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PF-266604-19

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Sarah Kortemeier (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Assuring Sustainable Collection Growth with High-Density Mobile Storage

The purchase and installation of a high-density mobile storage system in the archives room of the University of Arizona Poetry Center (UAPC).

The University of Arizona Poetry Center (UAPC), one of the most extensive and accessible collections of contemporary poetry in the United States, will purchase and install a mechanical-assist high-density mobile storage system in the organization’s closed-stacks Archives Room. This project is the culmination of a major preservation initiative that began in 2014 with a Preservation Assessment funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions. Achieving the goals and recommendations of the assessment is a key priority of UAPC’s 2014–2019 Strategic Plan, which recognizes the library’s collections as a crucial part of UAPC’s identity; the completion of this project will mark the fulfillment of this key priority. The project increases sustainability at UAPC by providing space for 15 to 20 years of sustainable collection growth, placing UAPC in the strongest possible position to preserve its nationally significant humanities collections.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$106,299 (approved)
$106,299 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 1/31/2021


PF-266605-19

High Point Museum (High Point, NC 27262-3451)
Corinne Midgett (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Analysis and Optimization of the High Point Museum's Preservation Environment

A Planning grant to monitor and analyze the preservation environment in the High Point Museum’s storage and exhibition spaces.  The museum’s collections include 20,000 artifacts, 8,000 archival records, and 15,000 print photographs that document the furniture, transportation, and textile industries of High Point, North Carolina, located in the state’s Piedmont Triad region.

Through this grant, a multi-disciplinary team, including two consultants from the Image Permanence Institute, will monitor and analyze the preservation environment in the High Point Museum’s storage and exhibition spaces. The museum’s environmental systems are aging, complicating maintenance and causing partial failures. After collecting and evaluating environmental data for one year, the project team will be able to optimize the performance of the current systems for preservation and energy savings.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$21,694 (approved)
$21,694 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 1/31/2021


PF-266622-19

Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX 79601-3761)
Mac Ice (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Planning for a Sustainable Preservation Environment

A planning project to improve the storage environment for preserving Abilene Christian University’s special collections and archives, which document the role of evangelical revivalism in American Christianity from the late eighteenth century to the present.  The library holds rare books and nearly 500 manuscript collections related to the Stone-Campbell religious movement (also known as the American Restoration movement), as well as records pertaining to the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) denomination and the non-denominational Churches of Christ and Christian Churches congregations.

The principal activities of this project involve an evaluation of the storage and stacks area of Brown Library that is dedicated to housing Special Collections and Archives (SCA). Given the location of Abilene Christian University (ACU) in West Texas, the performance of the existing HVAC system in its ambient climate presents challenges and opportunities that are currently under-examined, rendering our operation inefficient, under-controlled, and therefore under-utilized to the best advantage of the university in stewarding the collection. We seek an integrated design approach whereby we will evaluate and analyze these conditions and the performance of the HVAC system. The findings of this analysis should surface a variety of potential sustainable remedial solutions that will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the systems, mitigate risk factors such as uncontrolled temperature and humidity variations, and extend the life of the collection.

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

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


PF-266657-19

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (Coos Bay, OR 97420-2895)
Jeff Stump (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Sustainable Collections Preservation Planning

Planning for sustainable lighting, improvements in the storage environment, and architectural design for a new Tribal Museum and Cultural Center that would be developed on one of the oldest Native American settlements on the southern Oregon coast, known as “the Hollering Place.”  The tribe manages 100 distinct collections, including baskets, archival materials, manuscripts, and recordings of indigenous languages.

The Tribe will conduct an assessment and develop sustainable cultural preservation strategies to be integrated into the final architectural design of the new Tribal Museum and Cultural Center. The development of strategies enunciated in the resulting planning document will be integral for ensuring the Tribal Museum and Cultural Center is designed, constructed, and operated in a manner that supports sustainable preservation strategies. Specific areas to be addressed in the plan include: 1) evaluating the cos-teffectiveness of building-wide environmental control systems versus microclimate display cases and storage systems; 2) examining internal lighting options that balance preservation needs with energy stewardship (a cultural value of the Tribe); and 3) incorporating architectural and structural design elements that support collections handling processes to mitigate threats to theTribe’s cultural collections including fire, pest control, cross-contamination, and theft.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


PF-266673-19

Luis A. Ferre Foundation, Inc. (Ponce, PR 00717-0776)
Soraya Serra-Collazo (Project Director: January 2019 to September 2019)
Bianca Ortiz (Project Director: September 2019 to present)
Improving Preventive Conservation for Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean: The Museo de Arte de Ponce

A planning project to address climate fluctuation in the Museo de Arte de Ponce’s Edward Durell Stone-designed exhibition building. Constructed in 1965, the Ponce Museum is one of Puerto Rico’s preeminent collecting institutions, containing approximately 4,500 objects from the eighteenth century to the present. The project would focus on optimizing exhibition and storage environments, with a particular focus on passive operation and strategies for responding to natural disasters.

The Museo de Arte de Ponce proposes a two years planning grant to support an environmental optimization study designed to better understand the environmental behavior of collections spaces in the museum. This study will support the MAP’s goal to better achieve our commitment as custodians of humanities heritage and environmental sustainability in an age of increasingly frequent natural threats to collections preservation and organizational capacity. This project plans to collect and analyze comprehensively the environmental data for all collections spaces in the museum. Through documentation and assessment, the project key priority will be to identify potential strategies –both operational and for future capital investment– to optimize collections exhibition and storage environments in Puerto Rico’s challenging climate, with a particular focus on passive operation and environmental strategies during disaster events. This project can serve as a case study for the Caribbean region.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$44,986 (approved)
$44,986 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


PF-266683-19

Chicago Historical Society (Chicago, IL 60614-6038)
John Yelen (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Toward a Sustainable Preservation Environment at the Chicago History Museum

The replacement of an outdated chiller and associated mechanical controls at the Chicago History Museum’s Clark Street facility, which houses diverse collections of artifacts, archival material, textiles, and decorative arts that reflect nearly 300 years of Chicago and Illinois history.

