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PE-268729-20

Northeast Document Conservation Center, Inc. (Andover, MA 01810-1438)
Ann Marie Willer (Project Director: May 2019 to present)
Meeting the Preservation Needs of Humanities Collections by Transforming Services

A preservation field service program that provides assessments, workshops and seminars (in-person and online), technical consultations, and disaster assistance to libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage repositories, predominantly in the Northeast.

With a respected history as a preservation and conservation resource for organizations of all sizes, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) effectively increases the knowledge and skills of collections care professionals—at all levels—in the long-term care and stewardship of paper-based and photographic collections, audiovisual materials, and digital objects. Through workshops, webinars, in-person conferences, reference services, disaster assistance, print and online resources, assessments, and consultations, NEDCC helps institutions better understand and address their preservation challenges so that their vital humanities collections remain accessible into the future. NEDCC’s basic field services programs remain the staple of our work and will continue unabated. As our clients’ needs change, NEDCC expands its expertise and services. With this grant, we propose to continue to transform our services with both the design of new services and the improvement of existing ones.

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

Program:
Preservation Education and Training

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$349,805 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2020 – 2/28/2022


PG-266688-19

Pikes Peak Library District Foundation (Colorado Springs, CO 80903-1694)
Tim Morris (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Pikes Peak Library District - Special Collections General Preservation Assessment

A comprehensive preservation assessment of the library’s special collections to establish baseline measurements for environmental monitoring and collections assessment, as well as to develop security and disaster plans. The Pikes Peak Library special collections, comprising over 50,000 cataloged titles and a substantial backlog of uncatalogued material, document the history of Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Highlights include oral histories collected after the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire as well as mineral maps and bank records from the nineteenth-century mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado, where the “unsinkable” Molly Brown made her fortune. The completed assessment would guide prioritization of future workflow and growth for the library’s special collections.

Pikes Peak Library District, a 14 branch library system serving El Paso County, Colorado, will conduct a general preservation assessment of the institution’s Special Collections. A 1905 Carnegie library, restored in 2001, houses the collection. The comprehensive collection documents the history of Colorado Springs and the surrounding region, from the exploration era to the recent massive population and economic growth. An independent consultant, Northeast Document Conservation Center, will administer an assessment to establish a realistic baseline for stewarding and protecting our significant community assets. The assessment will include evaluation of the building and environment, fire protection and emergency preparedness, preservation related policies and procedures, and general care for paper, photography, and digital collections. After completion, the recommendations will inform and guide organizational decisions on prioritizing staffing, projects, and capital purchases.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$8,045 (approved)
$8,045 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2020 – 6/30/2020


PG-266704-19

Oakland University (Rochester, MI 48309-4402)
Dominique Renee Daniel (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Improving the storage environment of Oakland University Archives and Special Collections

The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and other supplies to improve storage conditions for Oakland University’s archives and special collections.  Holdings include the Hicks Collection of Women’s Writings, a collection of epistles, poetry, memoirs, cookbooks, conduct manuals, and pro-feminist pamphlets spanning the seventeenth through twentieth centuries; the William Springer Collection, which contains over 1,000 books, nearly 1,000 pamphlets, historical newspapers, ephemera, photographs, and memorabilia relating to Abraham Lincoln’s life, assassination, and representation in American culture; and local records of Oakland County, Michigan from 1827 to 1931.

To ensure the long-term preservation of university archives and special collections, this grant will support an environmental monitoring program for collections storage areas and the purchase of supplies to rehouse fragile books and pamphlets. These projects are derived from a preservation assessment conducted by a Northeast Document Conservation Center preservation specialist in 2018. The grant will purchase dataloggers to record temperatures and relative humidity, and a consultant’s visit to train staff how to install and use the equipment, and how to interpret its data. The grant will also fund custom enclosures for rare books and pamphlets. The consultant will host a rare book care workshop, open to library staff and the general public. A library science graduate student from Wayne State University will shadow the consultant.

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Project fields:
American Literature; British Literature; History, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$9,943 (approved)
$9,943 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


PG-266731-19

Columbus Lowndes Public Library (Columbus, MS 39701-4680)
Mona Vance-Ali (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Focusing the Camera's Lens: Assessing and Preserving Lowndes County, Mississippi's Photographic History

A preservation assessment of the library’s collection of more than 1,000 photographs, along with the purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse them. In addition, one staff member would participate in a series of professional development webinars. Collection highlights include nineteenth-century photographs documenting county history, photographs of World War I soldiers, and a rare photo of a World War II African American regiment. These materials are used by researchers from all over the world and have been featured in publications and exhibits, including permanent exhibits at the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

The Local History Department (LHD) at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System (CLPL) in Mississippi will utilize the Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions to complete three activities. First, the hiring of professional photograph conservators to examine the photograph collections housed in the LHD. The conservators will evaluate their physical and environmental conditions and write an assessment giving recommendations for their preservation. Secondly, the LHD will purchase supplies such as archival envelopes, paper, and boxes as suggested by the conservators. Finally, the LHD will pursue continuing education training for the archivist through online webinars available from the Northeast Document Conservation Center. These activities will result in the LHD's ability to be better stewards of the community's history, the stabilization of and greater access to a wider number of photographs housed at the LHD, and staff training that will be put toward future donations.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 4/30/2021


PG-266766-19

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT 06105-3243)
Beth Burgess (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Updating Manuscript Collections Housing

The purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse manuscripts associated with Harriet Beecher Stowe, contained in 49 collections (316 linear feet) with substantial correspondence from Stowe and fellow nineteenth-century American authors Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman; abolitionists John Greenleaf Whittier and Thomas W. Higginson; women’s rights activists Isabella Beecher Hooker, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone; and actor and playwright William Gillette.  Of special note are the 560 letters and documents written by or to Harriet Beecher Stowe between 1822 and 1896, which are regularly used by scholars, teachers, and local history researchers.  As recommended by a previous assessment, the new preservation-quality folders and boxes would allow the staff of the historic site and research library to replace well-worn enclosures from the 1970s, many of which pose threats to the collection.

This request to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a $10,000 Preservation Assistance Grant is to support purchasing preservation housing supplies for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s (HBSC) Manuscript Collections as recommended by Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC).

Project fields:
African American History; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 4/30/2021


PG-266785-19

Eastham Historical Society (Eastham, MA 02642-0008)
Debra DeJonker-Berry (Project Director: February 2019 to present)
Preparing the Eastham Historical Society Archive's Collection for the 400th Anniversary of the First Encounter between the Nauset (Wampanoag) people and the Pilgrim settlers on December 8, 2020

The rehousing of historical records and the completion of a disaster plan for the Eastham Historical Society (EHS) Archive, as recommended in a 2013 preservation assessment performed by the Northeast Document Conservation Center, which would provide a consultant to assist in the project. Dating to the eighteenth century and totaling more than 100 linear feet, the holdings consist of manuscripts, maps, pamphlets, bound volumes (including rare books), deeds, wills, maritime ledgers, journals, an indenture document, Civil War uniforms, and photographic prints, as well as a small amount of audiovisual material. Although EHS is open fewer than 119 days a year, its unpaid archivists annually assist some 160 researchers ranging from genealogists (including descendants of the Mayflower voyage) to visitors to the EHS site on “Digital Commonwealth,” the Massachusetts digital library platform.

The Town of Eastham is one of the oldest communities in the country and is situated in the middle of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. This grant would support the rehousing of materials in the Eastham Historical Society's (EHS) Archive, the purchase of storage furniture, registration for a disaster planning webinar, and the purchase of disaster response supplies. The goal is to complete this work in preparation for the Town of Eastham's commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the First Encounter between the Nauset (Wampanoag) people and the Pilgrim settlers on December 8, 2020.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$9,841 (approved)
$9,841 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 9/30/2020


PG-263484-19

Sheldon Art and Archaeological Society Inc. (Middlebury, VT 05753-1101)
Eva Garcelon-Hart (Project Director: April 2018 to present)
Digital Preservation Assessment for the Henry Sheldon Museum Stewart-Swift Research Center

A preservation assessment of a digital collection consisting of approximately 8,500 items focused on the history of Vermont’s Addison County.  Most are photographs and negatives dating from the 1860s to 1930s. Also included are digitized maps, posters, watercolor drawings and other artworks, as well as a variety of unpublished manuscripts. The collection provides portraits of historic schools, farms and marble quarries, as well as some notable, as well as ordinary, residents of central Vermont. Featured also are architectural and urban landscape views scanned for the museum’s publication, Walking History of Middlebury.

