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Organization name: Carnegie Institute
Program: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections*
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PF-50445-14

Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4007)
Sandra Lynn Olsen (Project Director: December 2013 to May 2014)
Gretchen Anderson (Project Director: May 2014 to April 2018)
Carnegie Museum of Natural History Sustainable Anthropology Collection Storage Improvement

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

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

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Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$341,848 (approved)
$341,848 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


PF-50260-12

Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4007)
Sandra Lynn Olsen (Project Director: December 2011 to February 2014)
Anthropology Collection Storage Improvement and Sustainability Planning for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

A planning project for improved storage and environmental controls in the museum's annex building, which houses a large anthropological and ethnological collection representing North, Central, and South American cultures, as well as those of Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

The Section of Anthropology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History possesses one of the world's outstanding collections. With more than 1.6 million archaeological and ethnological objects representing most of the continents, this collection deserves the best preventive conservation and storage possible. The Anthropology collections currently suffer from overcrowding and are intermingled with other areas and decentralized. The overcrowding puts existing collections at risk, makes it more cumbersome to use them, and limits acquisition of new objects. In order to implement more efficient space usage and improve collection care, it is imperative to begin planning improvements. CMNH Anthropology is already strongly committed to sustainable practices, but also understands that every organization and department can introduce additional improvements. This planning grant will enable investigation of methods to further increase sustainability at our facility.

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Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$39,521 (approved)
$39,521 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2012 – 11/30/2013