The Chicago History Museum (CHM) requests a $350,000 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant to replace our aging and obsolete primary chiller with units that can reliably sustain optimal preservation conditions for our nationally significant collection. Based on a two-phase assessment beginning in 2015,CHM has developed an achievable strategy to address the preservation quality of the areas of our primary facility that house artifacts for exhibition and research. Chiller replacement has been identified as the clear priority in advancing the Museum’s near- and long-term environmental goals and will play a critical role in making our mechanical systems more efficient and effective. This proposed implementation project is the first step in establishing holistic control over the Museum’s preservation environments. By improving dehumidification and cooling performance, preservation conditions throughout the building will be improved.

Project fields:
U.S. History; Urban History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


PF-266692-19

Montana Historical Society (Helena, MT 59601-4514)
Molly Kruckenberg (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Upgrades to the Mechanical System at the Montana Historical Society for Sustainable Preservation of Collections

An Implementation project to adjust air handling systems and install a building management system that would improve overall energy efficiency for preserving Montana Historical Society’s collections, which include 6,000 Native American artifacts, 3,100 textile pieces, 800 transportation artifacts, 35,000 linear feet of manuscripts and government records, and 3,000 artifacts documenting the region’s agriculture and mining industries.

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, a 2014 facilities inventory, and a 2016-2018 analysis of mechanical systems, MHS has determined that several upgrades are necessary to ensure the long-term, sustainable preservation of our collections. The highest priority, to improve preservation conditions and energy efficiencies, is the installation of a Building Management System. This project will complete minor improvements to MHS air handling units, install a Building Management System, and test the system for efficient operations.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$349,978 (approved)
$349,978 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


PF-266723-19

Colorado Springs City Government (Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2206)
Matt Mayberry (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Sustainable Preservation at Museum Offsite Collection Storage

Installation of a central HVAC system with digital controls for the 14,000 square-foot offsite storage space of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, which preserves and interprets the history of the Pikes Peak region.

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum requests a $290,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collection implementation grant to support its $658,933 project, Sustainable Preservation at Museum Offsite Collection Storage. This project aims to improve the environmental conditions of the CSPM’s offsite collection storage facility through installation of an efficient HVAC system with digital central controls, and low velocity fans. Critical project outcomes include: improved stability in the temperature and relative humidity readings; improved energy efficiency; a state-of-the-art space that will allow the museum to continue to collect and preserve artifacts for decades to come; and improved scholarship of museum patrons through display of its collections and associated programming.

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$290,000 (approved)
$290,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 5/31/2021


PF-266724-19

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Scottsdale, AZ 85259-2537)
Margo Stipe (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Taliesin West Collections Storage Improvements Plan

A Planning project to address storage improvements for the collections housed at Taliesin West, the winter home and architectural laboratory of Frank Lloyd Wright, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The collection includes thousands of objects, such as furniture designed by Wright in addition to fabrics and decorative objects, Japanese woodblock prints, Asian screen paintings, textiles, rare books, and archival materials from the Taliesin Associated Architects program.

Based on recommendations from the FLWF Preservation Committee and CAP reviewers, the FLWF requests an NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant to prepare a comprehensive Collections Storage Improvements Plan to resolve critical storage issues at Taliesin West. This will fund an external consulting team of a Preventive Conservator and an Architect/Engineer to work with FLWF Collections and Preservation staff and prepare the plan which will set out the reallocation of collections and spaces, necessary envelope and systems improvements for environmental management, fire safety and security, and identification of appropriate storage furniture for efficient use of space, sequencing and phasing for full implementation. The request includes $10,000 to implement critical building upgrades as a pilot project, wherever the greatest need is identified. The actual pilot project will depend on the recommendations of the Collections Storage Improvements Plan.

Project fields:
Architecture; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


PF-266726-19

University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford, CT 06117-2764)
Ann Hartley Sievers (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Mechanical and Preservation Optimization Study at the Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph

A planning project to study the performance of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment in order to inform operational adjustments for improved climate control and potential capital improvements at the Art Museum of the University of Saint Joseph.

The Art Museum at University of Saint Joseph (USJ) requests a planning grant of $29,726 for an optimization study of the Museum’s mechanical system to determine its ability to provide a sustainable preservation climate for the collections. Consultant Jeremy Linden and a team from USJ will ascertain the capability of existing equipment, including total dehumidification and humidification; identify optimal operating conditions to support both collection preservation and energy efficiency; and develop a strategic plan for potential capital investment and renovations. A series of site visits, experimental adjustments to system operations, and project team meetings over a 2-year period will result in a final report on the documentation, analysis, and optimization process, with recommendations for operational and capital improvements. This high priority study recommended by preservation experts will position the Museum to plan strategically for long-term, sustainable collection preservation.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$29,726 (approved)
$29,726 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


PF-266727-19

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Nancy E. Green (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Sustainable Preservation Plan for Works on Paper in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

A planning project to identify solutions to excessive light exposure, insufficient storage space, and inadequate climate control within the print storage and study room of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. The project’s interdisciplinary planning team would include outside consultants with expertise in paper conservation, preservation environments, and the building’s unique architecture, designed by I. M. Pei.

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (HFJ) at Cornell University requests a $50,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant to assemble an interdisciplinary team of curators, conservators, building experts, and architects to identify ways to improve the sustainable preservation of more than 23,000 prints, drawings, watercolors, portfolios, and artists’ books in its collection. Works on paper comprise the largest portion of HFJ’s permanent collection holdings and, due to its scope and breadth, is the one most frequently used for teaching, but is also its most vulnerable collection. Objectives include studying existing lighting design and climate of the print room; identifying passive measures that could be implemented to increase the safety of the collection; assessing the collection’s variety to address individual storage needs; and investigating state-of-the-art storage methods within the restrictions of the current space.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


PF-266733-19

Fort Ticonderoga Association (Ticonderoga, NY 12883-0390)
Miranda Peters (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
The Future is Calling: Developing a Master Preservation and Storage Needs Plan for Ticonderoga’s Collections

A planning project to develop a strategy for reuse of a historic building in order to increase capacity for collections storage, preventive conservation, and energy efficiency.