The digital collections held by the Stewart-Swift Research Center of the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History represent years of accumulated digital assets of primary source materials documenting the history of Addison County, and broader Vermont, New England, and the nation. Through this grant, the Museum seeks consultation with a Northeast Document Conservation Center Preservation Specialist to perform an assessment of the Center’s digital assets that will result in a written report of recommendations and priorities. The ultimate goal of this grant will be a digital collections short- and long-term preservation plan that will include appropriate procedures, workflows, and storage plans to ensure longevity and stability of digital assets. This plan will be incorporated into the overall Museum’s Long Range and Strategic Plans.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,860 (approved)
$5,860 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2019 – 1/31/2020


PG-263487-19

Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA 01566-1138)
Caitlin Emery Avenia (Project Director: April 2018 to present)
Environmental Management and Emergency Preparedness Training

Engaging preventive care specialists from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to assess climate control capabilities and provide recommendations on emergency preparedness. The collection, which documents everyday life in rural New England before the Civil War, holds approximately 50,000 items related to daily life, from clothing to furniture, household items, and agricultural tools. The research library has more than 35,000 volumes and 1,000 linear feet of manuscript material such as periodicals and the records of families, businesses, towns, and counties.

The Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection and Research Library represent one of the single largest holding of materials documenting everyday life in rural New England prior to the Civil War. The Village’s significant collections illuminate the rich history of the fashion, ideas, technologies, and everyday lives of rural New Englanders. The scope of this project is to address collections stewardship practices within the Collections Building, Research Library, and Archives, with respect to the proper environmental standards, emergency preparedness, and mold mitigation. The primary goal of this grant is to utilize the expert knowledge preventative care specialists at the Northeast Document Conservation Center to assess our climate control capabilities, and provide recommendations to better manage the particular risks associated with our collection environments and review our emergency preparedness policies and practices, including providing mold identification and remediation training.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 7/31/2019


PG-263598-19

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT 06105-3243)
Elizabeth Giard Burgess (Project Director: May 2018 to present)
Photograph Collections Rehousing

Purchasing preservation housing and storage supplies for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s Photograph Collection, as recommended by Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) conservators. The collection holds 12,000 items dating from 1840 to the present, with 4,500 images documenting the life of Stowe, writer of the influential abolitionist novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and her extended family. Other holdings include fifty photographs of Uncle Tom’s Cabin stage and screen dramatizations that capture racial, stereotypical imagery in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as 4,900 photographs and negatives from the 1970s that document historic buildings during Hartford’s urban renewal. The contents are widely used for scholarly and educational study.

This request to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant is to support purchasing preservation housing and storage supplies for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s (HBSC) Photograph Collection as recommended by Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) conservators Mary Todd Glaser, Deborah Wender, Monique C. Fischer in an assessment of the Library Collection.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019


PG-258335-18

University of Massachusetts, Boston (Boston, MA 02125-3300)
Patricia Bruttomesso (Project Director: May 2017 to present)
Collection Assessment and Training for the University Archives and Special Collections

A preservation assessment of the materials held by the University Archives and Special Collections, which cover topics of local and national importance, including school desegregation in Boston during the 1970s (Judge W. Arthur Garrity Jr.’s chambers papers on the Boston Schools Desegregation Case, 1972-97) and the history of private social welfare and charitable organizations (orphanages and settlement houses) in 19th- and early and mid-20th-century Boston. Accessed by social and family historians, as well as by students in archival instruction workshops, the collections offer researchers a view into the administration of these social welfare organizations (through annual reports, meeting minutes, and correspondence), as well as a glimpse into the lives of the women and children in their care.

The University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) at University of Massachusetts Boston requests a Preservation Assistance Grant in the amount of $6,367. This grant will allow UASC to contract with the New England Document Conservation Center to accomplish two goals in January 2018-March 2019: Conduct a general preservation assessment, with the assistance of a UMass Boston Archives or Public History graduate student; and host a photograph preservation training workshop, open to the public. UASC will use the assessment, resultant recommendations, and knowledge gained in the workshop to develop a 5-year preservation plan to ensure continued access to the unique collections that document the history of UMass Boston, support its urban mission, and allow the UASC to serve as a research destination for topics such as social welfare, Boston school desegregation, the Boston Harbor Islands, and other multidisciplinary research areas with rich applicability for research in the humanities.

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Project fields:
Urban History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,367 (approved)
$6,367 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019


PG-258343-18

Knoxville Jewish Alliance, Inc. (Knoxville, TN 37919-5943)
Nicki Russler (Project Director: May 2017 to present)
The Knoxville Jewish Archives Preservation Assessment Project

A preservation assessment, including emergency preparedness guidance, for the Barbara Winick Bernstein Archives of the Jewish Community of East Tennessee, comprising 138 linear ft. of archives and manuscripts pertaining to the history and culture of Jewish immigration to the region. Established in the early 1980s, the archives includes organizational records, synagogue newsletters, photographs,  sound recordings, scrapbooks, and other materials, some dating to the Civil War era and the advent of Jewish settlement in eastern Tennessee, as well as western counties of Virginia and North Carolina. Among the sources are minute books for Knoxville-area synagogues and other Jewish institutions that no longer exist, along with documentation on the Jewish community in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a Manhattan Project site during World War II.  The assessment would be conducted by a preservation professional, joined by a graduate student in public history and historic preservation.

The Barbara Winick Bernstein Archives of the Jewish Community of East Tennessee requests support to engage a preservation specialist to develop a general preservation assessment. This assessment will provide critical first steps needed to define a strategic plan, to be developed outside of this grant, to enable our organization’s unique holdings to have the greatest long-term impact for increasing awareness of the immigration, historical significance, contributions, and cultural heritage of the southern Jews in our tri-state area which includes Kentucky and Virginia. We propose a four-month grant for the Northeast Document Conservation Center to fund a site visit and disaster preparedness assessment in addition to a preservation assessment of our holdings. Results of this grant will inform a viable strategic plan that ultimately will facilitate the sustainability as well as the increased use of the Archives’ rare, exceptional, and irreplaceable cultural heritage materials.

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Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,502 (approved)
$6,502 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019


PG-258370-18

South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD 57007-0001)
Michelle Christian (Project Director: May 2017 to present)
SDSU Archives and Special Collections Preservation Assessment

A preservation assessment for the university’s Archives and Special Collections unit, comprising 7,000 linear feet of manuscripts, records, publications, photographs, audiovisual materials, and artifacts chiefly documenting the history and culture of South Dakota. The collection holds primary sources pertaining to the state’s agriculture industry, South Dakota politicians and political affairs, and the state’s literary heritage. Highlights include the records of the South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Farmers Union, papers of Ben Reifel, the first Lakota member of the U.S. House of Representatives, papers of Congressman and Senator Thomas A. Daschle, and the writings of notable authors and poets Kathleen Norris, Audrae Visser, and David A. Evans, the latter two being former state poets laureate.

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is part of the Hilton M. Briggs Library on the SDSU campus. The collections in the ASC preserve not only the history of SDSU, but also the history and culture of South Dakota, development of agriculture and rural life, and American Indian life and culture. With this grant, the ASC will hire a consultant to provide a preservation needs assessment of the environmental conditions in which the collections are housed. The assessment will produce a detailed report providing guidance to improve these conditions, which when applied will increase the longevity of the collections.

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Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019


PY-253094-17

Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, MA 02138-5517)
Bree Harvey (Project Director: May 2016 to August 2019)
Mount Auburn Cemetery: Preserving Community Memories

Two digitization days for photographs, documents, artifacts, and ephemera related to the 100,000 people buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, and preservation workshops for participants. Notable figures buried there include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Buckminster Fuller, and Isabella Stewart Gardner.  The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery would contact those on file for family lots and graves, as well as partner with community organizations to publicize the events, which will also include workshops on preservation, digitization, and preserving digital collections.  Materials digitized would enhance a mobile app currently under development, which uses GPS coordinates to document the graves and monuments and which includes biographical and historical information about those buried at the cemetery.

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery (FOMAC) seeks a Common Heritage grant to host two digitization days which will aid in the discovery and digitization of a range of archival cultural heritage materials held by the public that help to tell the story of Mount Auburn Cemetery and the 100,000 people buried and commemorated here. Consultants from the Northeast Document Conservation Center will hold two separate but programmatically identical "digitization days", one each in Cambridge and Watertown, Massachusetts, organize digitization, and create metadata. Digitized materials will be provided free of charge to the public who bring in their documents and artifacts and, with permission, will be used as interpretive and educational content for Mount Auburn's new free Mobile App as well as shared on the Digital Commonwealth. FOMAC will also hold a series of public programs to highlight the importance of preservation and provide additional context for the digitization process.

