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PG-232280-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsDePauw UniversityPurchase of Delta Design Museum Storage Cabinet for Contemporary Works of Art1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$3,549.00CraigRayHadley   DePauw UniversityGreencastleIN46135-1736USA2015Arts, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access3549035490

Purchase of a storage cabinet and rehousing supplies for 139 art objects in the collection of the Peeler Gallery on the campus of DePauw University. The university maintains a 3,500 object teaching collection with particular strengths in Japanese and Tibetan artworks, as well as paintings, decorative objects, and fine art photography associated with the history of DePauw and the state of Indiana. The project would focus on rehousing a diverse collection of contemporary artists’ books, photographs, drawings, ceramics, and three-dimensional works used by students and faculty as teaching tools in a variety of classes.

The Galleries at Peeler on the campus of DePauw University respectfully requests $3,549 to purchase a Model DDLX-G museum storage cabinet from Delta Design Ltd, along with ethafoam and blueboard to support rehousing efforts. This new cabinet will house 139 of the smallest and most vulnerable contemporary art objects, ranging from a Kara Walker pop-up book to a Vik Muniz porcelain plate and artist DVDs. The objects directly support a variety of teaching and research needs at DePauw University, including: undergraduate special projects, classroom use by faculty and staff, and student/gallery curated exhibitions. Per a recent 2014 AAM MAP review, the external reviewer recommended that all non-archival storage furniture, including the current storage cabinet for these objects, be replaced with permanent/durable archival furniture. The new Delta Design unit will also include storage space for objects pending use by student researchers and faculty members.

PG-232367-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsNational Museum of Women in the ArtsArt Storage Development Plan2/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$6,000.00Catherine Bade   National Museum of Women in the ArtsWashingtonDC20005-3970USA2015Arts, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Hiring an external consultant to assess the existing conditions of on-site storage space and work with the museum’s staff to develop a detailed plain for implementation of improvements. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to works of art by women, and contains over 4,500 paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculpture. The encyclopedic collection contains early works from Italian Renaissance painters Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana through contemporary female artists such as Judy Chicago and Sylvia Sleigh. The museum also holds a core collection of paintings by Suzanne Valadon, the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. The proposed storage assessment builds on four previous grant-funded collection and building assessments.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is dedicated to bringing recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. Its collection comprises 4,500 works of art of varied media, dating from the 16th century through the present, by over 1,100 artists from around the world. At its inception NMWA lacked the financial resources for the design of a professional museum-quality storage area and, to date, the on-site storage methods remain largely below accepted museological standards, risking the long-term well-being of the collection. This project, as part of the museum's newly drafted preventative conservation plan, would support the planning phase of renovation of the museum's on-site collection storage.

PG-232419-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsHockaday Museum of ArtMuseum Collections Equipment Upgrade12/1/2015 - 5/31/2017$2,035.00BarryB.Conger   Hockaday Museum of ArtKalispellMT59901-4942USA2015Arts, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access203501975.470

The purchase of data loggers and light meters to monitor environmental conditions at the Hockaday Museum of Art.  The museum’s collections feature the historic and artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park, including artists of regional and national importance such as John Fery, Leonard Loop, T.J. Hileman, and Gary Schildt. The collection also includes artistic renderings of the changing landscape over time, due to recession of glaciers, and a significant archive of papers and objects related to the Blackfeet Indian tribe. The applicant seeks to replace outdated and unreliable environmental monitoring equipment with newer units, as recommended in a 2012 preservation needs assessment.

The Hockaday Museum of Art houses one of the nation's largest permanent collections of historic and contemporary art of Glacier National Park. The collection holds more than 800 artworks, 50,000 photographs and negatives, and over 3,000 titles in the library. The Museum has been accepting items into the collection for over forty years. The main objective of the collection is to preserve the artwork for future generations to enjoy. The Hockaday conducted a preservation needs assessment in April 2012. The assessment identified two areas of concern to be addressed by the project-1) environmental monitoring, and 2) management of light. The monitoring equipment in place is outdated and the ability to measure light in the exhibition galleries does not exist. The project will allow the Museum to purchase and install proper equipment to monitor environmental conditions in the collections and exhibitions areas.

PG-232650-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsJosephine Herrick Project IncJosephine Herrick Project Collection Preservation1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Jessica Wanamaker   Josephine Herrick Project IncNew YorkNY10038-2723USA2015Military HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A preservation assessment and the purchase of preservation supplies for the institution’s historical photo and film-based collections depicting military service men and women. The collection, which amounts to approximately 8,000 items, documents service members in New York City and in regional veterans hospitals from World War II to the present day. The majority of the photographs were taken by Josephine Herrick during and immediately following the war, when she worked as a War Service photographer and taught photography to veterans.  The collection also includes photographs taken by veterans chronicling life in veterans hospitals. Currently, the collection is used primarily for in-house exhibitions. With more accessibility, it would support significant humanities scholarship particularly in the fields of military history, the history of medicine, and the history of photography.

Josephine Herrick Project requests funds for a general preservation assessment of the institution's historical photo collections and to purchase materials for immediate preservation needs. Josephine Herrick Project is a photography non-profit where people in need take photographs to tell their story to the world. The collection consists of 8,000 records reflecting 75 years of photographs of veterans and by veterans in VA hospitals. A significant part of the collection is from WWII and includes the founder Josephine Herrick's photographs of servicemen going to war and during Navy Day in New York. The collection is an important part of New York and military history and is a significant source for humanities scholarship.

PG-232658-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsKaruk Tribe of CaliforniaPreserving Karuk Collections from UV Light Damage1/1/2016 - 3/31/2020$6,000.00Joshua Saxon-Whitecrane   Karuk Tribe of CaliforniaHappy CampCA96039-1016USA2015Cultural AnthropologyPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Staff training in monitoring and control of the museum environment and purchase of supplies to improve lighting conditions for a tribal collection of basketry, ceremonial regalia, archaeological materials, and historic photographs.  The collections, housed at the Karuk Tribe People’s Center, document Karuk life and culture in the pre-contact and historic periods, and include shell, nut, and bead necklaces; clothing made of animal skins; historic photographs; as well as over 100 examples of renowned Karuk basket weaving.  The northern California collection is used by tribal members and Karuk language speakers, and for research, education, and public programming.

This project focuses on ethnographic and archaeological collections of the Karuk Tribe People's Center. The collection contains basketry, ceremonial regalia, lithic materials and historical photos acquired through donations, purchase, repatriation, and family loans. Objects are from pre-contact village sites, late 19th century ceremony, and contemporary Karuk artists. The collection is considered to be sacred and living: strict cultural protocols govern care and use of regalia and other objects of power. Certain sacred objects are danced and brought to the World Renewal Ceremonial practice known as pikyavish. The collection is also used by contemporary weavers and regalia makers, by language speakers, and by researchers interested in Karuk heritage and culture. This project will preserve the collections both in storage and in museum gallery through purchase and use of UV-filtered lights in accordance with recommendations in our 2008 Museum Conservation Assessment.

PG-232674-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsCentral Michigan UniversityMuseum of Cultural and Natural History Collections Project2/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$6,000.00Jay Martin   Central Michigan UniversityMount PleasantMI48859-0001USA2015Public HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The rehousing of over 1,400 items including military medals, patches, and equipment ranging from the French and Indian War to the Vietnam War, a Civil War medical field kit, medical tools such as needles and surgery knives used during the Great Depression for home births, and cameras and photographs ranging from the 1880s to the present. Materials from these diverse collections are used in exhibitions designed by museum staff as well as by students in the University’s Museum Studies and Cultural Resource Management programs.

Funding will be used to purchase supplies needed to upgrade care of important segments (military, medical, photographic) of the history museum’s permanent collection as we work toward achieving future accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

PG-232846-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsArizona Board of RegentsPurchase of Preservation Supplies and Environmental Monitoring Equipment1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$4,243.00Wendy Burk   Arizona Board of RegentsTucsonAZ85721-0073USA2015Literature, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access4243042430

The purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment for the center’s extensive collection of contemporary poetry, photographs, broadsides and recordings. Included in the collection are 45,000 volumes of poetry, 25,000 periodicals, 4,000 photographs, 400 broadsides, and 1,500 unique recordings. The collection, which is particularly comprehensive in the field of contemporary English-language poetry, is fully accessible and heavily used for scholarly and pedagogical purposes in the university. The University of Arizona Poetry Center’s collections also serve a broad spectrum of writers, readers, and researchers, including members of the local community and scholars from around the world.

The University of Arizona Poetry Center (UAPC) requests support from NEH to purchase preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment needed to fulfill recommendations made in UAPC's 2014 General Preservation Assessment, which was funded by an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions. Support from NEH will be used to purchase one handheld environmental monitor to measure visible light, ultraviolet light, temperature, and relative humidity; a museum vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter and variable speed rheostat; polyurethane foam book supports for safe handling and display of fragile items; and one two-shelf, four-wheel plastic cart for safe transport of collection items.