Fort Ticonderoga requests funding to assemble a collaborative team of museum staff and consultants to develop a Master Preservation and Storage Needs Plan for the collections housed in the Thompson-Pell Research Center. The Plan will provide museum staff with professional guidance and recommendations for addressing collections preservation issues within the historic building as it is converted into a dedicated Collections and Research Facility. The Plan will also include recommendations concerning the storage needs for a new 3,000-object collection that the museum will be acquiring and moving to the TPRC in 2022. This project will enable Fort Ticonderoga to move forward to fulfill its mission in transformative ways, while also serving as a model for other cultural institutions through the dissemination of a white paper report that discusses the effectiveness of the sustainable preservation strategies used.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


PF-266737-19

Shelburne Museum (Shelburne, VT 05482-0010)
Chip Stulen (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Shelburne Museum Stagecoach Inn Renovation Project

An implementation project to preserve the Shelburne Museum's renowned folk-art collection, housed in the 1783 Stagecoach Inn. To protect the collections, the museum would improve environmental conditions, security, fire suppression, and lighting in the historic structure.

Shelburne Museum requests a $243,880 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to stabilize and protect its folk art collection, housed in Stagecoach Inn, an important historic structure. Renovations in Stagecoach Inn will result in a reduction of energy use while also maintaining current levels of environmental control. Greater consistency of lighting control will be established throughout the building and light levels will be reduced on the second floor following the installation of visitor activated light sensors. Objects installed on both pedestals and mounted on walls will experience less vibration and have better support, and the collection will receive improved security thanks to an increase in camera coverage and upgrades to the VESDA system. Consequently, the project will also result in better protection and presentation of the Museum’s important and renowned folk art collection.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Cultural History; History, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$243,880 (approved)
$243,880 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 5/31/2022


PF-266759-19

New York City Municipal Archives (New York, NY 10007-1210)
Sylvia Kollar (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
New York City Department of Records Municipal Archives: Creating a Sustainable Preservation Environment

A planning project to develop recommendations for improving the storage environment at the New York City Municipal Archives, which stewards 243,000 cubic feet of manuscripts, official correspondence, audiovisual materials, architectural records, maps, ledgers, vital records, over two million photographs, and 185 terabytes of digital records pertaining to the history of the city from 1645 to the present.

The New York City Department of Records and Information Services requests Endowment support to develop plans for improving and implementing strategies for long-term storage and preservation of archival material. Dating from the 1600s to the early 21st century, the collections provide extensive documentation of NYC municipal government and include significant intellectual content important for humanities research in American urban history, public education, criminal justice, health care, and planning. The project workplan is to engage the services of professional engineers who will undertake a comprehensive survey and analysis of the extant HVAC and storage system, produce a report on environmental conditions, prepare detailed recommendations for improvements, and produce designs for a new HVAC system with an emphasis on sustainable energy use. The project time period is 12 months.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$40,186 (approved)
$40,186 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020


PF-266767-19

George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-2219)
Paolo Cherchi Usai (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Protecting the Nitrate Film Heritage

Building improvements, energy recovery, and installation of a backup generator at the George Eastman Museum’s Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center. These improvements would provide the necessary long-term preservation environment for the museum’s 90,000-item nitrate film collection and minimize the risk of catastrophic loss due to fire, power outages, and fluctuating temperature and relative humidity.

The George Eastman Museum requests a grant of $340,615 as part of a total project of $683,732 to upgrade the environmental systems at its Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center where the significant and rare collection of 35mm nitrate-based film and photographic materials are at risk from chemical damage due to system breakdowns caused by extreme weather and equipment failures. The collection represents the work of internationally acclaimed cinema and photographic artists. The project will add resilience to the structure and minimize the risk of film decomposition and the potential for fire by: improving the exterior insulation of the building envelope; installing a robust back-up generator; and installing an air recovery system. These improvements will ensure the safety and integrity of these unique collections. The project will commence October 1, 2019 and will be completed by September 30, 2021.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Film History and Criticism; History, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$340,615 (approved)
$340,615 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


PF-266774-19

Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI 48202-4008)
Barbara Heller (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
European Decorative Arts Storage Renovation

The rehousing of 625 objects, currently held in eleven temporary storage sites, from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ European Sculpture and Decorative Arts collection.  The items would be moved into a redesigned storage space to alleviate overcrowding of collections, accommodate future collection growth, absorb vibrations due to earthquakes, and reduce exposure to ultraviolet light.

The Detroit Institute of Arts requests NEH support to renovate and upgrade a storage room to house a portion of the DIA's outstanding collection of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. These works are presently stored in eleven separate storage rooms throughout the museum. The project involves implementing environmental improvements and lighting upgrades, and installing necessary storage equipment, including powder-coated cabinets and pallet racking. Works of art will be moved into their assigned renovated, acclimatized and newly-designed storage rooms, unpacked, reorganized and properly rehoused to ensure their long term conservation and preservation. This will facilitate display, loans, scholarly study and research, photography and make the collections more accessible to the public.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$255,000 (approved)
$255,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


PF-266775-19

Philbrook Museum of Art, Inc. (Tulsa, OK 74114-4104)
Rachel Keith (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Sustainable HVAC Stabilization Phase 1

An implementation project to address storage environment deficiencies—in particular, an aging heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system—that pose a threat to the Philbrook Museum’s comprehensive fine art collection. The applicant would replace the outdated HVAC system, balancing the needs of the 1927 museum building with the preservation requirements of the 14,000 objects stored and exhibited in the historic structure.

To support a two-year project to replace outdated HVAC system components and establish a comprehensive monitoring system to enhance collections preservation and energy efficiency. Philbrook’s permanent collection contains approximately 16,000 objects that represent a period of over 5,000 years, making it the most comprehensive in Oklahoma. The Museum’s diverse permanent collection provides opportunities to facilitate discussion and promote understanding about cultures, history, and social and aesthetic practices from around the world. Through bold action and strategic investment, the Museum creates a space for new ideas, diverse perspectives, and social connection. Vital to realizing this vision is the Museum’s ability to safeguard the historic structure, ensure a healthy climate for the long-term stability of collections, and operate the building systems sustainably.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


PF-266779-19

La Casa del Libro (San Juan, PR 00901-1518)
Karen Cana-Cruz (Project Director: February 2019 to present)
Planning for a Sustainable Climate Control System and Collection Storage in an Old San Juan Historic Building

A planning project to design a new collections storage area and HVAC system for the special collections held by La Casa del Libro, a museum housed in two adjoining historic buildings in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The collections consist of more than 6,000 rare books, from manuscripts to incunabula (early printed books from 1450 to 1501) to modern printed works; contemporary art books and graphic works made by Puerto Rican artists; and a reference library on the history of printing. 