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

Program:
Common Heritage

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


PG-252786-17

Eastham Historical Society (Eastham, MA 02642-0008)
Debra DeJonker-Berry (Project Director: May 2016 to June 2019)
Eastham Cultural Resource Institutions: Collaborating for Preservation in a Small, Close-knit Community

Conservation workshops on paper and photographic preservation, digital preservation, and exhibition handling, each accommodating 20 participants from the three Eastham, Massachusetts, institutions which hold historical materials related to the town and Cape Cod: the Library, the Historical Society, and the Town Clerk. The Historical Society Archives contain more than 100 linear feet of manuscript material, bound volumes, and photographic prints, as well as a small amount of audiovisual and digital material. The Library’s special collections hold nearly 1,000 circulating and non-circulating published historical volumes and town and local records, as well as a small amount of original genealogical research. The Town Clerk holds numerous files related to town history. Notable items at the three institutions are 18th-century land deeds; 19th-century maritime ledgers, a light keeper’s log; early town maps; and Eastham’s 1770s indenture document, signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, with its original wax seal. The workshops are based on recommendations from a 2013 preservation needs assessment.

Those responsible for preservation of cultural institutions in Eastham, a small, historic town on Cape Cod, meet regularly to share information and work together on preservation, disaster planning and digitization. The group addresses areas that staff and volunteers feel they need training for and highlight resources to protect and make their collections more accessible. Over the last two years, several of the larger institutions (library, historical society, town clerk) have worked to begin digitizing their collections, attended an all day Disaster Planning workshop, and offered a workshop called "Broken Windows and Leaky Pipes" to those responsible for smaller collections.  This grant application will bring staff from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to Eastham for three full-day workshops on conservation techniques to further the group's collaborative goals to protect, digitize and display their collections and to offer training to other smaller cultural institutions.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,573 (approved)
$5,573 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2016 – 6/30/2018


PG-252856-17

Loretto Literary and Benevolent Institution (Nerinx, KY 40049-9998)
Eleanor Elizabeth Craig (Project Director: May 2016 to June 2019)
General Preservation Assessment of the Archival Collections of the Sisters of Loretto

A preservation assessment for the Loretto Heritage Center’s archives and a training workshop on collections care for local cultural heritage institutions. The archives represent over 200 years of educational, social, and spiritual efforts of the Sisters of Loretto, a Catholic congregation founded in 1812. The collection consists of about 900 linear feet of paper documents, 300 books, over 3,000 artifacts and art works, photographs, and audiovisual media. Archival records include administrative documents, materials on slavery, and documents chronicling the history of the school maintained by the order.

The Sisters of Loretto Heritage Center preserves, displays and makes accessible to the public the documents, audio-visual media and artifacts that document 200 years of Loretto education in the US and abroad. The Heritage Center will contract with the Northeast Document Conservation Center for a preservation assessment of its archival collections, followed by a training workshop on preservation for Loretto and four other archives. The half-day site visit will yield a written report of observations and recommendations, identifying short-, mid-, and long-term preservation priorities for Loretto, along with guidance on implementing a long-range preservation plan. The 3-hour training workshop will focus on handling and storage for collections, particularly fragile bound volumes, collection management and processing standards, and disaster preparedness. This assessment begins a long-range preservation program which will allow responsible programming for greater public access.

Project fields:
Religion, Other; U.S. Regional Studies; Women's History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,150 (approved)
$5,150 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018


PG-233702-16

Trustees of Davidson College (Davidson, NC 28035-7149)
Caitlin Christian-Lamb (Project Director: May 2015 to September 2017)
Davidson College Archives and Special Collections Comprehensive Preservation Plans

Preservation assessments of the physical and digital collections related to Davidson College and the southeastern United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.  The organization’s digital collections include 58 born-digital films, 3,500 digitized photographs, 20 born-digital audio files, dozens of digitized manuscript letters, diaries, and college-related documents, and 8 digitized special collections.  Physical collections include 30,000 catalogued prints, 950 manuscript and archival collections, 700 objects, a 1,000-item audiovisual media collection, and 2,000 rare items.  Highlights include Under Lake Norman, a community crowdsourcing and curricular project chronicling the history and personal recollections of the creation of Lake Norman by flooding thousands of acres of farmland, an Arabic-language Bible owned by Omar Ibn Sayyid, an African Muslim slave living in 19th-century North Carolina, oral histories documenting the history of the region and town, and a collection of rare items related to Presbyterian Church history.  These materials are used widely in teaching and community outreach, including an active crowdsourced digitization project, and collaborative scholarship.  This would be the first preservation assessment for this institution.

The Davidson College Archives and Special Collections holdings include historic and rare items related to Davidson as well as North Carolina and the southeastern US in the 19th and 20th centuries. The collections exist in both physical and digital formats, and are used extensively for pedagogy, research and community outreach. Preservation efforts have been ad hoc, and comprehensive assessment is needed to ensure the continued utility of, and access to, these important humanities collections, especially as usage demands increase and born-digital objects resulting from the infusion of digital humanities in the curriculum expand. A consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center will be engaged to conduct concurrent physical and digital preservation assessments. Subsequently, a suite of short- and long-term plans and policies for preserving these diverse collections will be developed and implemented within the context of the institution-wide Academic Neighborhood initiative.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Public History; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017


PG-233845-16

Gerber Heart Library and Archives (Chicago, IL 60626-4097)
Lucas Alan McKeever (Project Director: May 2015 to January 2018)
Speaking Out: Preserving the LGBT History of the U.S. Midwest

A preservation assessment of the library and archives to provide recommendations for preservation priorities.  The collections encompass more than 925 cubic feet of archival material from over 150 sources, including works on paper, objects, photographs, as well as films and works of art that capture the legacy of LGBT communities in the Chicago metropolitan area and the wider region. These materials include collections from activists, writers, educators, politicians, and medical professionals documenting the culture and history of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people. At present, the collection is used by researchers, authors, students, and scholars for publications, teaching, and public programming, including exhibitions both in-house and with other institutions, such as the Chicago History Museum and the University of Chicago.

Historical narratives of the LGBT community in the United States predominately focus on the coasts, specifically New York City and San Francisco. Despite this focus, the first gay rights organization to receive a state charter in the United States was the Society for Human Rights founded in 1924 by Henry Gerber in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago and the greater U.S. Midwest has a vibrant LGBT community with a history worth documenting, preserving, and sharing for generations to come. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives was founded in 1981 and has since grown into the largest LGBT library and archives of the Midwest. Utilizing NEH funding, Gerber/Hart's collection will undergo its first general preservation assessment conducted by the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The resulting report will equip Gerber/Hart staff with the tools necessary to ensure this history remains accessible to researchers for generations to come.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Gender Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,860 (approved)
$5,860 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017


PG-52531-15

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

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

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

Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 11/30/2016


PG-51794-13

Emerson College (Boston, MA 02116-4624)
Christina J. Zamon (Project Director: May 2012 to February 2014)
Emerson College Archives Preservation Assesment

A preservation assessment of the historical and administrative records of Emerson College and the American Comedy Archives. The collection includes more than 2,000 linear feet of paper, film, and objects, as well as over 15,000 photographs, approximately 800 books, and over 5,000 audiovisual recordings including interviews with Phyllis Diller, Dick Gregory, Bob Newhart, and Dick Van Dyke. Holdings such as the Norman Lear Script Collection, the Bill Dana Collection, and materials on vaudeville document important developments in the history of American theater, television, film, radio, journalism, and broadcasting.

The Emerson College Archives in the Iwasaki Library contains the historical records of the 132-year-old College and special collections related to its focus on communication and the arts. These collections offer insight into Boston's and the nation's theater history; the history of television, radio, broadcasting, and film; and the history of Boston. They include the American Comedy Archives's primary source material documenting ground-breaking individuals who have written, produced or performed comedy for radio, television, motion pictures or live performance. The Emerson College Archives intends to have the Northeast Document Conservation Center conduct a Preservation Needs Assessment. The final report will identify potential hazards to the collection from the environment or from storage and handling procedures; recommend procedures for ensuring the long-term preservation of the collections; prioritize the needs of the collections; and identify the required preservation actions.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,035 (approved)
$5,035 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2013 – 7/31/2014


PG-51982-13

Bank Street College of Education (New York, NY 10025-1898)
Lindsey Wycoff (Project Director: May 2012 to September 2014)
Rehousing the Bank Street College Archives

The purchase of preservation supplies for a collection that documents administrative activities, teaching, research, and outreach programs of the Bank Street College of Education and its predecessor, the Bureau of Educational Experiments, from its founding in 1916 through the present. The College was an early leader in research on child development and teacher education. The archival collection includes approximately 650 linear feet of documents, photographs, artifacts, and audiovisual materials related to the history of progressive education in the United States, including the development of the Head Start program.

