Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance Grants

Period of Performance

1/1/2011 - 6/30/2012

Funding Totals

$1,920.00 (approved)
$1,920.00 (awarded)

Improving Storage for Rare Books at Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library

FAIN: PG-51407-11

City of Nacogdoches (Nacogdoches, TX 75961-5508)
Brian Bray (Project Director: May 2010 to September 2012)

The purchase of shelving and supplies for the storage of 26 scrapbooks and 200 rare hymnals, bibles, textbooks, and beginner readers, with some German books brought by the von der Hoya family when they came to Texas in 1836. The 1830 Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library was the home of a prominent merchant and Texas Revolutionary leader, and the collections, which date from the 19th and early 20th centuries, are used to interpret the history of that period.

Purchase new shelving and storage boxes for rare book collection at the Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library. The new shelving would protect the rare books from dirt, dust, and damage due to handling. The bookcases would have adjustable shelves and glass locking front cabinet doors. The new shelving would allow our museum to properly care for part of our collection that has been neglected over the years and is now in poor condition. The current shelving in the library consists of large wooden bookshelves with non-adjustable shelves that are not archival quality. The shelves are not enclosed or protected from the elements. We would like to purchase two metal storage cabinets with three extra deep adjustable shelves and sliding tempered safety glass doors. The shelves are manufactured by Tennsco, and the cabinets are made of steel with sliding glass doors to protect the contents of the cabinet and allow for some airflow through the unit.