La Casa del Libro Book Museum & Special Library seeks a NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant to work towards the redesign of its HVAC systems and collection storage facilities which were compromised by the 2017 hurricanes to provide a secure space for the collection in its historic building using sustainable practices that will allow the museum to operate at its full capacity, improve collection care, increase energy efficiency and reduce exposure to failures that threaten or could damage the collection.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$36,441 (approved)
$36,441 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


PF-260713-18

Brick Store Museum (Kennebunk, ME 04043-0177)
Cynthia Walker (Project Director: November 2017 to present)
Planning the Improvement of Environmental Conditions for the Brick Store Museum Collection

The development of a plan to improve environmental conditions in the Brick Store Museum’s Kimball House, which houses a significant collection of textiles and historic objects related to the history of shipbuilding and tourism in Maine.

The requested Planning Grant will be used to improve environmental conditions in the Kimball House, which is used as a storage facility and program center.  The proposed planning project will investigate three main areas:  improving the envelope of the building, installing an HVAC system, and increasing the museum's storage capacity.   This planning project will support bringing together a team that includes staff, trustees, preservation specialists, architects and engineers who will analyze the characteristics of the building and its envelope, survey the existing mechanical and electrical systems, and evaluate the storage conditions.  The outcome of this investigation will be sustainable preservation strategies that can be applied to vastly improve the environmental conditions inside the building and thereby preserve the collection housed there for future generations. The end result will be an executable plan and schedule that will guide future steps.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Arts, General; Cultural History; History, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$29,240 (approved)
$29,240 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 11/30/2019


PF-260728-18

Grand Rapids Public Museum (Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5371)
Tim Priest (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Grand Rapids Public Museum Improved Museum Archival Preservation and Access Planning Grant

A planning project to improve preservation conditions for the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Community Archives and Research Center, a storage facility for its holdings of 250,000 artifacts and other sources on the history and culture of western Michigan, and to facilitate their increased use for research and teaching.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is planning the transformation of the Museum’s archival storage at the Community Archives and Research Center (CARC) for 21st -century artifact preservation and access. With the support of the NEH, the GRPM will complete a range of planning activities with assistance from Museum archival staff, community stakeholders, and conservators. Planning activities will include bulk inventory of the Collections, analysis of existing storage and preservation issues, research into 21st-century storage methods, redesign of the CARC layout, implementation of the redesign, and a plan for implementation. The project will facilitate increased utilization of the Collections within the CARC, allow for proper storage of artifacts taking their classification into account, preserve space, and update storage methods to better preserve the Collections.

[White paper]

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


PF-260729-18

Western Kentucky University Research Foundation (Bowling Green, KY 42101-1016)
Sandra L. Staebell (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
WKU Kentucky Museum/Library Special Collections Sustainable Environment Planning Project

A planning project to develop a Preservation Environment Improvement plan for the university’s museum and library special collections, which include 30,000 artifacts, 75,000 books and periodicals, photographs, and audiovisual materials documenting the history and culture of Kentucky and the surrounding region.  The collections’ strengths include historic quilts, folk and decorative arts, toys, political memorabilia, as well as materials chronicling Kentucky Shakers, the Civil War, and World War II.

The Kentucky Museum and Library Special Collections, Western Kentucky University, seek $50,000 to determine best practices for achieving an acceptable preservation environment in the Kentucky Building.  Step one in developing a master preservation plan for the Kentucky Building and Kentucky Museum off-site storage, this project is driven by the results of a 2016-17 NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions (PAG) funded study of the HVAC climate and current fiscal constraints.  The project will evaluate the operational capacity of the existing mechanical systems, review and revise programming priorities for collection storage spaces and exhibition galleries, identify and research macro and microclimate solutions, and produce a “Preservation Environment Improvement Plan” designed to outline the steps required to reach the agreed upon levels of conditioning.  The goal is finding sustainable solutions that enhance performance and improve the preservation environment.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Public History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 11/30/2020


PF-260730-18

State Historical Society of Iowa (Des Moines, IA 50319-1006)
Andrew Harrington (Project Director: December 2017 to August 2019)
State Historical Museum of Iowa Exhibit Gallery Lighting Project

A planning project to develop design and construction documents for a new lighting system to facilitate the preservation of objects pertaining to Iowa history and culture on display in the museum’s main exhibition gallery.

The State Historical Society of Iowa seeks a National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant of $50,000 in order to assemble an experienced interdisciplinary project team to develop a plan for new energy-efficient lighting for the 45,000 square feet of museum gallery space in the State Historical Museum of Iowa. The goal will be to develop a sustainable solution that balances the need for a more effective lighting design with cost and energy savings considerations along with preservation of artifacts and documents on exhibit. The final deliverables will include schematic design documents, design development documents and construction documents to be used for the implementation phase of the project.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, General; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 3/31/2019


PF-260745-18

Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Inc. (Winterthur, DE 19735-1819)
Joelle Wickens (Project Director: December 2017 to July 2019)
Joy Gardiner (Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Beth J. Parker Miller (Co Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Sustainable Plan for Accessible Storage: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

A grant to establish a long-term storage plan to increase accessibility and improve preventive care of the museum’s collection of over 90,000 American decorative and fine arts objects displayed in 175 room settings.

Winterthur requests a $50,000 planning grant to create a long-term plan to solve its current storage challenges. The plan and eventual storage solution must improve preventive care; be environmentally, financially, and socially sustainable; and increase accessibility to better serve guests, students, scholars, and staff for decades to come. The planning grant activity period marks a critical phase in the ten-year plan to implement accessible storage solutions for Winterthur’s preeminent collections of American decorative and fine arts objects, library materials, garden objects, and estate artifacts. Staff will work with a team of interdisciplinary consultants, students, and early-to-mid career professionals to produce two or three comprehensive storage solutions. Each solution will be evaluated to select the best plan to solve storage issues. Winterthur will produce research and lead conferences on developing accessible storage solutions that will be useful for smaller institutions.

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

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


PF-260753-18

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Alexis Peregoy (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Planning for the Sustainable Preservation of At-Risk Film in the Center for Creative Photography Archives

A planning grant to explore and identify sustainable cold storage solutions for the at-risk film-based materials at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP). The collection includes more than 6 million photographs and related materials.  Items to be housed in the planned cold storage vault include cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate negatives, transparencies, slides, and reel-to-reel film dating to the late 19th century.