The funds from this grant will be used to purchase the preservation supplies required to fulfill recommendations made in a preservation needs assessment of the Bank Street College Archives. The assessment was funded by a NEH Preservation Assistance Grant and was performed in September 2011 by Angelina Altobellis of the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The Archives contains the historical and institutional records of the College and the evolution of progressive education in the US in the 20th century. Materials in the collection include official divisional administrative records, faculty and staff papers, audiovisual materials, photographs and artifacts. The archives encompass approximately 650 linear feet. The Bank Street College Archives are available for use by a range of researchers: local, national and international students, researchers, and authors.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,183 (approved)
$5,183 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


PG-51493-12

Osterville Historical Museum (Osterville, MA 02655-2427)
Cynthia Hall (Project Director: May 2011 to February 2013)
Jennifer Morgan Williams (Project Director: February 2013 to October 2013)
Preservation Assessment of Archival Collections

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

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

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,128 (approved)
$5,128 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013


PG-51651-12

Forbes Library (Northampton, MA 01060)
Julie H Bartlett (Project Director: May 2011 to June 2014)
Preservation Workshop to Preserve Museum Collections

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

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

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$2,249 (approved)
$1,791 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013


PG-51734-12

Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX 75965-3940)
Kyle Ainsworth (Project Director: May 2011 to November 2012)
Preservation Workshops on Disaster and Preservation Planning

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

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

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013


PG-51779-12

AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. (New York, NY 10017)
Carlos Porro (Project Director: May 2011 to April 2014)
Preservation Assessment and Storage Materials to Preserve Archival Collections

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

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

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013


PG-51371-11

Trustees of Amherst College (Amherst, MA 01002-2372)
Thomas Michael Kelly (Project Director: May 2010 to December 2012)
Preservation Training Workshops

Preservation workshops to train Frost Library staff to better care for the college's collections of rare books, literary manuscripts, artifacts, and natural history collections, including the papers of William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, for whom the library is named. The workshop would also be attended by staff from the Center for Russian Culture, the Mead Art Museum, and the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Archives & Special Collections (ASC) of the Frost Library of Amherst College seeks a $5,810 Preservation Assistance Grant from the NEH. Funding will pay for three preservation training workshops to be held at Amherst College. A previous NEH Preservation Assistance grant supported a collection survey by a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in February 2010. The consultant strongly recommended we invest in preservation training. Three specific training areas were identified: storage techniques for archival materials, care of photographs, and preservation of scrapbooks (see attached executive summary of the consultant’s report). As a small facility without any professional conservators on staff, the Frost Library of Amherst College lacks any in-house preservation expertise. There are currently seven employees in the department, only three of whom are professionals. Everyone in the Archives will benefit from this training.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,810 (approved)
$5,810 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2011 – 8/31/2012


PG-51405-11

Las Vegas Convention Center (Las Vegas, NV 89109-9096)
Brian P. Alvarez (Project Director: May 2010 to March 2013)
Conservation Assessment of the Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives

Hiring a consultant to assess the preservation needs of three million prints and negatives, 500 film reels, and 100 audiotapes in the Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives that document the history and culture of southern Nevada from 1947 to the present, including images of atomic testing and of the construction boom during this period.

The Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives which is part of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority(LVCVA)is estimated to be the largest and most comprehensive post World War II collection of Southern Nevada imagery in the world. The News Bureau archives is a dynamic collection comprised of catalogued and uncataloged film negatives, film reels, photographic prints, ephemeral materials and artifacts. The collection spans the period beginning in 1947 and continues through present day. The collection is estimated at over 3 million images. The NEH grant would support the hiring of a Photograph Conservator from the Northeast Document Conservation Center of Andover, Maryland to survey the Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives. This assessment will consist of a one day site visit and written report to assist in creating a preservation strategy for the archives. The survey will include recommendations for reformatting, housing, storage and conservation treatment.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2011 – 7/31/2012


PG-51104-11

Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center, VT 05061)
Susan Marie Currier (Project Director: May 2010 to July 2012)
Hartness Library Preservation Planning Survey

A preservation assessment of the archival records, photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, artwork, and memorabilia of Vermont Technical College and several related educational institutions in the surrounding community. Collectively, these materials at the Hartness Library provide information about the history of education in New England from the early 19th century to the present.

Hartness Library serving Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont is seeking funding in the form of a $5,164 grant for a NEDCC (Northeast Document Conservation Center) consultant to complete a General Preservation Planning Survey. This survey will assist us in identifying potential hazards to our collection, prioritize needs, and identify the steps necessary to ensure adequate preservation actions for long term development, protection and conservation of this collection.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,164 (approved)
$5,164 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 6/30/2012


PG-51149-11

Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester, MA 01609-2570)
Robyn Christensen (Project Director: May 2010 to January 2012)
Preservation Assessment of the Worcester Historical Museum's E.B. Luce Photograph Collection

Hiring a consultant to assess the preservation needs of 75,000 prints and negatives in the Luce collection, created between the 1880s and the 1930s, that document the development of Worcester as a manufacturing center and include street views depicting a now-vanished Worcester of retail stores, factories, trolleys, and trains. Basic rehousing supplies would also be purchased.

The grant would support a collection-level assessment of the recently acquired E.B. Luce Photograph Collection by Northeast Document Conservation Center senior photo conservator Monique Fischer. This is the first step in reaching the goal of making the collection accessible to the public. The E.B. Luce Photograph Collection spans a century and is comprised of approximately 75,000 negatives and prints. Most date from the 1880s to 1930s and were taken by long-time Worcester, Massachusetts photographer, Edwin Bradley Luce (1863-1938). Unknown photographers continued to take pictures for the E.B. Luce Company into the 1970s. This collection is a significant addition to the museum's already impressive photograph collection used frequently by researchers all over the world.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 6/30/2012


PG-51242-11

International Tennis Hall of Fame, Inc. (Newport, RI 02840-3515)
Douglas Andrew Stark (Project Director: May 2010 to November 2012)
Preservation Assessment of Historical Scrapbooks

A preservation assessment of 200 scrapbooks that document the history of tennis in the late 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the social history of the Newport Casino, a men's club that served as an early venue for tennis. Highlights of the collection include the personal scrapbooks of business titan Jay Gould, an avid court tennis player, as well as the scrapbooks of Helen Hull Jacobs and Alice Marble, which chronicle the development of women's tennis from the 1920s to the 1950s. Once a preservation plan is implemented, the scrapbooks would join the museum's other humanities collections made publicly available through exhibitions, public programs, and research services.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame seeks to hire a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to prepare a written report on the museum's scrapbook collection. The consultant's report will address an overview of the scrapbooks, how they are presently housed and maintained, suggested guidelines for the preservation of the scrapbooks, recommendations for protective enclosures, and three treatment proposals for those scrapbooks in immediate need of conservation. This report will assist in developing conservation and interpretive plans for the museums. Our facility interprets the history of tennis and its impact on our culture as well as the building which is representative of the Gilded Age in Newport, RI, and is a National Historic Landmark.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,150 (approved)
$5,150 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 6/30/2012


PG-51249-11

Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA 22601-5195)
Megan H. Williams (Project Director: May 2010 to October 2012)
Preservation Assessment of the Humanities Collection at the Alson H. Smith Library

Hiring a consultant to undertake a general preservation assessment of special collections at the Alson H. Smith Library. With a focus on music materials, the special collection holds some 37,000 items, including performance editions, hymnals, sheet music, and scores, as well as recordings in a variety of formats. A preservation assessment would provide recommendations and would assist the library in developing appropriate policies and procedures for the long-term care and use of the collection.

The Alson H. Smith Library at Shenandoah University is seeking funding through the NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions to hire a professional consultant from Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) to conduct a general preservation assessment. This proposed project would establish a baseline of professional observations and recommendations regarding existing library conditions, as well as an evaluation of our collection management policies and practices. Based on information from the survey, we hope to prioritize our response to needs and issues discovered, create a preservation plan with short and long-term goals so that we can ensure that our humanities collections will continue to be available for our students, faculty, and general public in the future. The time frame for this project would include an on-site assessment in Spring, 2011 with a final library preservation plan completed by Spring, 2012.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,830 (approved)
$5,830 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2011 – 7/31/2012


PG-51087-11

Lesley University (Cambridge, MA 02138-2790)
Alyssa Pacy (Project Director: May 2010 to February 2011)
Marie Ann U. Wasnock (Project Director: February 2011 to September 2012)
The Lesley University Archives: General Preservation Assessment

A preservation assessment of over 1,000 linear feet of institutional records, manuscripts, audiovisual materials, photographs, rare books, and artifacts documenting the college's innovative educational programs, including the Expressive Therapies graduate program, the first curriculum to integrate dance, theater, psychodrama, music, poetry, and the visual arts with the practice of psychotherapy.

The Lesley University Archives (LUA) at Lesley University is seeking funding to hire a consultant specifically knowledgeable about archives and preservation from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to conduct a general preservation assessment of the collections housed in the Lesley University Archives and to draft a plan for the care and preservation of these collections. A general preservation assessment will improve the LUA’s ability to preserve and care for its permanent collection of University records, prints and photographs, books and journals, and sound recordings.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,035 (approved)
$5,035 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 6/30/2012


PG-51272-11

New School (New York, NY 10011-8871)
Kira Appel (Project Director: May 2010 to October 2012)
Improving Storage for the Gimbel Library's Special Collections

The purchase of storage and preservation supplies to relocate a special collection in the Gimbel Library on fashion and design, which includes more than 2,500 books and some 500 volumes of periodicals, to an environmentally monitored space. Included in the collection are artists' books; materials donated by Ogden Codman, Jr., a noted Gilded Age architect and interior designer; and 19th- and 20th-century art, architecture, photography, crafts, fashion, and interior design books, as well as art and book collecting periodicals, such as "La Mode," "American Fabrics," "Gazette des Beaux Arts," and "Vogue."

The Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library is requesting funding to support the purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies to relocate Special Collections materials into a secure facility with environmental monitoring and control. The goals of this project are derived from the recommendations made by the Northeast Document Conservation Center's Karen Motylewski in her Preservation Assessment prepared in April 1991.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 6/30/2012


PG-51003-10

Manitoga, Inc. (Garrison, NY 10524)
Vivian Linares (Project Director: May 2009 to November 2011)
Storage of Manitoga's Collection of Photographic Materials: Staff Training, Supplies, and Equipment

A two-day onsite conservation training program for the organization's staff in the care of a unique photographic collection of 1,200 images created by noted artist-designer and photographer Russel Wright (1904-1976). The training will emphasize handling, rehousing, storage, and climate control. Supplies and equipment, recommended in a 2007 collection assessment, will also be purchased.

NEH funds will support two-day conservation sessions in archival practices for caring for Manitoga's photography collection with Senior Photo Conservator Monique Fischer of the Northeast Document Conservation Center. NEH funds will also support archival materials and equipment -- including a refrigerator for cold storage, shelving and climate monitoring sensors --to ensure proper storage of Manitoga's photo archive. Archival storage and training were identified as Manitoga's most urgent need in Ms. Fischer's 2007 Survey of Manitoga's Photographic Materials. Ms. Fisher will set up the equipment and demonstrate best practices for handling, rehousing and sorting black and white prints and negatives, as well as cold storage for color prints and slides. After installing sensors to monitor humidity and temperature, she will instruct staff in interpreting the data generated. The project goal is to stabilize Manitoga's Photography Collection and prepare for increasing use of the collection.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2010 – 7/31/2011


PG-51076-10

New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH 03104-4826)
Michelle Ray (Project Director: May 2009 to February 2011)
Anastasia S. Weigle (Project Director: February 2011 to August 2013)
Teti Library General Preservation Assessment

A preservation assessment of the library's general collection, Special Collections, and Archives, with particular attention to materials in the history of photography. The Teti Library serves as a regional art library for academic institutions and the general public.

New Hampshire Institute of Art's Teti Library is seeking funding to support a general preservation assessment of the main library, Special Collections and Institute archives. This funding will support a site visit conducted by a Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) consultant who will assess facility issues, library policy, and material condition and housing. The consultant will create a written report that will help the library prepare a short-, medium-, and long-term preservation plan for the collections. Using this information as a point of departure, the library will prepare a formal preservation policy and conduct materials re-housing and other preservation measures as prescribed by the consultant.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,053 (approved)
$5,053 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2010 – 7/31/2011


PG-50887-10

Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME 04011-8447)
Richard H.F. Lindemann (Project Director: May 2009 to December 2010)
General Preservation Assessment, Bowdoin College Library

A general preservation assessment of the library; consultation with the staff to review policies and procedures for preservation, conservation, and disaster preparedness; and recommendations for short-term improvements of environmental conditions. The library's collections, developed over a period of 200 years, exceed one million volumes and include more than 18,000 current print and electronic periodical and newspaper subscriptions, 28,000 audiovisual items, 40,000 maps, and 5,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archival records.

The Bowdoin College Library requests a Preservation Assistance Grant of $6,000 to support a general preservation assessment of the Bowdoin College Library. The Library will contract with the Northeast Document Conservation Center [NEDCC] to: 1. perform a general preservation survey of the Library, including an assessment of: the physical and climatic conditions of library facilities; the condition of library print, microform, and media collections; storage and housing practices for special collections (print, manuscript, a/v, digital, and photographic formats). 2. meet with appropriate staff to review current policies and procedures for print preservation and conservation, especially brittle materials and disaster preparedness. 3. prepare a report of findings and make recommendations for short-term improvements of environmental conditions, storage, and handling of materials, and a long-term preservation plan to insure the longevity of the Library's humanities resources.

Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011


PG-50956-10

University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA 30118-0001)
Howard Thomas Foster (Project Director: May 2009 to August 2013)
The Creation of a Long-range Plan at the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory

Hiring consultants to evaluate the environment and condition of the collections at the university's Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory: 1) a preservation consultant to assess the needs of the 4,300 collections; 2) an image archives consultant to evaluate 20 linear feet of photographs and negatives documenting regional archaeology; and 3) an environmental preservation specialist to assess the museum's climatic needs. Additionally, the Laboratory Director will attend two one-day workshops on the preservation of digital materials at the Northeast Document Conservation Center.

The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory (Waring Laboratory) at the University of West Georgia is seeking funding for a conservation consultant in archaeological material, an archive consultant specialized in photography and negatives, an HVAC specialist, and to send the Laboratory Coordinator to two workshops at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. This project will allow the Waring Laboratory to collaborate with the consultants and the HVAC specialist to develop a long range plan for managing and improving its environmental conditions for care of its diverse archaeological collections.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011


PG-50975-10

Trustees of Amherst College (Amherst, MA 01002-2372)
Thomas Michael Kelly (Project Director: May 2009 to December 2011)
General Preservation Assessment

A general preservation assessment of the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) unit that will identify short, medium, and long-term preservation priorities. ASC holds rare books, literary manuscripts, documents, and artifacts that relate to Amherst College and its history.

Archives & Special Collections (ASC) of the Frost Library of Amherst College seeks a $5,275 Preservation Assistance Grant from the NEH. Funding will be used to undertake a general preservation assessment of the collections by a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). As a small facility without any professional conservators on staff, the Frost Library of Amherst College requires the experience and expertise of outside professionals to ensure the longevity of the materials in our care. Intellectual control and access to materials in ASC is very good. As our staff continues to improve access for scholars, students, and the public, the resulting increase in use makes the physical care and preservation of these materials an urgent priority. A conservation expert from NEDCC will be brought to the Amherst College campus in western Massachusetts to evaluate the state of the collections. She will produce a report that will serve as the basis for planning future pres

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,275 (approved)
$5,275 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2010 – 8/31/2011


PG-50976-10

Appalachian Mountain Club (Boston, MA 02108-1490)
Rebecca Maxwell Fullerton (Project Director: May 2009 to July 2011)
Historic Photograph Preservation Survey

Funding supports a conservation assessment of the club's photographic collection, which consists of 6,000 glass lantern slides, 5,000 prints, 2,000 negatives, and 3,000 35 mm color slides documenting world-wide environmental history from 1876 to the present. Storage furniture and supplies recommended by the consultant will also be purchased.

The AMC Library and Archives' Historic Photograph Preservation Survey will consist of a consultation by a trained photographs conservator from the Northeast Document Conservation Center of Andover, Mass. The consultant will generate a report offering an overall assessment of the collections' condition and recommendations for upgrades in records management and the storage environment. In addition, funds will be used to purchase photograph storage furniture and archival supplies. These activities will help in implementing strategies for the protection of the AMC's collection of photographs documenting 133 years of outdoor exploration, recreation and conservation.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011


PG-50746-10

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA 01267-2878)
Susan Roeper (Project Director: May 2009 to September 2011)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Archives Preservation Survey

A general preservation assessment of the personal papers of art collectors Sterling and Francine Clark and the records of the Art Institute they established in 1950. The papers and organizational records document the emerging field of American art in the early and mid-20th century, and the administrative history of the institute from its founding through the present.

A grant from the NEH Preservation Assistance Grants program would support a general preservation survey of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's archival collections conducted by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). The survey would assess possible risks to archival collections from building- and environment-related problems; address emergency preparedness, fire protection, and security concerns; evaluate policies and procedures as they apply to preservation; review the existing collections maintenance program; provide recommendations for improving storage and handling practices; and review the general condition of collections. The consultation will consist of a one-day site visit and a written report that will present NEDCC staff observations and recommendations and that can be used as a planning document. The survey will identify short-, medium-, and long-term preservation priorities.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,297 (approved)
$5,297 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011


PG-50766-10

New Hampshire State Library (Concord, NH 03301)
Janet R. Eklund (Project Director: May 2009 to January 2012)
Assessing the Early American Imprints Collection

A preservation survey of early American imprints consisting of approximately 850 New Hampshire and colonial imprints of the 16th through the 19th centuries, item-level examination of selected volumes, and the purchase of protective enclosures as recommended by the consultant.

