Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Period of Performance

9/1/2011 - 8/31/2014

Funding Totals

$139,858.00 (approved)
$139,858.00 (awarded)

Purchase Compactor Shelving and Acid-Free Supplies for Preserving Archival Collections

FAIN: PF-50204-11

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348)
Elaine R. Hughes (Project Director: December 2010 to November 2014)

An implementation project involving the purchase of storage furniture and supplies to consolidate and rehouse 3,566 linear feet of anthropological archives currently held in several locations on the museum's campus.

The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) requests a total of $164,858 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a three year project to address the preventative preservation needs of archives at MNA. The goal of this project is to improve archive storage conditions while also upgrading intellectual control and increasing ease of access to these important records. Most of MNA's archival records are in dispersed storage locations and are poorly housed in acidic or unstable containers. To achieve the project goal MNA's objectives are to relocate 3566 linear feet of archives from dispersed buildings for assessment, rehousing and consolidation in the Easton Collection Center (ECC) which is LEEDs certified at the Platinum level. With NEH support MNA will purchase rehousing supplies and compactor shelving for installation on rails already in place in the ECC.

Media Coverage

Arizona Regional News (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Pat Evans
Publication: Registrar's Committee-Western Region Newsletter
Date: 10/1/2012
Abstract: Arizona regional news including the Museum of Northern Arizona's receipt of NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant for the purchase of mobile shelving for move of Archives to Easton Collection Center

Associated Products

How Do Archives Move (Article)
Title: How Do Archives Move
Author: Melissa VanOtterloo
Abstract: In 2011 the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) received an NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant to move archival collections into MNA's new LEED Platinum certified Easton Collection Center (ECC). This grant allowed MNA to purchase and install compact shelving in the ECC for MNA Archives. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an important consideration during the move since old storage has documented evidence of infestation. Archives were either frozen (paper records) or isolated and monitored (formats, such as negatives, that could not be frozen). The procedures followed are outlined in this article.
Year: 2013
Primary URL: http://
Access Model: open access
Format: Other

Head in the Clouds: Can Lofty Partnership Ideas Become Real? (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Head in the Clouds: Can Lofty Partnership Ideas Become Real?
Abstract: This Museum Association of Arizona annual meeting session, not funded by NEH, was focused on the Museum of Northern Arizona's (MNA) partnership with the National Park Service (NPS). One of the three presenters, discussed MNA's new Easton Collection Center (ECC) and efforts to secure mobile cabinetry funds from NEH and other agencies. With NEH's Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant and additional federal funds from NPS, MNA purchased SpaceSaver compactors for the move of archives into the ECC.
Author: Elaine Hughes
Author: Gwenn Gallenstein
Author: Aaron Spellbring
Date: 4/1/2012
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Documents as Collections (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Documents as Collections
Abstract: Mountain Plains Museum Association Annual meeting session. One presenter discussed the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) recent work with its archives, including the NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant to purchase and install compactor shelving in the Easton Collection Center for MNA's archives.
Author: Elaine Hughes
Date: 10/20/2011
Location: Helena, Montana