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) seeks a planning grant from the NEH SCHC program to explore sustainable cold storage solutions for CCP’s at-risk film-based materials in the archives. The film-based materials in need of sustainable preservation include cellulose nitrate and acetate negatives, transparencies, slides, and reels dating back to the 19th century. An interdisciplinary team will work together to assess the CCP building and its facilities, determine current preservation challenges and potential solutions, and identify sustainable locations for cold storage. Deliverables will include preliminary designs and cost estimates for the implementation phase of the project. This project will ensure long-term access for scholarly study for generations to come. The loss of these valuable materials through deterioration would be negligent by professional standards and detrimental to the photographic community and researchers – ultimately rendering the collection incomplete.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


PF-260761-18

Proprietors Portsmouth Athenaeum (Portsmouth, NH 03801-4011)
Thomas Hardiman (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Planning Sustainable Environmental Improvements for Collections at the Portsmouth Athenaeum

A planning project to conduct comprehensive space reorganization and create a collections storage plan, as well as identify options for upgrading HVAC and fire safety systems.  The Portsmouth Athenaeum, located in three adjacent 1805 historic buildings, possesses an extensive collection documenting the history of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the Piscataqua River region. It includes 35,000 rare and historic books, 2,490 archive and manuscript collections, 22,000 historic photographs, and 570 artworks and artifacts related to maritime and regional history.

The proposed project advances the Portsmouth Athenaeum's ongoing efforts to develop a holistic, sustainable plan to better preserve our collections while maintaining the integrity of our historic buildings.  Funds will support development of a comprehensive space reorganization and collections storage plan, as well as preliminary HVAC selections and fire safety upgrades.  Potential for solar and/or geo-exchange technology will also be investigated.  The project team will include the Athenaeum Keeper, a collections conservator, a museum space planning consultant, and an environmental systems engineer.  Project activities will generate opportunities for further testing and modeling of plans as they are developed.  The proposed project will position the Athenaeum for the next stage in our comprehensive preservation initiative: detailed building envelope improvement plans, and detailed systems design planning and schematics to support final implementation.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$49,875 (approved)
$49,875 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 7/31/2020


PF-260768-18

University of Montana (Missoula, MT 59801-4494)
Donna E. McCrea (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Sustaining the University of Montana’s Archival Collections: A Planning Project

This planning proposal requests $20,671 to bring together an interdisciplinary team to review and evaluate current indoor climate conditions, heating and cooling equipment, and the building envelope of the University of Montana's Mansfield Library. The team will produce actionable recommendations for effective, sustainable and practical conservation measures to improve climate control and air filtration in storage areas holding the library’s archival and special collections materials.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$20,671 (approved)
$20,671 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 10/31/2019


PF-260771-18

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Teresa Kathleen Moreno (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Creating a Sustainable Environment for the Preservation of ASM’s Anthropological Photographs

An implementation project to create a secure and controlled, multi-climate suite for the Arizona State Museum’s anthropological photographic collection, which contains over 525,000 prints, negatives, and transparencies providing visual documentation of the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and technologies of the indigenous peoples of the American Southwest.

The Arizona State Museum requests $350,000 from the NEH SCHC Implementation Grant Program to assist with the implementation of a renovation plan to create a sustainable preservation environment for the storage of its preeminent anthropological photographic collection. The plan was made possible by funds from an NEH SCHC Planning Grant, and entails the renovation of an existing collection storage room to create a secure and controlled, multi-climate suite (cool, cold, and frozen) for the long-term preservation of ASM’s photographic collection in accordance with current conservation standards. The renovation will include upgraded mechanical, electrical, fire protection, security and compact shelving. Preservation conditions for the photographic media were determined in consultation with specialists from the Image Permanence Institute. A schematic design and cost analysis for the plan were developed in collaboration with UA Facilities Management, IPI, and GLHN Architects & Engineers.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2023


PF-260786-18

Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001)
Gregory N. Reish (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Improving Storage, Access, and Sustainability of American Vernacular Music Collections

A storage, shelving, and lighting renovation project for an archival collection documenting American vernacular music.

This project involves installation of custom-sized compact shelving and new lighting in the archival storage facility of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, one of the nation’s premier collections of research materials documenting the full breadth of American vernacular music. The collections comprise manuscripts, sound recordings, video recordings, sheet music, songbooks and other rare books, instructional materials, photographs, performance documents, serials, and other items. Robust recent growth of the collections has created challenges to sustainability and institutional resilience that will be ameliorated by these capital improvements. With a total cost of $408,189, the project will allow rare materials to be sustainably stored, better organized, and effectively guarded against fire and other perils while improving accessibility for staff and, by extension, the Center’s thousands of annual patrons.

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$205,000 (approved)
$205,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


PF-260790-18

Adirondack Historical Association (Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812-0099)
Doreen Alessi-Holmes (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Enhanced Environmental Conditions for Humanities Exhibitions

Replacement of outdated environmental control systems in the Adirondack Historical Association’s 1969 “Life in the Adirondacks” building, whose exhibitions and collections explore early settlements; extractive industries such as logging and mining; the birth of tourism based on nature and recreation; early environmental conservation movements; and the Native American experience from pre-contact through the 21st century. The project would install energy-efficient equipment including air handlers, chillers, a new boiler, particulate filtration, and an emergency generator.

The Adirondack Historical Association (DBA Adirondack Experience) requests $350,000 to replace the HVAC systems serving its 45,000 square foot Life in the Adirondacks (LITA) building. The existing systems are in danger of failure and are unable to maintain a consistent environment to fully protect the artifacts on display in the building. The new systems would allow the organization to present new and more dynamic humanities exhibitions, in addition to helping preserve the institution's unique collections for generations to come.

Project fields:
Cultural History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 12/31/2020


PF-260791-18

St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Manhattan (New York, NY 10022-4613)
Jared Robert Stahler (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Nevelson Chapel Environmental Systems Replacement

Installation of a dedicated environmental control system and LED lighting in Louis Nevelson’s 28-seat Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Saint Peter’s Church in New York City.