PG-233008-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsCollege of Southern Maryland, La PlataPurchase of Preservation Furniture1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$2,721.00Anna Kephart   College of Southern Maryland, La PlataLa PlataMD20646-2867USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access2721027210

The purchase of storage furniture for a collection documenting the history and culture of the southern Maryland region. The Center maintains 225 archival collections dating from 1594 to the present with information on indigenous peoples, colonial settlements, early agricultural methods, commercial activities, and changing patterns of architecture and land use.  Also included are sources pertaining to slavery, the Civil War, segregation, and the civil rights movement in the region.  Of note are legal records and correspondence of Judge Frederick Stone, a lawyer and congressman who defended Mary Surratt in the trial for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The Southern Maryland Studies Center (SMSC) is a small local history archive that was established by the College of Southern Maryland in 1976 in order to provide a central location for students, historians, genealogists, and community members to use the Center's resources to study the culture and development of this historically important region. NEH grant funds would support the purchase of improved storage furniture for the SMSC's permanent archival collections of rare books, photographs, manuscripts, and audiovisual materials. Funds from a 2011 NEH Preservation Assistance Grant were used to replace about 2/3 of the existing wire rack shelving, but were not sufficient to replace all of the substandard shelving units. Additionally, the SMSC continues to acquire new collections and materials, and needs supplemental shelving space to safely house and preserve these materials.

PG-233067-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsMuseum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the HolocaustStorage Rehousing Plan for Textile Collection1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,200.00Erica Blumenfeld   Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the HolocaustNew YorkNY10280-1502USA2015Cultural HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5200052000

A preservation assessment focusing on the storage needs of 900 textiles from the 19th to the 21st century that help to tell the story of Jewish and Jewish American life before, during, and after World War II, with a focus on the Holocaust and its aftermath.  Items in the collection include ceremonial textiles, such as prayer shawls and textiles associated with the circumcision ritual, pieces related to the Holocaust such as concentration camp uniforms and clothing made immediately after liberation, as well as everyday textiles such as household linens, flags, and banners.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust maintains a collection of 900 textiles representing all aspects of Jewish communal and private life, including ritual and ceremonial items, and objects of historical significance to the Holocaust and pre- and post-war periods. Collection textiles date from the late 19th century to the present day and illustrate the global reach and diversity of the Jewish experience. The inherent fragility and compelling nature of the textile collection underscores the need for lasting storage solutions. To that end, the Museum seeks to develop a textile rehousing plan. A textile conservator will survey current storage conditions and provide recommendations for ideal practices for the categories of textiles in the Museum's collection. These suggestions will inform the development of a detailed plan outlining and prioritizing appropriate storage measures the Museum intends to implement.

PG-233172-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsEdmond Historical Society, Inc.Collections Storage and Environmental Monitoring Improvement1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$4,787.00DeborahDerbyBaker   Edmond Historical Society, Inc.EdmondOK73034-3873USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access4787047870

Purchase of equipment for environmental, light, pest, and flood monitoring, as well as improved storage through the purchase of new shelving and plastic sheeting for dust exclusion. The Edmond Historical Society and Museum contains over 35,000 artifacts, photos, and documents relating to the history of Edmond, Oklahoma Territory, from the Land Run of 1889 up to the present. A majority of the collection items are photographs and paper-based documents, including the image archive of the Edmond Sun newspaper. The museum has recently surveyed its object and textile collections, which include diverse objects such as scouting uniforms, farm implements, jailhouse doors, and rugs.

The Edmond Historical Society and Museum (EHS&M) is requesting funds to assist with the completion of projects to improve environmental monitoring throughout the museum, protect collection items in storage and add much needed shelving in the furniture storage area. Collections at EHS&M consist of over 35,000 artifacts, photos and documents relating to the history of Edmond, Oklahoma Territory before the Land Run days of 1889 up to the present. Objects vary in size from a large and heavy cast iron forge and stove to very small items layered many to a box. Our recent preservation study identified problem areas and provided a number of recommendations that can be addressed fairly quickly by the museum staff and provide significant benefit for the impacted collection areas. This request is targeted at those recommendations for upgrades to our environmental monitoring, light monitoring, better pest control strategies and equipment, flood alarms, dust exclusion and shelf storage.

PG-233207-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsAppalachian Mountain ClubLeisure in Wartime: An Historic Photograph Preservation Initiative1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00RebeccaMaxwellFullerton   Appalachian Mountain ClubBostonMA02129-3740USA2015History, OtherPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The purchase of archival housing supplies and storage shelving for some of the most sensitive items in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s collections, approximately 2,100 photographs documenting tourism and outdoor recreation in America from the 1920s through the 1950s. Focused primarily on the New England region, the collections provide a notable visual record of outdoor leisure activities and how they were impacted by two world wars. They are used for publications, research, and public programming across a number of disciplines, including history and environmental science.

The project will focus on AMC's Photographic Print collections and one newly-accessioned special collection of photographs. These images document outdoor recreation, tourism and close-to-home adventure in the Northeastern United States. They date from the 1930s through the end of World War II. They offer a visual record detailing the changes in travel and leisure behavior as the war approached and began to impact life due to travel restrictions, rationing, and conscription. Our specific goal within this project is to stabilize and appropriately house images determined to be in greatest need of immediate preservation and to add improved storage shelving to our Archives space to house this and other collections.

PG-233223-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsLyman Allyn Art MuseumPurchase of Archival Storage Furniture for Works on Paper1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Jane LeGrow   Lyman Allyn Art MuseumNew LondonCT06320-4130USA2015Art History and CriticismPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The purchase of three flat-drawer cabinet units for the storage of drawings, prints, photographs, and other works on paper. The museum holds a collection of American and European art containing over 16,000 objects, 1,800 of which are works of art on paper and consist primarily of prints, drawings, photographs, and watercolors ranging from the Old Masters to contemporary works. Collection highlights include John Singleton Copley’s three studies for the Siege of Gibraltar, Rockwell Kent woodcuts, and 19th-century daguerreotypes of Connecticut whaling captains. The collection serves as a cultural and educational resource for the people of New London and southeastern Connecticut, attracting approximately 20,000 visitors annually.

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut requests $6,000 to support the purchase of three archival-quality Viking flat-drawer cabinet units for the long term storage of drawings, prints, photographs and other works on paper in the permanent collection. A significant proportion of the Museum's approximately 1800 works on paper are currently stored in spatially inefficient and potentially harmful plywood units, in acidic mats, or in cardboard boxes. The collection includes works by 18th and 19th century American and European artists, as well as European Old Master drawings, works by American Modernists and contemporary photography. The requested cabinets would accommodate 250 - 400 works on paper, stored flat in Mylar sleeves and archival folders or in acid-free mats and backings. In support of the Museum's ongoing efforts to improve its collections care, capacity and accessibility, this project would alleviate poor storage situations while freeing up additional space.

PG-233550-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsPresbyterian Historical SocietyConservation Environment Assessment4/1/2016 - 9/30/2017$6,000.00Natalie Shilstut   Presbyterian Historical SocietyPhiladelphiaPA19147-1516USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Hiring an environmental engineer, preservation specialist, and HVAC technician to assess safety and security of the Presbyterian Historical Society’s collections by investigating its HVAC systems, building envelope, fire protection, lighting, and electrical systems and provide specific recommendations for sustainable improvements. The Presbyterian Historical Society is the national archive of the Presbyterian Church; its archival, library, and museum collections document 500 years of religious, political, and cultural history. Significant holdings include The American Indian Correspondence Collection consisting of 14,000 letters written by missionaries documenting their work among Native Americans, and over 23,000 cubic feet of official denominational records, including minutes from the first presbytery meeting in Philadelphia in 1706. This project responds to a January 2015 preservation needs assessment, which identified the development of an environmental monitoring program and a conservation environment survey as key short-term goals. The environmental monitoring program is already underway; this project would enable the team of experts to review this data and develop a plan for long-term improvement.

The NEH Preservation Assistance Grant will support a conservation environment assessment of all the Presbyterian Historical Society's collection spaces. This project will allow the Society to work collaboratively with a conservation environment engineer and a preservation specialist to assess the quality and efficiency of the HVAC system, building envelope, fire protection systems, and lighting and electrical systems; analyze environmental data collected over a full year; and provide institution-specific recommendations for sustainable improvement. The information gleaned from the survey will provide the foundation for planning HVAC and building modifications that will improve the Society's collection storage spaces and preserve its historic collections.

PG-233551-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsCounty of Chester, Chester County ArchivesChester County Archives Environmental Monitoring and Preservation of Oversized Records1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,142.00LaurieA.Rofini   County of Chester, Chester County ArchivesWest ChesterPA19382-4958USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5142051420

The purchase of preservation supplies and storage furniture to rehouse part of a large local history collection dating from the late 17th century to the present and serving scholarly researchers, genealogists, and members of the public. The archives maintains 2,940 volumes on the history of this Pennsylvania county and its environs, along with 1,823 cubic feet of county government records.  The latter includes vital statistics, naturalization, criminal and civil court, land, probate, and tax records.  The proposed project focuses on rehousing an estimated 700 oversized drafts and surveys.  Among them are drafts and surveys of early roads, election districts, municipal boundaries, the settlement of estates, and surveys and subdivision plans associated with recorded deeds. Finally, the applicant would purchase equipment to monitor environmental conditions in the storage areas.

