to inadequate mechanical equipment. A variety of solutions have been proposed, the source of the problem, however, remains a mystery.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Cultural History; U.S. History; Urban History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 11/30/2016


PF-50461-14

Blount County Government (Maryville, TN 37803-7979)
Jackie Glenn (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Blount County Archival Preservation Grant

The installation of new climate control and lighting in a renovated facility designed to preserve archival records, dating from the late 1700s to the present, pertaining to the history and culture of eastern Tennessee.

An implementation project for the reallocation of space to reduce energy consumption, improve and stabilize environmental conditions of the historical and cultural records collection of Blount County Records Management and Archives (hereafter referred to as the Archives.) Blount County's documents are currently stored in two locations which are not conducive to records storage. The Archives is requesting funding to help relocate the records by renovating a new (seventy-five hundred square feet) location at the Blount County Operation Center that will house all records collection in one place. Our stategy is to extend Blount County's Bee-Green program by installing an energy efficient HVAC system and make needed renovations in the Archive's location at the Operations Center. The advisory team has used environmetal monitoring data, space usage, and an area within the building's envelope to create a plan for a climate management system that will be energy efficient.

[White paper]

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$119,100 (approved)
$119,100 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 12/31/2016


PF-50472-14

Center for Research Libraries (Chicago, IL 60637-2804)
Don Dyer (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to 07/21/2014)
Patrick Lummen (Project Director: 07/21/2014 to present)

Implementation Grant Project

Improvements to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system at the Center for Research Libraries, which holds over five million items including rare and unique volumes and primary source materials dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries.

A Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant application to fund a capital improvement project to upgrade the heat and air conditioning system software and replace the two networks of sensors and controllers that automate the system that provides a preservation storage environment for the Center's 93,750 square feet of collection storage space.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$159,720 (approved)
$141,639 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2015


PF-50479-14

Shelburne Museum (Shelburne, VT 05482)
Richard Kerschner (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Protecting Shelburne Museum's Decoy Collection: Climate, fire, security, and lighting upgrades for Dorset House

An implementation project to preserve the Shelburne Museum's wildfowl decoy collection, which numbers nearly 1,400 objects and spans more than 150 years of decoy making primarily in New England, Long Island, the New Jersey coast, the Chesapeake, North Carolina's Outer Banks, and the Gulf states. To protect the collections, the museum would improve environmental conditions, security, and fire protection in the 1832 Dorset House, where the decoy collection and related art and artifacts are exhibited and stored.

Support is requested to stabilize and protect the Shelburne Museum Decoy Collection which is considered the finest and most comprehensive collection of decoys in the world. This two-year project is designed to control harmful temperature and humidity fluctuations, mitigate the risk of fire, reduce light exposure, improve security conditions, and improve exhibition and "open storage" conditions to allow better physical and intellectual access for the collection which is housed and exhibited in the historic and elegant Dorset House, built in 1832, that is located on the Museum's grounds. Shelburne Museum will employ a successful holistic approach of performing environmental, security, and fire system upgrades, while simultaneously conducting curatorial research and reinterpretation, exhibit upgrades, object conservation, and planning for programming to increase visitors' accessibility to the collections and their intellectual context.

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Project fields:
Arts, General; Cultural History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2017