Saint Peter’s Church is undertaking a $2.1M conservation project of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd by Louise Nevelson (1899-1988). The sculptures are housed in Midtown Manhattan within “Citigroup Center”, a pioneering corporate/religious/public complex build in the 1970s. During her lifespan Nevelson was a cultural icon addressing complex dynamics of social change: feminism, mid-century urban abandonment and later revival, commercialization, and a search for meaning in a post-War age. Nevelson earned the National Medal of Arts in 1985. She was known as "the grande dame of contemporary sculpture" and "one of the most imaginative and original sculptors on the American scene." As today’s art historians reexamine the modern era’s lost greats, they continue to find her exemplary. Preventive conservation for this public installation requires localized equipment, and changes to lighting, safety, and security to meet conservation goals and enhance environmentally-sustainable practices.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Urban History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2020


PF-260799-18

Trustees of Amherst College (Amherst, MA 01002-2372)
Jane H. Wald (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Evergreens Environmental Improvements

Improvements to The Evergreens, a historic house museum, including the replacement and expansion of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, which would protect collections of art and historic objects that document the life and work of poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

The Emily Dickinson Museum (EDM) seeks funding for environmental improvements to The Evergreens, one of two Dickinson family homes housing the Museum’s internationally significant collections related to the renowned poet. Widely ranging temperature and relative humidity have placed collections at risk. The project goal is to make significant improvement to the collections environment while controlling future operating costs. An assessment of present building envelope conditions will lead to refined strategies for non-mechanical and mechanical systems improvements. Methods will include interior storm windows, air sealing, and additional insulation as appropriate and suitable to the building. Mechanical improvements will focus on replacing an aging residential heating and cooling system with a new HVAC system and extending ductwork to spaces that are not currently conditioned.

Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


PF-260810-18

Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI 48202-4008)
Barbara Heller (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Time-Based Media Climate-Controlled Storage Planning Grant

The DIA respectfully requests a $33,640 National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant to conduct a feasibility assessment of two possible areas to create a climate-controlled Time-Based Media (TBM) storage room to store, preserve and protect the physical legacy collections such as artworks that include video, film, slide, audio, computer technologies in various electronic formats, and audio-visual collection from the museum’s Research Library and Archives Collection that have sound and video recordings in analog and digital formats. Through this planning grant, the museum will explore and recommend sustainable approaches for the long-term care of its TBM Collections through the allocation of specific climate controlled environments to store and house its key legacy TBM artworks and non-art/archival collections.

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Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$33,640 (approved)
$33,640 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


PF-260946-18

American Institute of Physics (College Park, MD 20740-3841)
Melanie J. Mueller (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
AIP Niels Bohr Library & Archives–Preservation and Stewardship of the History of Physics

The renovation of underground storage space to provide improved preservation conditions and future growth space for the Niels Bohr Library and Archives, a repository of published and unpublished sources documenting the history of physics, astronomy, geophysics, and related physical sciences.

The AIP Niels Bohr Library & Archives requests an NEH implementation grant of $300,000 for the purpose of improving our capability for long-term stewardship of our collections. This proposal outlines our existing storage areas and related challenges, and our resulting plan for expanded storage for rare books and archival collections. We will retrofit an existing secure space with high density shelving and mechanical systems to create a new vault storage area for rare books and archival materials. NBL&A and AIP staff will partner with team of consultants (preservation environments, architecture, engineering, shelving, and other infrastructure needs) to create the most appropriate and sustainable preservation plan for the proposed vault. After the construction phase is complete, NBL&A and AIP staff will continue to work with dedicated professionals to monitor the environmental controls of the new vault space, to ensure optimal performance for preservation as well as energy efficiency.

Project fields:
History of Science

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


PF-249698-17

Historical Society of Delaware (Wilmington, DE 19801-3091)
Michele Anstine (Project Director: December 2015 to June 2018)
David W. Young (Project Director: June 2018 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

Totals (outright + matching):
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 4/30/2021


PF-255571-17

University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500)
Leslie McCartney (Project Director: November 2016 to present)
Developing a Master Audiovisual Storage Plan for Historical Materials at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

A planning project to develop practical solutions for the preservation of audiovisual holdings of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives (APRCA). The collection includes 11,300 oral history recordings and 15,000 film and video items documenting the history of the state of Alaska and the circumpolar North.

The project is to develop a 20 year Master Audiovisual Storage Plan aimed at alleviating overcrowded storage conditions for historical film, videotape, audiotape, digital recorded media and photographic materials. Consultants will make recommendations for shelving styles and layouts that will increase current storage capacity, work with curators/archivists to predict future space needs, identify two or three viable locations in the library where new climate-controlled vaults for audiovisual materials could most effectively and efficiently be constructed, and provide cost estimates. The team will aim for pragmatic long-term solutions that balance costs and environmental impacts with the need to provide high quality collections care.

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Project fields:
Cultural History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$49,474 (approved)
$49,474 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


PF-255660-17

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Philip Anthony (Project Director: December 2016 to February 2020)
Cody Firearms Museum: Sustainable Infrastructure Improvements

An implementation project to upgrade environmental controls and improve fire and security systems at the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association’s Cody Firearms Museum, which houses a collection of 7,000 firearms and more than 20,000 related objects chronicling the development of firearms from 1425 to the present.  The collection would be stored and then reinstalled after the museum undergoes a complete renovation.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West will improve collections care and infrastructure in the 45,000 square-foot Cody Firearms Museum (CFM). The CFM holds more than 7,000 firearms, the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world and the only firearms museum that has earned American Alliance of Museums accreditation. Planning is underway for a complete reinstallation of the CFM, which will interpret the story of firearms as a continuous narrative about people, ingenuity, and artistry. While the reinstallation process is underway, and CFM objects have been moved to safe temporary storage, engineers will connect CFM galleries to the Central Plant at the Center of the West, eliminating outdated boilers and providing clean, efficient atomizer humidification in the CFM. The project will also eliminate deficiencies in the fire and security systems of the CFM.

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

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals (outright + matching):
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


PF-255801-17

Providence Athenaeum (Providence, RI 02903-2709)
Matthew Burriesci (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Providence Athenaeum: Sustaining Collections

An interdisciplinary planning project to develop recommendations for improving the environmental conditions and physical safety of the Athenaeum’s collections of books and pamphlets, to include a thermal environment study and building-wide electrical mapping.