Chester County Archives and Records Services (West Chester, PA) is requesting a Preservation Assistance Grant of $5,142. The grant will fund the purchase of storage furniture, equipment, and supplies that were recommended in the recent preservation needs assessment report done by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. This project will address two areas of concern identified in the report: the storage of oversized materials, and the monitoring of environmental conditions. The Archives collection, which dates from 1681 to 2006, documents over 325 years of county government operations and services and is widely used by the general public, students, and historians.

PG-233564-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsTrustees of Indiana UniversityPlanning, Supplies, and Training for the Rehousing and Storage of the GBL Photographic Collection1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,507.00MelodyK.Pope   Trustees of Indiana UniversityBloomingtonIN47405-7000USA2015ArchaeologyPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access550705506.570

Hiring a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment and workshop for staff on proper care and handling, and purchase of storage furniture and supplies, for a photography collection documenting archaeological sites, primarily in the state of Indiana.  The 12,000 photographic prints, 9,000 negatives, and 8,000 slides document archaeological sites and artifacts representing the full range of human occupation in Midwestern North America, including the Mississippian-period Angel Mounds site, located on the Ohio River.

The Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology (GBL) at Indiana University will engage a paper and film conservation specialist to develop and guide implementation of a detailed plan for improved storage and rehousing of the GBL's photographic collection. The GBL photographic collection includes negatives, prints, and slides totaling nearly 30,000 items. This special collection represents nearly 100 years of archaeological practice in the greater Midwestern United States, and covers a variety of topics including archaeological excavations, early scientific leaders in the field, artifact assemblages, educational programs, events for visitors, and historical documentation of the GBL. Most of the historic photos are original, unique, and irreplaceable. Funds will be used to engage the professional conservator to provide conservation assessments and on-site training, and purchase storage furniture and preservation supplies recommended by the conservator.

PG-233565-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsLong Island Museum of American Art, History, and CarriagesRehousing Supplies for Textile Collection and Integrated Pest Management Planning1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,604.00Joshua Ruff   Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and CarriagesStony BrookNY11790-1931USA2015Arts, OtherPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5604056040

The rehousing of approximately 850 textile objects related to American life, art, and transportation in Long Island, with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.  Items include household textiles and clothing related to the family of artist William Sidney Mount, historic costumes, samplers and quilts, and items of clothing related to the museum’s historic carriage collection. The project would also support the development and implementation of an integrated pest management system for the museum.

The Long Island Museum proposes a third phase of improved care for its renowned collection of historic textiles, horse-drawn vehicles, and American art. This request follows the successful completion of a conservation assessment survey and two previous collections care advancements, each supported by NEH preservation assistance grants. In this phase, LIM turns its attention towards additional objectives prioritized by conservator Gwen Spicer in her 2010 consultation. Spicer advised rehousing areas of the textile collection – specifically the museum's collections of clothing, footwear, quilts and coverlets. She also suggested implementing new housekeeping and IPM (Integrated Pest Management) plans and the adoption of a more "holistic approach in forming our collection care strategy." This is precisely what the LIM would like to accomplish. This phase will provide new archival rehousing for close to 850 of our textiles and the institution of new housekeeping and IPM plans.

PG-233578-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsSt. Olaf CollegeItem-Level Conservation Assessment of Rare and Valuable Books in the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Aimee Brown   St. Olaf CollegeNorthfieldMN55057-1574USA2015History of PhilosophyPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A preservation assessment of the pre-1865 rare book holdings at the Hong Kierkegaard Library.  The collection, amassed by Howard and Edna Hong, St. Olaf alumni and the philosopher’s first English translators, is the largest set of works by and about Kierkegaard outside of Denmark.  This project would address the 8,000 oldest volumes in the library’s 20,000-item collection.  The collection is used by established and emerging scholars from around the world, figuring prominently in new works on Kierkegaard, and the library offers fellowships and programs for researchers at many educational levels.  This grant would support an item-level preservation assessment, including detailed condition descriptions of the most valuable books, item-level conservation recommendations and prioritization, and staff training.

The St. Olaf College Hong Kierkegaard Library preserves the literary and philosophical legacy of Søren Kierkegaard. Rare primary and secondary materials used by Howard and Edna Hong to produce the first English translation of Kierkegaard form the Library's nucleus, which also contains editions matching those in Kierkegaard's personal library, and treatises forming the historical context in which he wrote. The Library is the world's largest repository of works by and about Kierkegaard outside of Denmark. A program of fellowships enables the Library to serve more than 175 international and U.S. scholars annually. For this project, we will engage Sherelyn Ogden, Conservator and Preservation Consultant, to undertake an item-level survey of the holdings. Her report will include detailed descriptions of the condition of the most valuable books in the collection, recommended actions for conservation of each item, a priority list of items to be conserved, and training for St. Olaf staff.

PG-233589-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsAdministrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, TheGeneral Preservation Assessment of Ancient Egyptian Collection1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Marcello Canuto   Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, TheNew OrleansLA70118-5698USA2015Near and Middle Eastern HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access600005923.940

Hiring a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment and offer a workshop on care and handling of objects for museum staff and purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse a historic collection of Egyptian mummies and associated artifacts that were acquired by the university in the 1850s.  The unique collection, which dates to the New Kingdom (between 1,500 and 850 BCE), consists of three wooden coffins with painted decoration, two mummies, their cartonnage cases, and accompanying papyrus and linen fragments.  It was part of a 19th-century traveling exhibit that came to Tulane (then the University of Louisiana) via George R. Gliddon, a United States Vice Consul in Cairo, who used the mummies to illustrate ancient burial techniques in his lectures.

A preservation assessment, training workshop, and purchase of storage supplies for the Ancient Egyptian Collection at Tulane University will allow researchers, students, and the public to access this collection more readily. This collection offers a unique glimpse into both ancient and nineteenth-century attitudes toward death and the dead. These artifacts and mummies from ancient Egypt came to the university in the 1850s after being part of a traveling lecture tour and a study that promoted the idea of polygenesis as support for slavery in the United States. While this collection is modest in size, no other collection in the world combines nineteenth-century American history, history of race in the United States, early history of Anthropology and Egyptology, and ancient Egyptian concepts of death and the afterlife in this way. In order to fully study and make accessible to the public this collection, its current conditions need to be assessed and subsequent recommendations carried out.

PG-233600-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsChicago Film Archives, NFPAssessment and Plan for Chicago Film Archive's Digital Collections1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Anne Wells   Chicago Film Archives, NFPChicagoIL60616-1120USA2015Cultural HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

hiring a consultant to assess the archives’ digital collections and to provide recommendations for their care. Chicago Film Archives’ audiovisual collections total 25,000 items including film and prints, videotapes, audiotapes, and ephemera reflecting life in the Midwest. Spanning almost the entire 20th century, they were produced between 1903 and the late 1990s. The visual materials encompass various genres, including documentaries, travelogues, educational and industrial films, dance, experimental films, student and art films as well as feature, foreign, and silent films, and home movies. At present, the collections are used for scholarly research and exhibitions and for educational and public programing in institutions across the United States.

CFA believes its staff and its ever-growing digital collections will benefit from a Digital Collections Assessment that addresses the production, workflow, and maintenance of CFA's valuable digital files. CFA completed a Facilities and Collections Assessment in 2007 that addressed general care and sustainability of CFA's film collections and its facility. Since then, CFA has generated thousands of digital files from the films, videotapes and audiotapes in its over 100 collections that it must store and track. These digital collections contain both access files (created at CFA for streaming and reference) and preservation files (high resolution files created at laboratories off-site to replace rapidly deteriorating tapes). CFA seeks funding to hire a Digital Collections Management consultant for: an assessment, workflow recommendations, planning for growth, and staff training in "best practices" pertaining to digital collections.

PG-233602-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsHistorical Society of WoodstockPreservation of the Collections of the Historical Society of Woodstock1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00JoAnn Margolis   Historical Society of WoodstockWoodstockNY12498-1466USA2015U.S. Regional StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and storage furniture as recommended in a 2010 conservation survey. The Historical Society of Woodstock is an all-volunteer organization responsible for the care of over 12,000 items and the historic Eames House. Founded in 1929 by a group of artists, writers, and local citizens, the Historical Society represents the dual identity of a small town as well as an art community of national interest. Its collections are primarily early works of local artists with additional personal scrapbooks, memorabilia, and photographs. Smaller collections of textiles, audio and visual recordings, and photographs document both the industrial history of the town as well as the artists’ colony. Photographs and artwork from the collection have informed numerous national and local exhibitions, and the society regularly sponsors activities for historians, filmmakers, and genealogists.