The New Hampshire State Library is requesting $6,000 to hire a book conservation consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to conduct a collection level preservation assessment of its special collection of 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century books printed by New Hampshire printers and by colonial and pre-colonial European printers. In 2002, a NEH Preservation Assistance Grant funded a general collection preservation assessment to help the state library develop its current preservation plan. This survey identified the state library's New Hampshire and colonial imprints collections as a priority for a collection specific assessment. The consultant will conduct a two-day on-site survey of the state library's 850 brittle books and pamphlets contained in this special collection that are printed before the 20th century. She will examine the ways the books are stored and utilized in addition to documenting the condition of each item in a written report.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,850 (approved)
$5,850 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 12/31/2011


PG-50809-10

Exeter Public Library (Exeter, NH 03833-1850)
Hope Godino (Project Director: May 2009 to August 2013)
General Preservation Assessment of Exeter Public Library's Historical Collection

Funding supports a general preservation assessment of the library's collection of approximately 1,700 items including town and family histories, city directories, vital records, and published works by Exeter authors.

The Exeter Public Library, Exeter, NH is seeking funding in the form of a $5,050.35 grant for a general preservation assessment of the Exeter Public Library's historical collection. The historical collection is located in its own room off the main part of Adult Services. The assessment would be completed by a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA. This would include a general review of the condition of our paper-based historical collection, an assessment of the risks to the collection, an evaluation of the library's policies and procedures as they apply to preservation and recommendations for improving storage and handling practices. The goal for this project is to insure access to the collection and, at the same time, insure its safety.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,050 (approved)
$5,050 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2010 – 8/31/2011


PG-50596-09

Albany Institute of History and Art (Albany, NY 12210-2296)
Rebecca Rich-Wulfmeyer (Project Director: May 2008 to May 2009)
Tammis K. Groft (Project Director: May 2009 to March 2011)
Tammis K. Groft (Project Director: May 2009 to March 2011)
Albany Institute Library Preservation Project

The purchase of preservation supplies, window coverings for diffusing sunlight, storage furniture, and environmental monitoring equipment for the institution's library and archival collections, which document the history of the upper Hudson Valley region from Colonial times to the present and support research and educational programs in archaeology, art history, literature, and philosophy.

The AIHA Library proposes to implement some of the recommendations that Beth Patkus, NEH-funded preservation consultant with the Northeast Document Conservation Center, made in her 2005 general preservation survey report. The Library will purchase and install solar shade to cover the seven Library windows; purchase archival supplies to rehouse the General Slide Collection and South Mall Photograph Album; purchase three five-drawer horizontal file cabinets to house the deeds; purchase two dehumidifiers to use as needed in the Library; purchase ten digital thermohygrometers to monitor environmental conditions in the Library and its exhibition cases.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,422 (approved)
$5,422 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2009 – 8/31/2010


PG-50631-09

Nichols House Museum, Inc. (Boston, MA 02108)
Flavia Cigliano (Project Director: May 2008 to December 2010)
Training and the Development of a Disaster Preparedness Plan for the Nichols House Museum

Consultation, training, and the development of an emergency preparedness and response plan for Nichols House, an 1804 brick townhouse attributed to architect Charles Bulfinch. Ninety percent of the museum's household furnishings, decorative and fine arts, textiles, and archives are original to the Nichols family, who lived in the house from 1885 to 1960.

The Nichols House Museum (NHM) proposes to retain Donia Conn of the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) as a consultant to assist the museum in the development of a disaster preparedness and response plan. The scope of the work will include (1) a full-day training workshop designed to introduce staff, board members, and volunteers to disaster planning; (2) a risk assessment of the Nichols House facility; (3) technical support throughout the development of the disaster plan; and (4) a final on-site consultation to review and assess the disaster plan. The NHM will develop its disaster plan using dPlan, an online program designed to help small museums formulate disaster plans tailored to the capacities and needs of the institution.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,030 (approved)
$4,030 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 6/30/2010


PG-50644-09

University of Central Florida, Orlando (Orlando, FL 32816-8005)
Laila Miletic-Vejzovic (Project Director: May 2008 to December 2009)
A Preservation Assessment of Paper-Based Collections of the University of Central Florida Libraries

A general preservation assessment of the university's archives and special collections, which document the United States space program, travel and tourism, the natural history of Florida, the books arts, and the university's historical development.

The University of Central Florida Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives Department will engage a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) to provide a general preservation survey of the paper based collections. The consultation will consist of a one-day on site visit and a written report that will present NEDCC's observations and recommendation, to be used as a planning document for developing a preservation plan.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2009 – 9/30/2010


PG-50651-09

Franklin County Historical and Museum Society (Malone, NY 12953-1916)
Anne Werley Smallman (Project Director: May 2008 to October 2010)
Archival Preservation Project, Phase II

The purchase of archival storage and preservation supplies for the society's paper-based collections, in accord with recommendations provided in a 2007 preservation assessment. The sources include personal documents, photographs, and records of local institutions and are used in a variety of ways for humanities research, education, and public programming.

The Franklin County Historical and Museum Society recently renovated an existing carriage house on the museum property into a research library with climate-controlled archival storage. The two-dimensional collection is being re-cataloged and moved from storage and public-access library areas that do not meet current archival best-practice standards to the new areas that provide proper care and safe access. This re-housing project is based on the recommendations of a conservator of the Northeast Document Conservation Center. Phase II of the Archival Preservation Project will continue to carry out the conservator's recommendations, as the Society improves the way it physically cares for its collection and fulfills a key portion of our Strategic Plan as well as maintaining the public trust.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 6/30/2010


PG-50229-08

City of Methuen (Methuen, MA 01844-3179)
Tina Touma-Conway (Project Director: May 2007 to March 2010)
Preservation of Methuen City Records

A general preservation assessment and staff training in the care and handling of documents. The City of Methuen's archive of public records includes town meeting proceedings; tax lists; police reports; voter registrars; birth, death and marriage records; assessor's records; treasurer's records; deeds; annual reports; resolutions; atlases; school site plans; and a set of the Massachusetts Acts and Resolves dating from the town's inception in 1726 through the early twentieth century.

The City of Methuen proposes to use a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to undertake a city records preservation initiative that will include the following activities: 1. Performance of a preservation needs survey by the Northeast Document Conservation Center; and 2. Staff training in document care practice. In March 2006 the Mayor of Methuen appointed a commission to inventory, assess environmental conditions, and recommend appropriate housing for the city's heritage documents, including public records, archives and the museum collection. The proposed preservation assessment of the city's paper-based public records is an essential component of the initiative that will help ensure that the city's irreplaceable documents are apropriately housed and preserved.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,844 (approved)
$4,844 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2008 – 7/31/2009


PG-50240-08

Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association (Old Lyme, CT 06371-2302)
Richard Conroy (Project Director: May 2007 to January 2008)
Jill Adams (Project Director: January 2008 to September 2009)
Conserve and Preserve Materials of the Genealogy Collection

A general preservation survey of library and archival materials and training for staff in the care and handling of collections, which consist of family histories, genealogies, and church and cemetery records documenting the history of Connecticut and New England.

The Old Lyme Library is seeking this grant in order to begin the process of preserving the materials in its Genealogy Collection. Most of the grant would go toward having a preservation assessment needs survey conducted by the Northeast Document Conservation Center. This survey is a necessary first step in this project in order to determine what action needs to be taken to preserve the materials in question. The collection consists mainly of approximately 1,500 volumes of printed materials as well as old photographs, postcards and maps, and it is heavily used by patrons who visit from all over the United States who are in search of family history materials. It is also used by people who are researching local history. The NEDCC would also conduct an onsite workshop for staff members on the proper care and handling of the items in the collection.

Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 6/30/2009


PG-50267-08

Barnstable Historical Society (Barnstable, MA 02630-0829)
Robert D. Stewart (Project Director: May 2007 to December 2009)
Barnstable Historical Society Preservation Assessment

A general preservation assessment of Barnstable Historical Society's manuscript collections, including documentation of early American glassmaking, New England's cranberry and fishing industries, and rare Native American land sale documents. These collections reflect the history of one of the earliest established communities in colonial America.

The Barnstable Historical Society is requesting funds to hire a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to provide a general preservation survey of the paper-based library and archival materials. The survey would assess possible risks to collections from building-and environment-related problems; address fire protection and security concerns, including emergency preparedness; evaluate institutional policies and procedures as they apply to preservation; review the existing collection maintenance program in terms of shelf preparation, book repair and commercial binding; provide recommendations for improving storage and handling practices and; review the general conditoni of paper-based collections.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,999 (approved)
$4,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2008 – 7/31/2009


PG-50329-08

McArthur Public Library (Biddeford, ME 04005-2413)
Renee L. DesRoberts (Project Director: May 2007 to July 2009)
McArthur Public Library Preservation Survey and Long-Term Planning Project

A preservation assessment of the library's special collections, including photographs of Biddeford and its environs from the 1870s through 1960s, glass plate and film negatives from a local photography studio active from 1900 to 1950, and archival materials documenting the history of this former textile-producing area, home to one of Maine's largest Franco-American populations.