The Providence Athenaeum seeks to fund Stage One of a multi-phase, comprehensive assessment of our historic building's envelope and systems, especially as they relate to the preservation and conservation of our historic collections. Stage One will employ conservation experts, engineers, and electricians in close consultation with our experienced conservator and team leaders. We will conduct a thermal assessment of the building to inform improvements in the building envelope to enhance collection environments, further develop sustainable preventive conservation and practical climate control strategies, and map our antiquated and patchwork electrical system, fire detection and suppression system, and security system, in order to better assess known (but as yet unidentified) risks to our collection, and to improve the resilience of both our institution and our extensive collections.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


PF-255804-17

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)
Kris Kiesling (Project Director: December 2016 to November 2019)
Sustaining Rare Maps and Books at the University of Minnesota

The purchase and installation of shelving, fire suppression, and security equipment to protect the James Ford Bell Library, along with the university’s rare book collection, as part of the relocation of these holdings to the university’s special collections facility.

The Libraries of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities requests an Implementation Grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program. The grant, combined with campus funding, a large private gift, and additional fundraising, will enable the U of M to complete the transfer of its most valuable humanities collections to a sustainable, climate-controlled environment adjacent to updated spaces for research services and instruction. The total project cost is estimated at $1.8 million. Pre-design and schematic design phases have been completed, and the project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2018. The requested grant will support the purchase and installation of customized shelving to store maps and rare books in the underground caverns of the Elmer L. Andersen Library, a component of a larger project.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2018


PF-255805-17

Chicago Historical Society (Chicago, IL 60614-6038)
M. Alison Eisendrath (Project Director: December 2016 to October 2018)
Russell L. Lewis (Project Director: October 2018 to May 2019)
John Russick (Project Director: May 2019 to present)
Assessing the Preservation Quality of Collections Storage, Display, and Work Spaces at the Chicago History Museum

The analysis of collection spaces, mechanical controls and environmental conditions at Chicago Historical Society’s Clark Street facility, which houses diverse collections of artifacts, archival material, textiles, and decorative arts that reflect nearly 300 years of Chicago and Illinois history. 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 mechanical and non-mechanical climate control systems. 

The Chicago Historical Society/Chicago History Museum (CHM) requests a $50,000 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant to: 1) Assess the preservation quality of collections storage, display, and work spaces at the Museum’s Clark Street facility; 2) Analyze the Museum’s existing HVAC systems; 3) Identify and begin to implement achievable strategies for optimizing the performance of existing mechanical systems to advance the Museum’s preservation and sustainability goals; and 4) Identify longer-term strategic priorities for HVAC upgrades and/or replacement to improve system efficiency and effectiveness and create a sustainable preservation environment for the Museum’s collection holdings. $40,000 of the requested funding will be used to engage consultants from the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) to support planning activities; the remaining $10,000 will be used to implement recommendations coming out of the planning process.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


PF-255820-17

Amon Carter Museum of Western Art (Fort Worth, TX 76113-2365)
John B. Rohrbach (Project Director: December 2016 to August 2019)
Furnishing Sustainable Photography Storage

Improved storage for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s photography collection, to include the expansion by 50 percent of the existing photography vault; the upgrading of HVAC systems controlling the vault climates; and the reorganization of existing storage into a more efficient layout, supplemented by the purchase and installation of new storage furniture as needed to allow for projected collection growth. 

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art (ACMAA) is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and displaying the finest examples of American art, and to serving an educational role through exhibitions, publications, and programs devoted to the study of American art. Sustainable preservation of its collections is both a mission-critical activity and a priority of the institution’s strategic plan. With this project the museum intends to expand its existing photography storage vaults, replace and update the vaults’ mechanical components, and bring increased efficiency to the storage layout.

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Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018


PF-255826-17

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)
Whitney Baker (Project Director: December 2016 to October 2019)
Improving the Physical Environment in Spencer Research Library

A planning grant to study significant environmental factors—in particular, an outdated heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system—that pose a threat to the applicant’s rare book, manuscript, and archival collections.

The University of Kansas Libraries requests funds to develop a plan to closely monitor Spencer Library's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that poses a threat to long-term preservation of its rare book, manuscript, and archival collections, plus additional funds to implement findings resulting from the testing process. University of Kansas Libraries hopes to enlist the consulting services of Image Permanence Institute to develop a sustainability plan for optimizing the current air handling unit and heating-air conditioning system in Spencer Library. IPI consultants will make three site visits to set up, collect, and analyze data from Spencer's air handling unit and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. The Institute will provide ongoing investigations of mechanical system settings and operations over 18 months, develop suggestions and priorities for optimizing the existing system and improving the preservation quality of Spencer Library's spaces.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 3/31/2019


PF-255836-17

Historical Society of Seattle and King County (Seattle, WA 98109-4330)
Jason Young (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
A Sustainable Preservation Environment at the MOHAI Resource Center

A combination of passive and mechanical measures to improve the storage environment for artifacts and archival materials documenting the history and culture of Seattle from the early 1800s to the present day.

The Historical Society of Seattle & King County, also known as the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), requests $350,000 in support of the implementation of a sustainable preservation environment at the MOHAI Resource Center. Currently, fluctuating and sustained high and low relative humidity poses a long-term risk to the collection, and HVAC units are not properly functioning, resulting in unnecessary energy consumption. A successful planning phase supported by NEH identified the solution put forth in this application: constructing a wall to create two spaces within the library, allowing for more targeted conditions with less energy; replacing a malfunctioning HVAC unit with three, properly sized units; installing a Building Management System to allow better control of HVAC units; and installing fans within textile storage to combat stratification. When completed, consultants project MOHAI will maintain target preservation requirements while reducing electric consumption by more than 20% and will reduce natural gas consumption by 35%.

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

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals (outright + matching):
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


PF-255840-17

Hampton University (Hampton, VA 23668-0001)
Valinda S. Carroll (Project Director: December 2016 to September 2017)
Tina Darlene Rollins (Project Director: September 2017 to present)
Wade in the Water: Preservation Environment Plan for the Peabody Collection at the Harvey Library at Hampton University

A planning project to assess storage facilities and develop a long-term plan to preserve the Peabody Collection of Harvey Library, one of the oldest aggregations in the U.S. of research materials supporting the study of African American history.