The Historical Society of Woodstock, founded in 1929, is an all-volunteer organization committed to preserving, documenting, and sharing our history. We are seeking funds to purchase preservation supplies to improve the storage of historical works in our collections based on the recommendations of Gwen Spicer, Conservation Assessment Survey, funded by a CAP Grant in 2010. In addition to the exhibition space, which is located at the historic Eames House in the center of Woodstock, the Historical Society has an extensive archive (more than 12,000 items) consisting of paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, textiles, photographs, books and manuscripts, correspondence, documents, and film/sound recordings, and is unique in the quality and size of its fine art collection, which includes over 700 paintings, prints, and drawings, many representative of Woodstock's rise as a premiere art colony. The archive serves as a resource for a wide range of exhibitions, public programming, and research.

PG-233603-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsPrecita Eyes Muralists Association, Inc.Precita Eyes Collections Preservation Project2/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$6,000.00Cornelia Bleul-Gohlke   Precita Eyes Muralists Association, Inc.San FranciscoCA94110-4133USA2015Arts, OtherPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Hiring a consultant and two graduate student interns to conduct a preservation assessment and provide recommendations for storage needs and improved public access for an archive related to murals in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. The applicant seeks to preserve documentation associated with 540 mural projects sponsored by the Precita Eyes Muralist Association since 1977. The collection contains original drawings, narratives, photos, and video of most of the murals, as well as nearly 100 “portable” murals on Tyvek, panels, and doors. In addition, the applicant maintains a reference archive of books, newsletters, and magazines documenting the muralist movement in the Bay Area. With the assistance of two interns, the consultant would conduct the first-ever assessment of the collection and advise on short- and long-term storage preservation needs.

Precita Eyes Muralists is requesting funding to preserve its historic collection of drawings, photographs, videos, and written narratives related to murals it has created primarily in the multi-cultural Mission neighborhood of San Francisco since 1977, as well as portable murals used in exhibits and local events. This collection also includes documentation of murals created by other groups and individuals in the Mission during this period. The Mission murals represent a unique merger of the art of ancient Central America and the Mexican muralist movement of the 1900's with art created in California by Latino immigrants and other artists beginning in the social and cultural upheavals of the 1960's. Many of these artworks have been destroyed by human action or weather over the years and live on only in the Precita archive. This grant will allow us to preserve this material and provide access to it for scholars, students and the general public.

PG-233619-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsBirthplace of Country Music, Inc.Preservation Assessment for Audiovisual, Paper, and Photographic Collections1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Rene Rodgers   Birthplace of Country Music, Inc.BristolTN37621-0216USA2015Music History and CriticismPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A preservation assessment of a country music collection consisting of photographs, archives, and audiovisual materials. Totaling approximately 124 linear feet, the museum’s holdings include 10 cylinder recordings and 1,500 studio master sound recordings, as well as a small collection of legacy audio playback machines, microphones, and radio equipment. Collectively, the media document the evolution of country musical forms and their cultural contexts and encompass a number of sub-genres, such as old-time, hillbilly, bluegrass, and gospel. The collections provide an important resource for scholars, community members, and visitors and are currently used for research, in exhibitions, and for public programs, including an upcoming Ken Burns documentary on country music.

This grant will support a preservation needs assessment for our museum collections at an important juncture in our life as an institution. Our museum opened in August 2014 after a decade of capital development and construction, and has been collecting for at least that long. Because of uneven funding, attempts to organize and preserve our holdings during much of this time were haphazard and based on a conservative collection strategy focused on items for core museum exhibits. Since June 2014 we have employed a full-time collections manager, who has provided more consistency in our preservation and organization efforts. As we prepare to renovate an adjacent building to include a larger archival storage space, this preservation needs assessment will help us prioritize our ongoing conservation efforts, re-evaluate our collections plan, and make the best use of our new archival space.

PG-233621-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsDavis and Elkins CollegePreservation Assessment for the Special Collections at Davis & Elkins College1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,994.20Mary Jo DeJoice   Davis and Elkins CollegeElkinsWV26241-3971USA2015U.S. Regional StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5994.205660.20

A preservation assessment of special collections related to the cultural and natural history of Appalachia including the Augusta Collection of Folk Culture, containing sound recordings, film, video, photographs, and cultural artifacts documenting folk life and folk artists; the 300,000-item Comstock Collection of materials from the career of newspaperman James Franklin Comstock; the Darby Collection of 10,000 items documenting West Virginia history; and the College Archives.  Highlights include an unparalleled set of recordings of previously undocumented traditional fiddlers, correspondence with Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, hours of videotaped interviews documenting the Swiss “Helvetia” community in central West Virginia, and 89 historic firearms.  The library supports workshops, publications, presentations, and research based on the collections.  This would be the institution’s first preservation assessment.

Booth Library and The Stirrup Gallery will contract with a preservation specialist to secure a general assessment for the special collections at Davis & Elkins College. Significant to Appalachian history and culture, they include: The Augusta Collection, an assemblage of primarily audiovisual material documenting over 40 years of traditional Appalachian music and dance; the Comstock Collection, including original manuscripts and correspondence from Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck; and the College Archives which house records for the Davis & Elkins National Historic Landmark District, as well as from the prolific Senators Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen Benton Elkins. The consultant will conduct an on-site assessment of the policies, practices, and conditions affecting the care and preservation of the collections and prepare a report that contains prioritized recommendations for future preservation action.

PG-233623-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsStar Island CorporationPreserving the Collections of the Celia Thaxter Museum on Star Island1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Kyle Belmont   Star Island CorporationPortsmouthNH03801-4305USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Purchase of environmental and light monitoring equipment, as well as installation of light-blocking, UV-filtering blinds and a vapor barrier to reduce humidity. The Celia Thaxter Museum on Star Island was founded in 1960 to preserve archival materials, paintings, and artifacts associated with the history of the Isles of Shoals, to educate visitors through exhibits and interpretive programs, and to support scholarly research. The collections document 400 years of island life and include approximately 600 Native American artifacts; 7,000 photographs and items of ephemera, 19th-century furniture from the island’s Grand Appledore Hotel, and objects owned by and relating to the life of island inhabitant and poet Celia Thaxter.

The Celia Thaxter Museum's collections chronicle more than 400 years of life on the Isles of Shoals, off the New Hampshire coast. The Shoals represent moments fundamental to understanding our American history. Some of the museum's artifacts have distinctive artistic value of more than regional importance; the collections are a national treasure in their representation of American cultural life. A 2014 CAP grant identified top priorities for improving the preservation and management of the collections. This proposed project addresses four of the highest priority recommendations of the CAP assessors: 1) installation of blinds to lessen light exposure in exhibit space; 2) purchase of a foot candle meter; 3) purchase of HOBO software for our HOBO monitors; 4) installation of a vapor barrier to reduce humidity in collections areas. These activities, which will be undertaken in consultation with a conservator, will result in a greatly improved preservation environment for the collections.

PG-233625-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsLandmark CollegeWindham College Preservation Assessment Project1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,989.00Mary Jane MacGuire   Landmark CollegePutneyVT05346USA2015Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5989059890

A preservation assessment and the purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse a collection of primary sources pertaining to Windham College, which operated from 1951 to 1978 in Putney, Vermont, on the present-day site of Landmark College.  The project would also entail training in preservation practices for staff of the Landmark College archives and nearby Putney Historical Society.  The collection comprises 30 linear feet of student newspapers, scrapbooks, photographs, school yearbooks, and administrative records documenting Windham College’s instructional focus on modern art and the involvement of its faculty and students in counterculture movements of the 1960s and 70s.  Among the short-lived school’s faculty and trustees were authors John Irving and Pearl S. Buck.

Landmark College and the Putney Historical Society hold collections from Windham College, a liberal arts college which operated in Putney, Vermont from 1951-78. The Windham College Preservation Project supports a collection-level assessment to conserve, organize and store materials at one site, the Landmark College Archives. This will allow for better intellectual and physical control of materials and better access for researchers. Windham College played an important role in creating Vermont's unique artistic character. Talented faculty artists, who would later become well-known names in the art world, used the campus to highlight changes in their artistic vision through exhibits and festivals that embraced not only the arts, but also the cultural movements of the day such as Back to the Land and later, the Anti-War Movement. Primary sources like yearbooks and student newspapers provide researchers a unique window into this creative and important era and deserve preservation.

PG-233635-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsProprietors Portsmouth AthenaeumPortsmouth Athenaeum Collections Care and Fire Safety Improvements1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Thomas Hardiman   Proprietors Portsmouth AthenaeumPortsmouthNH03801-4011USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Hiring an outside consultant to conduct a fire safety study and the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, including temperature/humidity monitors and a visible light meter.  The Portsmouth Athenaeum maintains an encyclopedic collection of materials related to the history and culture of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Founded in 1816, the Athenaeum holds diverse collections including important materials relating to the 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Russo-Japanese War. Other collection highlights include a 1979 dockyard model of the Portsmouth-built ship H.M.S. America and King George II’s 1737 proclamation settling the boundary between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. This proposal responds to a 2014 collections conservation assessment report identifying fire safety and improvement of the building envelope as a critical priority in the Athenaeum’s long-range collections planning.

