Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance Grants

Period of Performance

1/1/2010 - 6/30/2011

Funding Totals

$3,882.00 (approved)
$3,882.00 (awarded)

Improved Storage for Unbound Oversize Maps and Posters in the Del-Mar-Va Collection

FAIN: PG-50765-10

Corbit Calloway Memorial Library (Odessa, DE 19730-0128)
Mary McNeeley (Project Director: May 2009 to August 2013)

Funding supports the purchase of flat filing cases to store large format maps and posters, as recommended by a consultant who has done a preservation assessment of the collection. The library houses a special collection that documents the culture and heritage of Delaware and the surrounding region. Approximately 150 items are unbound oversize maps and posters. The maps depict the Del-Mar-Va peninsula and its counties and towns as they existed in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The unbound oversize maps and posters in our Del-Mar-Va Collection have been matted and shrinkwrapped and are standing in bins. We are seeking a long-term storage solution. We plan to remove the shrinkwrapping and store them flat in file drawers, placing acid-free tissue between them to protect the surface.