Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Period of Performance

10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014

Funding Totals

$300,000.00 (approved)
$300,000.00 (awarded)

Creating a Sustainable Environment to Preserve Access to Humanities, Innovation, and STEM Education Collections at WPI

FAIN: PF-50364-13

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA 01609-2247)
Kathleen A. Markees (Project Director: December 2012 to February 2015)

A partial renovation of the Special Collections wing of the George C. Gordon Library at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which holds a diverse collection of business records, personal papers, and rare books relating to the history of industry and technical education in the United States. The proposed activities will improve environmental conditions by isolating air handling from the main library building's system, enhancing extant fire protection systems, and installing a new environmental control (HVAC) system for the special collections.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's George C. Gordon Library seeks an implementation grant to fund the partial renovation of the existing Special Collections Wing to provide adequate environmental conditions and fire protection for the storage and preservation of archival and special collections materials.

Media Coverage

Federal humanities grants to help three area institutions (Media Coverage)
Publication: Worcester Telegram and Gazette
Date: 7/28/2013
Abstract: The National Endowment for the Humanities announced $33 million in grants this week for 173 humanities projects, including grants to Mount Wachusett Community College, the Worcester Art Museum, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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