The proposed project will support a fire safety study at the Portsmouth Athenaeum, and fund purchase of environmental monitoring equipment. Project activities will take place between January and March 2016. A recent collections conservation assessment identified fire risk and environmental conditions as our top collections care priorities. This project will lay the foundation for creation of an integrated master environmental improvement plan for the Athenaeum. The Athenaeum is steward to an extraordinary collection of manuscripts, objects, art, photographs, and rare and historic books and printed materials. These collections document the cultural, economic and political life of Portsmouth, New Hampshire's only major seaport, which played a significant role in American colonial, Revolutionary, and Early Republican history. Spanning centuries and representing historic cultural encounters worldwide, the Athenaeum's collections are of regional, national and international importance.

PG-233636-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsNuweetooun SchoolCollections Needs Assessment at the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum3/1/2016 - 8/31/2017$5,362.00Loren Spears   Nuweetooun SchoolExeterRI02822-1808USA2015Native American StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5362053620

Hiring a consultant to undertake a preservation assessment and offer training for staff to improve care for a collection of 100,000 archival items (personal journals, scrapbooks, newspapers, maps, tribal government documents, photographs, and slides), 500 library books, and 20,000 cultural objects that document indigenous peoples of southern New England.  Among the original writings are plays and pageants that depict 18th- and 19th-century historical events penned by Princess Red Wing (1895-1987), a historian, curator, storyteller, and founder of the museum.  Highlights of the collection include a prehistoric strand of wampum and a 19th-century canoe crafted entirely using traditional techniques and decorations.  The collections are used by historians, artists, filmmakers, authors, students, and the public at large.

Tomaquag Museum's goal is to evaluate the needs of our collection that focuses on southern New England tribes and highlights the Narragansett Tribe.  Our collection is utilized by Native & non-Native researchers, historians, authors, film-makers, students and artists.  We want to look at the risks to our collection and identify the preservation needs in our current site and to plan for the long range preservation of our collection in preparation for relocation.  The project will build upon the initiatives implemented from our 2006 CAP recommendations and also substantiate collections care needs objectively.  The conservator will provide training to address the special needs for the handling and storage of our collections with the goal to provide both safe accessibility to collections and minimize physical risks during collection relocation to our new facility in the coming years.  The plan will be used to support next steps in collections care, space management and new facility planning.

PG-233638-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsOregon State LibraryOregon State Library's Oregon Collection Preservation Re-Housing Project1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,981.00Marjorie Harrison   Oregon State LibrarySalemOR97301-3929USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5981059810

The purchase of furniture and supplies to rehouse nearly 4,000 items in a collection of more than 70,000 titles pertaining to Oregon’s history and culture. Books, periodicals, pamphlets, maps, and audiovisual items constitute the library’s collection, which is regularly used to support research by state agencies and the general public. Ongoing work supported by the library includes research on historic structures and landscapes for preservation and design projects, as well as scholarly research on topics that range from the history of African Americans in Oregon to the daily life of pioneers on the Oregon Trail.

The Oregon Collection at the Oregon State Library, Salem (OSL) is one of a handful of research-level collections on the history and culture of the Beaver State and the Pacific Northwest region. The collection contains more than 70,000 items, including books, periodicals, pamphlets, maps and audio-visual items. In the Fall of 2009, the library hired a conservator to perform a preservation collection assessment. She recommended that items in the collections that were stored in acidic envelopes and wrappers be re-housed. From 2012 to 2014, the Oregon Collection was inventoried and analyzed in preparation for it to be moved to a new space in the library. Nearly 4,000 items in the Oregon Collection were discovered to be in danger of deterioration due to acidic enclosures. This grant would pay for archival, acid-free, lignin-free envelopes and pamphlet binders to be used to properly house items in the Oregon Collection.

PG-233644-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsBronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation ParkPreservation Assessment of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Archives Film Collection1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Madeleine Thompson   Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation ParkBronxNY10460-1068USA2015History of SciencePreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A general preservation assessment of the collection of approximately 2,200 historical films taken by WCS staff over the course of the 20th century, documenting animals, visitors, and staff at the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium, as well as WCS’s international expeditions in support of wildlife conservation. The collection includes footage of a 1964 expedition to Patagonia to assess its threatened wildlife and studies of Komodo dragons in their native habitats taken during the 1970s. Only recently acquired by the archives, these films until now have been largely inaccessible. With proper preservation and organization, the films would be made available to the public, complementing the WCS’s extensive archival records presently used by scholars, educators, and students.

This grant will support a general preservation assessment of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Archives film collection, which contains approximately 2,200 film prints created by WCS zoo, aquarium, and field conservation staff over the 20th century. Acquired by the Archives in 2014, the film collection is expected to parallel the Archives' other collections in its value to the humanities and especially to those interested in the histories of zoos and aquariums, international wildlife conservation, and New York City. The preservation consultant will conduct a formal assessment of the film collection and its storage environment in order to inform the Archives' goals of creating a sustainable preservation plan for the collection and making it accessible. In turn, the assessment will support the Archives' future ability to prioritize within the collection, budget and plan for the collection's rehousing and stabilization, and determine options for the collection's accessibility.

PG-233645-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsChatham UniversityChatham University Special Collections Preservation Assessment1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Molly Tighe   Chatham UniversityPittsburghPA15229-1232USA2015Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A preservation assessment of the university’s archives and special collections, comprising over 740 linear feet of records, photographs, student and administrative publications, audiovisual recordings, architectural drawings, and artifacts.  The materials date to the founding of Chatham University in 1869, documenting the history of one of the nation’s first women’s colleges to grant baccalaureate degrees.  Highlights of the collection include papers of author and environmentalist Rachel Carson, a 1929 graduate of the university; books and illustrations on Mesoamerican anthropology and archaeology; and biographies, oral histories, artwork, and early maps depicting the history and culture of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania more generally.

A Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will support a preservation needs assessment of the Jennie King Mellon Library Archives and Special Collections at Chatham University. Chatham was founded in 1869 as Pennsylvania Female College and our Archives and Special Collections have been used extensively to enhance education, research, and learning within the organization and by the broader public and scholarly communities. Highlights include the Rachel Carson Collection, which documents the Chatham alumna's student experience and ongoing connection to the university, and the Snowdon Mesoamerican Collection,which contains rare lithographs and fine photography. These, as well as other materials in Special Collections, will be the focus of a project to develop a targeted preservation initiative to ensure long-term access to these unique learning resources.

PG-233647-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsHistoric Mobile Preservation SocietyGeneral Collections Assessment at the Historic Mobile Preservation Society1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Melanie Thornton   Historic Mobile Preservation SocietyMobileAL36604-2910USA2015U.S. Regional StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A general conservation assessment of the collections housed in the Historic Oakleigh House, a circa 1833 Greek Revival house museum, and the archival collection housed in the Minnie Mitchell Archives building, constructed in 1980.  Two conservators, one specializing in furniture and woodwork and the other in paper-based collections, would review the museum’s holdings and provide the organization a first assessment with which to plan for future preservation.  Highlights of the collection include a Thomas Sully portrait of Madame Octavia LeVert, a portrait of actor Edwin Booth, and several personal items of James C. Calhoun, including his ink well and hair bracelet.  The artifacts and archives support interpretive programs on the antebellum South for 4,000 visitors annually, as well as for students of public history, art history, and material culture at the University of Southern Alabama, Springhill College, and the University of Mobile.

The grant will provide funds for the Historic Mobile Preservation Society to hire conservation specialists to conduct a general assessment of the museum and archival collections housed at the Historic Oakleigh House and the Minnie Mitchell Archives. The museum and archival collection are significant in learning and interpreting the history of Mobile, a 300-year-old port city along the Gulf Coast. With over 1,150 artifacts and roughly 12,500 archival items, the collection is representative of various time periods of Mobile's history, with the primary focus on 1840-1860. The collection is a primary resource for scholars, students, authors and historians, who are researching the history of Mobile. Through our university partnerships, the collection at HMPS is integral to the post-secondary humanities education in Mobile. With the recently adopted Collections Management Policy, a collections assessment is the vital next step in long-term planning for preservation and care of the collection.

PG-233652-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsIdaho State UniversityThe Eli M. Oboler Library Special Collections and Archives Preservation Assessment1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00EllenM.Ryan   Idaho State UniversityPocatelloID83201-5377USA2015U.S. Regional StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A preservation assessment of the university’s special collections and archives, containing published and unpublished sources focusing on the history and culture of the Intermountain West.  Sources include 2,779 linear feet of manuscript collections, 74,000 photographs, and 2,300 maps and architectural drawings pertaining to the region dating from the 19th century to the present.  These materials document the development of the natural and built environments in Idaho and surrounding states, the history of westward expansion and the Oregon Trail, the experiences of several Native American and immigrant communities, the growth and evolution of railroads and mining companies, and the internment of Japanese Americans and detention of German prisoners of war in Western states during World War II.

The NEH Preservation Assistance Grant will fund a preservation consultant to conduct a general preservation assessment of the Special Collections and Archives housed in the Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University. These collections comprise 2,779 linear feet of unique manuscripts, maps, photographs, and ephemera dating from the mid-19th century to the present that focus on the history of Pocatello, Idaho, the Fort Hall Reservation, and the Intermountain West, plus 3,800 rare books dating from the 16th century to the present. The primary goal of the project is to develop strategies for improving current collections care practices for Special Collections that will form the basis of an action plan and support future access of our collections.