McArthur Public Library, under the direction of the staff archivist, will engage the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in the execution of a general preservation survey. The library, founded in 1863, has been in its current home (a church completed in 1864) since 1904. Over the past 140 years the library has amassed a variety of historical collections, including photographs and glass negatives from local studios, local newspaper and postcard collections, book collections and various artifacts ranging from footwear to weaponry.We would like a comprehensive assessment to use as a planning document for future preservation actions.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,330 (approved)
$4,330 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2008 – 7/31/2009


PG-50354-08

Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697)
Robert Foley (Project Director: May 2007 to December 2009)
Preservation Survey of Special Collections and Archives

A general preservation assessment of the Fitchburg State College's archives and manuscript collections, including the personal papers of Robert Comier and Robert Salvatore, noted authors of novels for adolescents and young adults.

The goal of this project is to have a preservation survey of the humanities collection of the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library at Fitchburg State College as a first step toward making these valuable resources more accessible to scholars and students. The focus of the analysis will be on the manuscript collections of Robert Cormier and Robert Salvatore (two major authors who have made significant contributions to their genre), the College Archives and the physical space in which they are housed. A consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center will be hired. the Special Collections consists of the College Archives, 10 manuscripts collections, 1,561 rare and historical books, 2,300 archival photographs and approximately 16,000 slides.

Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,240 (approved)
$4,240 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 6/30/2009


PG-50376-08

People, Inc. (Williamsville, NY 14221-3230)
Lynn Beman (Project Director: May 2007 to October 2009)
Preservation of Archives, Correspondence, and Objects Related to the History of Developmental Disabilities

Purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies for the care of books, correspondence, photographs, and artifacts related to the historical treatment of the developmentally disabled in the United States.

People Inc. proposes to obtain materials and equipment to implement recommendations made in a preservation assessment for our Museum of disABILITY History. People Inc. and our Museum received a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2004. This grant enabled us to secure the services of a Field Services Representative from the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The Representative conducted a preservation assessment of the Museum's collection and provide a series of recommendations on actions and activities the Museum should consider. People Inc. and the Museum subsequently has implemented several of these recommendations between 2005 and 2006. Some recommendations still need to be completed to ensure the proper preservation of sensitive materials as well as to help prepare for disasters. People Inc., on behalf of our Museum, requests $5,000 to implement these improvements

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 6/30/2009


PG-50378-08

National Book Foundation (New York, NY 10016)
Harold Augenbraum (Project Director: May 2007 to March 2010)
Preservation Survey of National Book Awards Archives

A general preservation assessment of the Foundation's archives documenting the founding and development of the Foundation and its National Book Awards. The collection includes the original letters of literary and political figures, including W.H. Auden, Wallace Stevens, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, Susan Sontag, and Dwight Eisenhower.

The National Book Foundation seeks a grant of $5,000 to contract with the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) to conduct a preservation survey of its archival holdings accumulated during the past 58 years. The Foundation is the parent of the National Book Awards, one of the most prestigious literary awards in America. Its archives hold unique letters, telegrams, photographs, programs, posters, newspaper clippings, other materials on paper, audiotapes, videotapes, CDs, DVDs and other materials that document the National Book Awards from their founding in 1950 to 2007. The survey will be used to begin the process of making the archives more widely known and accessible to students, scholars, and others through electronic cataloging and digitization of some materials.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2008 – 7/31/2009


PG-50379-08

Quincy University (Quincy, IL 62301-2699)
Patricia Tomczak (Project Director: May 2007 to March 2009)
Quincy University Rare Materials Assessment

A preservation assessment of rare book and archival collections, including a local history collection of documents and photographs on Quincy, Illinois, during the Civil War and steamboat eras; an early collection of African American folklore; and a collection of books, manuscripts, and letters on 17th- and 18th-century Franciscan missionary work in Mexico and the American Southwest.

Quincy University will hire a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to provide a general preservation survey of the paper-based library and archival materials of the Brenner Library. The survey will assess possible risks to collections, address fire protection and security concerns, evaluate institutional policies and procedures, review the existing collections maintenance program, provide recommendations for improving storage and handling practices, and review the general condition of paper-based collections.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 6/30/2009


PG-50390-08

Franklin County Historical and Museum Society (Malone, NY 12953-1916)
Anne Werley Smallman (Project Director: May 2007 to February 2010)
Archival Preservation Project

Purchase of archival preservation materials, storage supplies, and environmental monitoring equipment for the paper-based collections of the society documenting the social, economic, agricultural, and educational history of Franklin County, New York. The collection includes numerous civil war records and personal manuscript collections reflecting the activities of the 16th Regiment, New York Volunteers. Among additional holdings are the records of the Northern New York Institute for the Deaf-Mute, 1895-1920.

The Franklin County Historical and Museum Society seeks to relocate its two-dimensional collection from storage and public-access library areas that do not meet current archival best-practice standards to new storage and library areas that provide proper care and safe access. The project is based on the recommendations of a conservator of the Northeast Document Conservation Center. This project will require the purchase of new storage furniture and preservation supplies. By improving the way the society physically cares for its collection, we will be fulfilling a key portion of our strategic plan as well as maintaining the public trust.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 6/30/2009


PG-50439-08

Hull Lifesaving Museum (Hull, MA 02045-0221)
Victoria Catherine Stevens (Project Director: May 2007 to December 2009)
Disaster Planning Project

Consultation with preservation specialists on the preparation of a disaster preparedness and response plan and purchase of emergency supplies to protect rare books, photographs, and artifacts documenting the history of maritime lifesaving in America. The museum's historic structure and location make it especially vulnerable to coastal flooding and storms.

The Hull Lifesaving Museum requests $5,000 to prepare a comprehensive and site specific disaster plan. The museum is located in the 1889 Point Allerton Lifesaving Station at the mouth of Boston Harbor. Our collection encompasses a broad range of materials, including rare books, photographs, a fresnel lighthouse lens, wooden surfboat, cloth, wood, and metal artifacts. Our exposed location and historic structure require special consideration in creating a disaster plan that anticipates the possibility of coastal flooding as well as wind damage and roof leaks from severe coastal storms. In preparing our disaster plan the HLM staff will work closely with consultants from the Northeast Document Conservation Center. Funding for the project will allow the NEDCC staff to conduct three onsite workshops to help HLM staff identify risks and prepare appropriate safeguards. Additionally, we will purchase supplies to help prevent damage and respond to disasters quickly and effectively.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 6/30/2009


PG-50063-07

Brewster Ladies Library Association (Brewster, MA 02631-1892)
Suzanne Teuteberg (Project Director: May 2006 to September 2008)
The Brewster Ladies' Library Archives and Special Collections Preservation Project - Phase One

A preservation assessment of records, manuscripts, and oral histories relating to the history of the town of Brewster from 1799 to the present, with additional support for archival supplies and workshop training for staff in the care of photographs and scrapbooks.

The goal of this project is to develop a plan for preserving the library's archival and manuscript holdings and to assess the conservation treatment needs of items in these collections. The preservation of these collections will preserve a key historical perspective on the New England maritime life of men and women during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The staff will develop additional expertise in preserving photographs and scrapbooks by attending relevant workshops at Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). Also, by attending a NEDCC digitization workshop appropriate resources will be selected for digitizing (Phase Two), which ultimately will provide greater access to these collections through the Internet.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,998 (approved)
$4,998 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2007 – 6/30/2008


PG-50080-07

Heritage Museums and Gardens (Sandwich, MA 02563-2110)
Jennifer Yunginger Madden (Project Director: May 2006 to September 2007)
A Conservation Assessment of 102 Currier & Ives Lithographs

A conservation assessment of 102 Currier & Ives lithographs and the preparation of a treatment plan for their preservation.

The Preservation Assistance Grant would support a conservation assessment of the nationally recognized collection of Currier & Ives lithographs belonging to Heritage Museums & Gardens. More than 40% of the collection is matted and framed in deleterious materials, and the conditions of the lithographs have not been determined out of their frames. A senior paper conservator from the Northeast Document Conservation Center will assess the museum's collection of prints. He will inspect, write a conservation report and, when appropriate, a treatment proposal for each print. He will also prioritize the prints for treatment. This information will allow the museum to move forward in a knowledgeable way to preserve the collection for the future, as well as make it ready for exhibition and loans in the coming years.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,489 (approved)
$4,489 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2007 – 6/30/2008


PG-50015-07

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute (Indiana, PA 15701-2898)
Theresa McDevitt (Project Director: May 2006 to December 2007)
Preservation Assessment of Humanities Collection

A preservation assessment of records and artifacts created or owned by the Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Company, the largest mining operation in Southwestern Pennsylvania, from 1881 to the end of the 20th century. Among the rare items in this collection are maps that document digging activity in the mine and property lines above ground since 1886.