The William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library at Hampton University seeks support for “Wade in the Water: Preservation Environment Plan for the Peabody Collection at the Harvey Library at Hampton University.” The Library proposes a planning project to enhance the long-term preservation of its most valuable collection. A team of consultants will help the Hampton University team refine its strategy for taking corrective action. The PEP project will include site visits, meetings, and conference calls between the consultants and local stakeholders. The consultants will help the library to narrow down the strategic options and to select a realistic and achievable strategy and future improvements for preservation of the collection.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$39,955 (approved)
$39,955 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


PF-255845-17

University of Montana (Missoula, MT 59801-4494)
Kelly J. Dixon (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Sustainable Care for the University of Montana’s Anthropological Museum Collections

An implementation project to upgrade environmental controls and rehouse artifacts in the University of Montana’s Anthropological Curation Facility (UMACF), which holds an extensive collection of ethnographic materials on the American West. The project would be undertaken in partnership with tribal representatives, who would collaborate on community-based policies for preventive conservation, storage, and handling strategies.

The University of Montana Anthropological Curation Facility (UMACF) is respectfully requesting a National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Implementation Grant to: 1) upgrade the environmental controls, conservation upgrades, and security in the UMACF’s repository in ways that reduce the UMACF’s reliance on mechanical systems while still maintaining ideal climate control and security for the collections; and 2) to support travel costs for collaborative ventures with Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs) and Tribal Culture Committees to rehouse approximately 675 cultural (i.e. ethnographic) objects representing Rocky Mountain Front and Great Plains heritage. These objects represent the region’s great accomplishments from the past.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$111,377 (approved)
$111,377 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2021


PF-255847-17

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001)
Lea Stevens McChesney (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Developing a Comprehensive Collections Preservation Master Plan at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

The development of a collections preservation master plan to re-organize and upgrade current conditions for collections stored across multiple environments, and that include archaeological, ethnographic, and osteological materials, as well as archives documenting cultures of the American Southwest.

With the development of a Comprehensive Collections Preservation Master Plan, the Maxwell Museum will identify long-term, sustainable preservation practices to reorganize and upgrade its 24 different collection spaces into micro-climates that will help control for the various material types present in the collections. In particular, team efforts will focus on developing sustainable means to address humidity fluctuations in storage areas through identifying next steps to be implemented.

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Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$47,315 (approved)
$47,315 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019


PF-255848-17

Wayne State University (Detroit, MI 48201-1347)
Erik Charles Nordberg (Project Director: December 2016 to April 2019)
Mary Wallace (Project Director: April 2019 to present)
Mechanical System Analysis and Collection Needs Assessment

A planning project to assess environmental conditions and preservation needs for the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, and to develop recommendations for sustainable improvements to environmental controls for the collections.

The Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, seeks an award of $50,000 in the “planning grant” category of the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program of the Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). The award will match institutional funding to assess persistent environmental control and collections preservation problems in the Reuther Library’s original 1975 building and its 1991 addition. Current conditions present serious concerns for the long-term conservation of its significant and unique humanities collections.

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Project fields:
Social Sciences, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


PF-255854-17

Everson Museum of Art of Syracuse and Onondaga County (Syracuse, NY 13202-3091)
D. J. Hellerman (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Environmental Management Improvements Plan for the Everson Museum of Art

A planning grant to assess and update the environmental monitoring program for collections of American art held in a historic I.M. Pei building (1968) and to develop an Environmental Management Improvements Plan for the preservation of the museum’s collections.

In conjunction with a planned exhibition and international symposium in 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1968 building that is the Everson Museum of Art, the Museum respectfully requests a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of a planning project to (i) update the Museum’s current environmental monitoring program, including monitoring of selected intra-wall conditions to determine if interior humidification in winter might be contributing to deterioration of the concrete exterior, and (ii) create a comprehensive long-term preservation strategy based on the collected data. The Environmental Management Improvements Plan (the Plan) will incorporate sustainable preventive conservation strategies for the preservation of the Museum’s collections, for reducing energy costs, and for avoiding damage to the unique and architecturally-significant concrete exterior walls of Pei’s landmark structure.

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Project fields:
Architecture; Arts, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2019


PF-255856-17

Mariners' Museum (Newport News, VA 23606-3759)
William N. Hoffman (Project Director: December 2016 to June 2019)
Preventative Conservation Initiative for the Long-Term Storage of Conserved Objects from the USS Monitor Collection

No project description available

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Arts, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$24,861 (approved)
$24,861 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2017 – 10/31/2018


PF-255862-17

Colorado Museum of Natural History (Denver, CO 80205-5732)
Melissa Bechhoefer (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Sustainable Preservation of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Archaeology Collection

 A project to rehouse an archaeology collection that focuses on North America. The 72,000 archaeological objects would be moved into the newly constructed LEED-certified Avenir Collections Center and placed on custom-created storage mounts and in new cabinetry.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) requests a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant for a three-year project to sustainably preserve its internationally significant Archaeology Collection into the Museum’s state-of-the-art Avenir Collections Center. Grant funds will support collections assistants who will move and rehouse this collection. Cost share will include DMNS-contributed time (from staff, interns, and volunteers), preservation supplies, and indirect, as well as museum storage equipment from a third party. The project will improve accessibility of the Archaeology Collection for scholars, source communities, students, and the general public, and will promote continued humanities research and cultural partnerships. Dissemination of project results and information about the design and construction of the Avenir Collections Center will provide an important resource to other humanities museums looking to sustainably preserve their collections.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2021


PF-255866-17

Philbrook Museum of Art, Inc. (Tulsa, OK 74114-4104)
Rachel Keith (Project Director: December 2016 to November 2019)
To Plan the Renovation of the Philbrook Museum of Art HVAC System

A planning project to address significant environmental factors—in particular, an aging heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system—that pose a threat to the Philbrook Museum’s comprehensive fine art collection. The proposed project seeks to incorporate sustainable practices into future plans for environmental controls and to identify ways to balance the needs of the 1927 museum building with the preservation requirements of the 14,000 objects stored and exhibited in the historic structure.

The Philbrook Museum of Art HVAC system is in great need of a total overhaul. Major concerns include: 1) The two boilers we have are over 25 years old, are inefficient, and have outlived their useful life. 2) The eight air handlers we have are also all over 25 years old and have likewise outlived their useful life. 3) The software related to our control panel is in need of upgrades. In visiting with Philbrook leadership in both the Curatorial and Facility Departments, they feel that this is the single largest barrier to Philbrook’s ability to ensure the long-term stability of the collection as an organization over the next 20 years. Furthermore, as environmental standards in the field have changed especially over the past ten years, reexamining the needs of the collection vis-à-vis sustainable approaches to preventative conservation is a top institutional priority.

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Project fields:
Architecture; Arts, Other; Cultural History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2018