PG-233653-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsSt. Norbert CollegePreservation Furniture and Supplies for St. Norbert College Art Galleries and Collections1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Shan Bryan-Hanson   St. Norbert CollegeDe PereWI54115-2099USA2015Arts, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The purchase of preservation furniture, environmental monitoring equipment, and rehousing supplies as recommended in the Preservation Needs Assessment survey completed in 2014 with NEH support. The St. Norbert College Art Collection comprises approximately 1,000 works of art dating from the 13th century to the present. Approximately 60 percent of the collection consists of works on paper, with an emphasis on modern prints, drawings, and photographs. The remainder consists of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, and decorative objects. Highlights include a small collection of 20th-century Native American pottery, a painting by Salvador Dali, and the complete portfolio suite of “Rainer Maria Rilke, For the Sake of a Single Verse” by Ben Shahn.

The Art Galleries and Collections serve to inspire, enhance and culturally enrich scholarship at St. Norbert College and within the greater community through the collection, preservation and exhibition of art. The art collection, comprised of approximately one thousand objects, supports humanities research by providing students direct access to original art. Works such as Ben Shahn's, For the sake of a single verse.... from the Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke, and a collection of 13th c. Illuminated manuscript pages support the traditions on which the College was founded. The Art Galleries have actively engaged in a series of steps designed to ensure best practices in collections and organization management. This project focuses on preservation furniture and supply needs recommended in a General Preservation Needs Assessment of the SNC Art Galleries and Collections, completed by Midwest Art Conservation Center in 2014 and funded by the NEH.

PG-233656-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsWestern Carolina UniversityA Digital Preservation Assessment for Hunter Library1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Mark Stoffan   Western Carolina UniversityCullowheeNC28723-9646USA2015Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A preservation assessment of digital collections produced by the university library along with an on-site workshop for staff on digital preservation.  The sources include several thousand digitized photographs, letters, sound recordings, material culture objects, and other items maintained by the library’s Special Collections unit.  Among the highlights are over 300 images of Cherokee art and audio recordings of the Cherokee language, 70 Civil War letters, 2,000 samples of Appalachian craft arts, and 300 radio programs containing life stories of Great Smoky Mountain residents from the 1920s to the present.  These digitized materials have been actively used by scholars, students, and others, including filmmaker Ken Burns, for his documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

Hunter Library has 12 digital collections focusing on the humanities. These include substantial material on Appalachian history and culture, Civil War correspondence, the life of woodsman Horace Kephart, and the social history of western North Carolina. These collections are used heavily by humanities scholars across a number of disciplines, including historians, anthropologists, and students of native Cherokee culture. Long-term preservation of these important digital collections is not assured. The library proposes to work with Tom Clareson, a consultant and trainer for LYRASIS, who has consulted with other institutions on similar projects. The consultant will survey staff and assess the library's need for digital preservation, provide a staff workshop, and complete a report with an outline of a digital preservation plan. Hunter Library staff will use the report as a basis for preparing a 5-year digital preservation plan as mandated in Hunter Library's Strategic Plan, 2012-2020.

PG-233657-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsKupferberg Holocaust Resource CenterPreservation Assessment of Archival Holdings1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,500.00Dan Leshem   Kupferberg Holocaust Resource CenterBaysideNY11364-1432USA2015Jewish StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5500055000

A preservation assessment of the center’s archives, which encompass approximately 200 distinct collections of materials on the Holocaust.  Included are prints and photographs, letters, family albums, postcards, newspapers, magazines, sheet music, magazines, stamps, textiles, artifacts, and works of art. Many of the collections were donated to the center by members of the local community in Queens and represent family histories of the Holocaust. The collections continue to be used extensively for education and public events within the Queensborough Community College community, and also broadly by organizations interested in the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights.

The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives (KHRCA) at Queensborough Community College (CUNY) is an educational laboratory that serves hundreds of students from high schools and colleges, community members, and researchers. The center hosts dozens of lectures, film screenings, commemoration events, and two original exhibits each year. The archival holdings of the KHRCA contain several hundred collections of letters, identity documents, recorded oral histories, and artifacts relating to the Holocaust. These items document the Holocaust's impact on Queens before, during, and after the war. The letters are mostly between family held under Nazi occupation and their relatives in the United States, primarily in Queens. Our identity card artifacts include ghetto IDs, ration cards from various European ghettos, original money transfer orders from the Jewish Joint to ghetto inhabitants, and similar materials.

PG-233658-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsVirginia Museum of History & CultureRehousing the Small Objects in the General Museum Collection at the Virginia Historical Society1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,941.00Rebecca Rose   Virginia Museum of History & CultureRichmondVA23220-3307USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5941059410

The rehousing of over 2,000 small objects such as arrows, pipes, beads, buttons, fabric, jewelry, medical tools, political pins, and commemorative medals that represent a broad cross-section of the history of the peoples of Virginia including Native American cultures, the colonial period, the two World Wars, and 9/11.

This grant will specifically support the preservation of more than 2,000 small objects in the general museum collection at the Virginia Historical Society which span the late 1700s to the early 2000s. A grant will enable us to rehouse, update record descriptions, and selectively digitize our small object collection. Our rehousing project will be carried out in one year (January 1 – December 31, 2016), and we will use archival storage materials and separate small objects that are stored currently in acidic housings with other, often dissimilar objects. The materials targeted form a small but significant part of the VHS's more than 8.5 million collections pieces that consist of items relating to every region, time period, and socio-economic group in Virginia history many also having significant importance to the nation's history. This project focuses on more than 2,000 small objects in the general museum collection, which includes a diverse and interdisciplinary assortment of objects.

PG-233660-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsNew York Academy of MedicinePreservation Supplies for a Collection of Historical Medical Pamphlets1/1/2016 - 1/31/2018$6,000.00PaulH.Theerman   New York Academy of MedicineNew YorkNY10029-5207USA2015History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and MedicinePreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse the library’s collection of approximately 50,000 health pamphlets dating from the 19th through the first half of the 20th century. The materials in this collection, which is part of a larger collection of pamphlets, were created for the purpose of educating the public about health and wellness issues, providing advice published in many languages for travelers and immigrants, and promoting new food production technologies and recipes. Collectively, they offer significant historical perspectives regarding health concerns and changing attitudes to disease, diet, and medical training. Currently, the collection is heavily used by the staff of the New York Academy of Medicine for training, tours, and coursework, as well as by outside scholars and educators. The library also collaborates with local museums, such as The Museum of the City of New York, in developing exhibitions.

This grant would support the purchase of preservation supplies needed to rehouse The New York Academy of Medicine Library's Health Pamphlet Collection, creating a long-term solution for the safe handling and efficient access and storage of these materials. This well-used and historically significant collection is comprised of approximately 50,000 pamphlets that date from the 19th through the first half of the 20th century and illuminate a range of health-related issues—including, for example, health and wellness education; travel and tourism; food production and history; medical education; and mental health—through the lens of that time period. Because of its current storage, the collection is at high risk of damage and potential loss. Although the Academy has current supplies and funding to carry out a portion of this important project, financial support from the NEH would ensure that the collection can be rehoused in its entirety and made accessible to both current and future users.

PG-233661-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsCity of BostonOptimizing Storage Environment for Preservation of the Archives of the City of Boston1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00JohnJosephMcColgan   City of BostonWest RoxburyMA02132-4905USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access600004936.250

The purchase of equipment to monitor environmental conditions in an archive housing approximately 18,000 cubic feet of municipal records.  Established in 1989, the Boston City Archive manages an extensive collection of paper records and bound volumes, as well as plans and drawings, photographs, audiovisual materials, and microforms.  Among its oldest holdings are the “Town Book” (1634-1660) and correspondence signed by John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, and Paul Revere.  Other highlights include the records of the board of aldermen (1822-1909) and city council (1822-2010), election records (1857-1978), and school desegregation records (1952-2004).  These and other documents offer a comprehensive look at more than 300 years of Boston’s history, from its initial founding in 1630, through its incorporation as a city in 1822, up to the present.

The project will support an initiative to establish sustainable environment optimal for preservation of Boston's municipal archives. These records document governance of one of the nation's original communities and great cities and serve as sources for a wide array of historical research. Grant funds will support basic equipment and consultation for development of an environmental monitoring system that will help manage the records environment to industry-wide standards.

PG-233666-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsUniversity of IowaAssessment and Long-Range Planning for the Care and Sustainability of the Textile Collection of the University of Iowa Museum1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,698.00KatherineLynnWilson   University of IowaIowa CityIA52242-1320USA2015Arts, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5698056980

Hiring a consultant to undertake a preservation assessment of a collection of approximately 700 textiles from Africa, Turkey, and the Andes that document diverse textile traditions from around the world.  Highlights from the collection include mid-20th-century cloths from the Yoruba (Nigeria), Kuba (Zaire), and Bamana (Mali) peoples; 19th-and 20th-century flat woven kilims, pillows, and saddle bags from Turkey; and mantles and sashes from the prehistoric Nazca culture of Peru.