The grant would allow the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania to contract with a consultant to do a general preservation survey of the Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Company Records and Artifacts, a unique and highly significant collection of coal company records, maps, blueprints, architectural drawings, artwork, furniture, and mining artifacts. The collection presently resides in an off-site location with less than optimum environmental controls. A consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center will carry out a survey to: assess possible risks to the collections from building and environment related problems; address fire protection and security concerns, including emergency preparedness; evaluate institutional policies and procedures as they apply to preservation; provide recommendations for improving storage and handling practices; and review the general condition of paper based collections.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,710 (approved)
$4,710 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2007 – 6/30/2008


PG-50019-07

Billerica Public Library (Billerica, MA 01821)
Kathleen Meagher (Project Director: May 2006 to May 2008)
Local History Room Preservation

The purchase of storage supplies and environmental monitoring equipment for archival records, books, pamphlets, microfilm, audiotapes, and newspapers that document the town's history, including the development of its early mills and canals.

A previous NEH Preservation Assistance Grant made it possible for the Billerica Public Library to complete a preservation survey assessment of our Local History Room. It was done by Millie O'Connell, a preservation consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA. The Preservation Survey Report that resulted provided us with suggestions and guidance on how better to secure, organize, and preserve our collection. It also advised us on the actions and /or materials needed to carry out these suggestions. We have begun taking the advised actions and it is our intention and desire to continue with the suggested purchases of appropriate and secure storage furniture and supplies.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2007 – 6/30/2008


PG-50024-07

Historical Society of Palm Beach County (Palm Beach, FL 33480-3977)
Loren Alexander Mintz (Project Director: May 2006 to October 2007)
Preservation Assessment of Collection

A general preservation assessment of the historical society's books, photographs, maps, newspapers, journals, periodicals, architectural drawings, furniture, art objects, artifacts, and textiles. Most of the materials date from the 1870s to the late 20th century. Among the rarest objects is a pre-Columbian wooden human effigy that has been dated to between A.D. 900 to 1200.

With the proposed Preservation Assistance Grant, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County will contract with the Northeast Document Conservation Center for conservator Rebecca Hatcher to conduct a general preservation assessment of its collection of books, photographs, maps, newspapers, journals, periodicals, architectural drawings, research files, furniture, textiles, and other artifacts. Because the society will be moving in about eighteen months into a fully restored 1916 courthouse building and creating a history museum, this assessment will help us plan for both the short-term and long-term preservation of the collection. First, we need recommendations for remedial improvements to existing storage space and preventive maintenance strategies applicable to the new space. Second, we need recommendations for needed storage systems to house the collection in the 1916 courthouse, to allow easier and more efficient access for public use.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2007 – 6/30/2008


PG-50027-07

City of Central Falls (Central Falls, RI 02863-2838)
Laura Marlane (Project Director: May 2006 to December 2007)
Preservation Survey for the Lysander and Susan Flagg Museum of Central Falls History

Hiring a consultant to conduct a general preservation assessment of collections housed in a Victorian-style historic house museum. The collections of the museum include letters, newspapers, scrap books, and photographs; military uniforms, medals, buttons, ribbons, and weapons; and 12 oil paintings by a local artist. Significant among the collections are 3 World War I recruitment posters and the Atlas of Union and Confederate Armies, consisting of 19" x 29" plates.

The Central Falls Free Public Library, managers of the Lysander and Susan Flagg Museum, requests $5000 to enlist the expertise of a field service representative from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to conduct a preservation survey of our facility. This 111-year-old Victorian-style home was purchased by the library in 1997. It currently houses a collection of approximately 2500 images; 50 cubic boxes of print materials (including letters, scrapbooks, and personal papers); and 500 objects (such as police badges, ship models, toys, military uniforms, etc.) all relating to the history of the City of Central Falls and its residents. By determining the preservation needs of our facility, we will be better able to stabilize and catalog these items and make them available to a wider audience in digital form through our website.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,743 (approved)
$4,743 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2007 – 9/30/2008


PA-51545-06

New Hampshire State Library (Concord, NH 03301)
Janet R. Eklund (Project Director: May 2005 to October 2008)
Assessing 18th- and 19th-Century New Hampshire Maps and Atlases

A conservation assessment of the state library's New Hampshire and New England map and atlas collection from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies.

The New Hampshire State Library seeks $5,000 to support a collection level conservation assessment of its New Hampshire and New England maps and atlases collections. The activities entail hiring a maps preservation consultant to assess conservation needs and purchasing archival quality housing supplies to protect 150 maps and 50 atlases from the 18th and 19th centuries. The project is a continuation of a general collection conservation assessment conducted in 2002 which identified the state library's collections of early printed and manuscript maps as a preservation priority.

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Project fields:
Geography

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 6/30/2008


PA-51565-06

South Kingstown Public Library (Peace Dale, RI 02879)
Jessica B. Wilson (Project Director: May 2005 to March 2009)
General Preservation Assessment

A general preservation assessment of archives, photographs, newspapers, and books related to Rhode Island state history.

The South Kingstown Public Library will contract with the Northeast Document Conservation Center to conduct a General Preservation Planning Survey. The purpose of the survey is to identify hazards to collections overall and to help preserve materials using preventive maintenance strategies. Building conditions, storage and handling procedures, disaster preparedness and policies that impact preservation will be examined. The consultant will prepare a formal report which will be used as a first step in the Library's long-term preservation initiative.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$3,913 (approved)
$3,913 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 7/31/2006


PA-51576-06

L.C. Bates Museum (Hinckley, ME 04944)
Deborah Staber (Project Director: May 2005 to November 2006)
Preservation Assessment of Works On Paper at the L.C.Bates Museum

A consultant's preservation assessment of paper-based materials, such as photographs, documents, manuscripts, architectural plans and works of art, in the collections of the L.C. Bates Museum.

The L.C.Bates Museum proposes to hire paper conservator, Walter Newman, Director of Paper Conservation at Northeast Document Conservation Center to conduct an on-site collection level conservation assessment of paper-based materials including photographs, documents, manuscripts, ephemera, architectural plans, and works of art. One project goal is to implement the recommendations of our 1992 CAP and 2000 CPS object survey that recommend that we have expert professional detailed assessments to plan care and treatment for specific Museum collections.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 3/31/2007


PA-51677-06

Berkshire Theatre Festival (Stockbridge, MA 01262)
Kate Maguire (Project Director: May 2005 to January 2007)
General Preservation Assessment of the Berkshire Theatre Festival Archive Collection

A general preservation assessment of the Berkshire Theatre Festival archives that documents regional theater in Massachusetts since 1928.

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Berkshire Theatre Festival(BTF) will hire a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The consultant will conduct a general preservation survey of the BTF archives with the purpose of identifying priorities both short and long term for the preservation of the theatre's present archival material and future materials.

Project fields:
Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,486 (approved)
$4,486 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 6/30/2006


PA-24333-02

New Hampshire State Library (Concord, NH 03301)
Janet R. Eklund (Project Director: April 2002 to September 2003)
Leaping Preservation Hurdles

A general preservation assessment of the library's collections, in-house preservation training, and the attendance by a library administrator at a series of preservation management workshops.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2002 – 9/30/2003


HA-20046-00

Jackson County Historical Society (Independence, MO 64050-2804)
Kelly M. Chambers (Project Director: April 2000 to January 2002)
Storage Supplies for Oversize Materials and Training

Attendance at the Northeast Document Conservation Center's School for Scanning conference and the purchase of storage supplies to rehouse scrapbooks, maps, photographs, and architectural drawings.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation - Assistance Grants (ER Title Ib)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$3,611 (approved)
$3,611 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2000 – 8/31/2001


CH-20387-97

Northeast Document Conservation Center, Inc. (Andover, MA 01810-1438)
Ann E. Russell (Project Director: May 1996 to December 1999)
Endowing Preservation Services in the Northeast

To support endowment and bridge funding for the expansion of the center's fieldservice program and internships and for upgrading microfilm equipment.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

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

Grant period:
12/1/1995 – 7/31/2000


PS-20299-90

Northeast Document Conservation Center, Inc. (Andover, MA 01810-1438)
Ann E. Russell (Project Director: June 1989 to November 1990)
Expansion of Photographic Preservation Services: Consultant Grant

To support the preparation of an assessment by consultants of needed photographic preservation services and facilities at the Northeast Document Conservation Center.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Preservation and Access Projects Pre-1996

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$8,000 (approved)
$8,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1990 – 6/30/1990


PS-20068-86

Ellen McCrady
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar
Training for a Preservation Librarian

To support the costs of attendance by one Brigham Young University librarian ata workshop on library preservation offered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts. The workshop focused on the preservation of materials valuable for humanities research.

Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
Preservation and Access Projects Pre-1996

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$658 (approved)
$658 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/1986 – 6/30/1986