The collections that are the focus of the project are African, ancient Andean,and Turkish textiles. All are significant to the humanities because the woven designs reflect the hopes, fears, dreams, and aspirations of the weavers who made them. The symbols of these textiles reveal the essence of social order, religious and philosophical practices, and technological systems. The goal of the grant is to support a preservation assessment of the approximately 700 items in the textile collections of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. The activities that the grant would support are: a) site visit by one conservator to examine the collections, interview relevant staff, review collections management policy, and present preliminary findings, b)written report by the conservator which includes recommendations for short- and long-term actions, and integration of preservation needs with the strategic plan, and c) on site presentation of findings by the conservator to UIMA stakeholder groups.

PG-233678-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsMuseum of Chinese in AmericaMechanical System and Storage Environment Assessment at the Museum of Chinese in America1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Yue Ma   Museum of Chinese in AmericaNew YorkNY10013-3601USA2015Asian American StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Hiring a consultant to assess environmental conditions and evaluate mechanical systems in the museum’s storage and off-site exhibition areas. The Museum of Chinese in America is a nationally significant and heavily used repository of materials documenting Chinese life in America. The museum’s collection contains over 65,000 documents, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia, while the library contains an additional 10,000 audiovisual recordings, books, magazines, and newspapers. Central to the library’s holdings are its oral history interviews, which record the personal experiences of Chinese and Chinese Americans in the New York Chinatown area, and the only surviving physical copies of the Chinese American Times.

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) respectfully requests $6,000 to commission Jeremy Linden, an Environmental Specialist from the Image Permanence Institute to visit the collections space at 70 Mulberry Street and the exhibition space at 215 Centre Street in New York City to assess their mechanical systems. This would be the next step of a long-term effort to preserve an important collection that documents Chinese American history and culture. The project will allow MOCA to utilize the data collected by the data loggers that were purchased and installed last year with the help of an award from the NEH. The consultation with the Environmental Specialist will include analysis of the preservation quality of monitored storage locations for specific collection types and suggestions for sustainable environmental parameters which lead to optimal operation by providing the best possible storage environment and the least possible consumption of energy.

PG-233685-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsHistory San JosePreserving and Enhancing Access to Santa Clara Valley's Built Environment Archive at History San Jose1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,980.00Catherine Mills   History San JoseSan JoseCA95112-2599USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5980059800

The purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment, for History San Jose, a historical site centered on the Pueblo San Jose first established by Spanish missionaries and explorers in northern California in 1777.   History San Jose encompasses 32 historic structures at three different locations.  Among its collections are 500,000 artifacts mostly documenting Native American life and the history of Spanish and Mexican rule.  Holdings also include 50,000 photographs; more than 5,000 linear feet of municipal records, architectural drawings, and oral histories; and 1,400 maps from the 18th century.  In addition to rehousing some of the historic maps and drawings, the project would also support a workshop for museum staff on the handling and preservation of archival materials.

As part of our mission, History San Jose (HSJ) provides public access to historical materials regarding the evolving San Jose and Santa Clara Valley area. This grant will support enhanced environmental monitoring in HSJ's primary collection storage areas by adding data loggers. The grant will allow us to purchase map folders and blotting paper in order to flatten and house approx. 27 cu. ft. of oversized rolled maps, architectural drawings, and large-format ephemera, as part of a larger initiative to rehouse more than 2700 maps and architectural drawings. Materials from this collection will enhance HSJ's exhibit programs, both physical and online. Humanities scholars will benefit from materials that illuminate sociological issues such as redevelopment, housing, and urban sprawl; the impact of economic, demographic, and technological changes on the land; and the relationship between our many immigrant groups and the Valley's culture and historical geography.

PG-233690-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsCharleston County GovernmentPreservation at the Charleston County Records Center: Preservation Needs Assessment and Material Rehousing1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Haley Doty Vaden   Charleston County GovernmentNorth CharlestonSC29405-7464USA2015American GovernmentPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access600005937.150

The hiring of a consultant to carry out a preservation needs assessment and the purchase of preservation supplies to help preserve an extensive collection of municipal records from the South Carolina Low Country.  The holdings of Charleston County include numerous official documents: probate court records, marriage license registers, deed books, and plat maps. All told, the collection encompasses 20,000 cubic feet of boxed records and 3,500 sets of bound and unbound documents.  They offer a rich source of information on community life, race relations, and the family in coastal South Carolina. The project focuses on the preservation of the oldest and most delicate paper-based materials, some of them dating to the period of British colonial rule in South Carolina.

The goal of the Preservation Assistance Grant project is to support two activities at the Charleston County Records Center (CCRC). The first activity will be to hire a consultant who will conduct a preservation needs assessment, focusing on the oldest and most historically significant documents in the collection. These historic records include Probate Estate Files from the 1760s – 1850s, Plats from the 1750s – 1960s, Clerk of Court Metallic Case Files from the early 1800s – 1960s, and Mortgages & Deeds from the late 1800s – 1960s. The grant will also fund the purchase of preservation supplies to replace and rehouse archival collections. These supplies will include acid free boxes, archival file folders, and glassine interleaving paper. The Preservation Assistance Grant will support CCRC by ensuring records are properly housed and stored, preserving historic documents of Charleston County for the government, citizens, and the public to access for administrative and educational purposes.

PG-233693-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsHenry Morrison Flagler MuseumShelving for Furniture Collections Storage3/1/2016 - 8/31/2017$6,000.00Tracy Kamerer   Henry Morrison Flagler MuseumPalm BeachFL33480-0969USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The purchase of shelving to store 105 furniture pieces original to the estate of industrialist Henry Flagler dating from the mid-18th to early 20th centuries and representing the varied cultural tastes and artistic styles of the Gilded Age, including Classical Revival, Renaissance Revival, English Arts and Crafts, Egyptian Revival, and Louis XV.

Whitehall, a National Historic Landmark, was the winter home of Henry Flagler, founding partner of Standard Oil, builder of the Florida East Coast Railway, and the inventor of Modern Florida. Its interiors were created by the highly acclaimed firm of Pottier and Stymus. Along with Whitehall's décor, its furniture collection vividly illustrates the most significant styles of the Gilded Age and serves as an important tool for Museum interpretation. Furniture comprises a large subgroup of the Flagler Museum's collections and most of the collection is original to Whitehall or its owners. This grant will fund the purchase of stationary shelving racks for the furniture collection in Whitehall's third floor storage area. The new shelving will meet professional archival standards for long-term conservation and storage stability. The project's goal is to greatly improve the storage environment and increase capacity, fulfilling recommendations from both CAP and Furniture Survey Consultants.

PG-233696-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsEastern Kentucky UniversityEastern Kentucky University Libraries Digital Preservation Consultation1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Jackie Couture   Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondKY40475-3102USA2015U.S. Regional StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access600005031.250

A preservation assessment of digital collections maintained by the university library, comprising 5,500 items.  Materials include faculty research, student newspapers, photographs, manuscripts, and oral history recordings documenting the history of the university and surrounding eastern Kentucky region, in addition to supporting various fields of research interest among faculty. Among the subjects covered in digitized oral histories are Appalachian culture, transportation, farming, coal mining, politics, the Great Depression, and the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps.

EKU Libraries requests funds to hire a consultant to assist in the preparation of a Digital Preservation Plan to aid in long-term preservation of the Library's digital assets. These assets include the research, creative works, and history of Eastern Kentucky University that are found in the Encompass Digital Archive. The works in this archive span the breadth of the disciplines and majors at EKU, including those in the humanities. Equally important are the digital and digitized collections found in Special Collections and Archives. These collections offer students and researchers around the world unique resources to enhance social, cultural and political scholarship in the humanities. The ethnographic potential of these materials as well as the place based educational tools that they provide make them increasingly important to the Appalachian service region of Eastern Kentucky University.

PG-233701-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsHistoric Deerfield, Inc.Developing an Emergency Preparedness Plan for Historic Deerfield Collections1/1/2016 - 6/30/2018$6,000.00Amanda Lange   Historic Deerfield, Inc.DeerfieldMA01342-0321USA2015U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The creation of an emergency preparedness plan for the collections of Historic Deerfield and a two-day training session for 16 staff members that will form a “Collections Response Team.”  The grant would allow the museum to hire two qualified consultants to help staff plan to secure historic properties and collections in the event of an emergency, such as a hurricane or flood, by identifying objects requiring evacuation or special protective measures.  The museum’s historic houses, dating from the 1730s to the 1840s, and the Flynt Center for Early New England Life exhibit a historically important collection of decorative arts in America, with a particular focus on the material culture of the Connecticut River Valley.

The NEH Preservation Assistance Grant would support the development of an emergency preparedness plan specifically addressing Historic Deerfield (HD)'s collections. HD has a fully operational plan in place for emergencies that affect personnel and visitors. Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy made HD acutely aware of the urgency of creating an integrated plan to prepare for and respond to an emergency event that impacts the collections. With more than 27,000 objects and 12 historic houses open to the public, this is the next step in implementing the recommendations of the General Conservation Survey Report completed in September 2014. This grant would facilitate the development of a Collections Response Team (CRT), its training, a reporting structure, preventative measures, and a recovery plan for collections post-emergency. The grant would also provide focused training with two consultants to develop these resources and practice disaster recovery scenarios.

PG-233702-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsDavidson CollegeDavidson College Archives and Special Collections Comprehensive Preservation Plans1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Caitlin Christian-Lamb   Davidson CollegeDavidsonNC28036-9405USA2015Public HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Preservation assessments of the physical and digital collections related to Davidson College and the southeastern United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.  The organization’s digital collections include 58 born-digital films, 3,500 digitized photographs, 20 born-digital audio files, dozens of digitized manuscript letters, diaries, and college-related documents, and 8 digitized special collections.  Physical collections include 30,000 catalogued prints, 950 manuscript and archival collections, 700 objects, a 1,000-item audiovisual media collection, and 2,000 rare items.  Highlights include Under Lake Norman, a community crowdsourcing and curricular project chronicling the history and personal recollections of the creation of Lake Norman by flooding thousands of acres of farmland, an Arabic-language Bible owned by Omar Ibn Sayyid, an African Muslim slave living in 19th-century North Carolina, oral histories documenting the history of the region and town, and a collection of rare items related to Presbyterian Church history.  These materials are used widely in teaching and community outreach, including an active crowdsourced digitization project, and collaborative scholarship.  This would be the first preservation assessment for this institution.

The Davidson College Archives and Special Collections holdings include historic and rare items related to Davidson as well as North Carolina and the southeastern US in the 19th and 20th centuries. The collections exist in both physical and digital formats, and are used extensively for pedagogy, research and community outreach. Preservation efforts have been ad hoc, and comprehensive assessment is needed to ensure the continued utility of, and access to, these important humanities collections, especially as usage demands increase and born-digital objects resulting from the infusion of digital humanities in the curriculum expand. A consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center will be engaged to conduct concurrent physical and digital preservation assessments. Subsequently, a suite of short- and long-term plans and policies for preserving these diverse collections will be developed and implemented within the context of the institution-wide Academic Neighborhood initiative.

PG-233707-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsAdministrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, TheCollaborative Disaster Preparedness in New Orleans1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00DonnaCapelleCook   Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, TheNew OrleansLA70118-5698USA2015Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access600005897.490

Workshops about disaster preparedness and response for New Orleans cultural heritage institutions and the launch of a New Orleans Alliance for Response.  Six New Orleans cultural heritage institutions would collaborate on this project: the Amistad Research Center, the Louisiana Division/City Archives of New Orleans Public Library, the Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Tulane University Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, the Louisiana State Museum, and the National World War II Museum.  Collections span many subjects including jazz, southeastern architecture, Catholic history, the African Diaspora, civil rights, the history of the Second World War, and the history and art of New Orleans and Louisiana.  Highlights include the Carnival Collection of original floats and costume designs from 1873 to the present, oral histories of New Orleans musicians, the records of the Archdiocese of New Orleans dating back to 1769, Orleans Parish civil and criminal court records, and comprehensive documents of French and Spanish colonial rule from 1718 to 1803.  This award would support three workshops on collaborative preparedness and response and hands-on recovery of book, paper, and audiovisual materials.  A fourth event would launch the New Orleans Alliance for Response. Assessments in 2014 and 2015 funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services identified the need for collaborative disaster response planning and training in New Orleans, which is highly vulnerable to natural disasters and where collections at nearly all the participating institutions were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Tulane University is seeking funding to support a series of disaster preparedness and response workshops in New Orleans to serve multiple cultural heritage institutions, with the ultimate goal of establishing an ongoing network for collaborative disaster preparedness and response in New Orleans. The project will consist of a series of three workshops and an initial meeting of a New Orleans Alliance for Response (NOAR). The three workshops will focus on collaborative disaster planning and preparedness, hands-on recovery of book and paper materials, and hands-on recovery of audiovisual media. The workshops and establishing the NOAR will help cultural heritage institutions in New Orleans be better prepared for a disaster in this vulnerable area of the country and build skills, vocabularies, and agreements amongst participants to make a collaborative response effort proceed more efficiently in case of an actual event.

PG-233725-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsNewport Restoration FoundationAssessment of Historic Preservation Archives and Staff Training for Managing Public Access1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00MargotM.Nishimura   Newport Restoration FoundationNewportRI02840-2932USA2015Public HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A preservation assessment of an archive comprising roughly 200 linear feet of architectural plans, elevations, and photographic documentation dealing with the restoration of more than 80 historic structures in Newport, Rhode Island, since 1968. Included in the collection are important historical renderings of the James B. Duke mansion in Newport and documentation of other colonial and early houses that illustrate local architecture and also give insight into different restoration approaches over time, in some cases spanning more than two centuries. The archival materials are used for the foundation’s publications and educational programming. Once it is fully preserved, the collection would be more accessible to researchers from outside the organization with the potential to contribute to our understanding of the social and cultural histories of the Newport area and, more broadly, to the development of historic preservation in the United States. The grant would also support a two-day archival training workshop for the foundation’s staff and the purchase of some preservation supplies.

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), founded in 1968 to preserve Newport's then threatened colonial architectural heritage, has an institutional archive fifty years in the making. Among its treasures are architectural plans, elevations, and photographic documentation of restoration from 1968 to the present of 80+ historic structures in the Newport, RI, region; plans from the firms of Horace Trumbauer and Frederick Law Olmsted for the expansion and landscaping of the Rough Point mansion in Newport; and other organizational records that bear witness to the remarkable history of a growing preservation movement in New England in the 1960s and 1970s. The NRF would like for its archives to support research into this movement and the history of heritage preservation generally. We are asking for a PAG of $6000 for a consulting archivist to advise on how best to do this and begin to train staff in best practices for managing access to the NRF archives, for staff and public alike.

PG-233729-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsUCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los AngelesImproving Environmental Conditions for UCLA Ethnomusicology Collections1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$3,783.00AaronMichaelBittel   UCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesCA90024-4201USA2015EthnomusicologyPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access3783037830

The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for UCLA’s Ethnomusicology Archive, which is housed in the university’s music building. Collections number nearly 150,000 recordings and include unique field recordings, as well as commercially produced recordings of traditional, folk, popular, and art music from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific islands, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Some highlights include the earliest known recordings of some rural Mexican musical traditions from the 1960s and the “race” records and “hillbilly” music of D.K. Wilgus, a renowned scholar of folksongs and ballads. The collection is used broadly by the UCLA community and by scholars from all over the world.

The UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is part of one of the oldest and most highly regarded academic programs (and the only independent department) in ethnomusicology in the U.S. Its audiovisual collections have been central to the Department as research collections and teaching resources since the Archive's founding in 1961. The Archive is accessible to the public and serves scholars and students from around the world, as well the UCLA and Southern California communities at large, and have exposed innumerable people to music traditions from around the world. The applicant seeks funding to improve environmental monitoring and collection care in collections spaces, as a result of recommendations made in a recent preservation assessment. Environmental monitors will be used as part of an early detection system, long-term monitoring, and to provide data for a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant application to address long-term collection safety and stability.

PG-233736-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsIllinois Holocaust Museum and Education CenterStabilizing the Storage Environment of the Museum's Art Collection2/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$5,661.00Arielle Weininger   Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education CenterSkokieIL60077-1095USA2015Arts, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5661056610

The purchase of storage furniture, light-blocking curtains, and materials to rehouse 62 paintings, sculptures, and works of art on paper in the museum’s 240-object fine art collection. Included in this collection are 13 drawings and paintings by Arie Singer narrating his experience in the Belarussian Glebokie ghetto and 10 watercolors painted by Georg Wolff and Ferdinand Bloch documenting the people and buildings of the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The Holocaust Memorial Foundation commemorates the victims of genocide through a collection of over 24,000 artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, publications and pamphlets, maps, and personal items from before 1945. There are also postwar materials such as documentaries, made-for-TV films, news footage, and oral histories. The collections are used for exhibitions, tours, and educating docents and the public, including family members seeking to connect with their families’ past. This application responds to a 2011 conservation assessment which recommends re-housing 62 of the Foundation’s 240 works of fine art.

This grant will support the purchase of an additional art storage rack, materials to construct a light-protecting curtain, and preservation supplies including microchamber paper, UV film, corrugated board and ethafoam to rehouse and/or protect framed artworks and sculptures that are part of the Museum's Fine Art Collection. These activities are derived from recommendations in a CAP Collection Survey performed in 2011. The Fine Art Collection consists of approx. 240 artworks produced by artists in the 20th century examining the visual interpretation of memory and massive loss of people and cultures following mass murder, war, or genocide. The interpretation of the Holocaust and other genocides serve an important role today where the promotion of peace and understanding is essential in preventing future violence and mass atrocities. This grant will allow the Museum to improve storage conditions and preservation of approx. 62 pieces or 26% of the Fine Art Collection.