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PF-266604-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsArizona Board of RegentsAssuring Sustainable Collection Growth with High-Density Mobile Storage10/1/2019 - 1/31/2021$106,299.00Sarah Kortemeier   Arizona Board of RegentsTucsonAZ85721-0073USA2019Literature, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access1062990106298.920

The purchase and installation of a high-density mobile storage system in the archives room of the University of Arizona Poetry Center (UAPC).

The University of Arizona Poetry Center (UAPC), one of the most extensive and accessible collections of contemporary poetry in the United States, will purchase and install a mechanical-assist high-density mobile storage system in the organization’s closed-stacks Archives Room. This project is the culmination of a major preservation initiative that began in 2014 with a Preservation Assessment funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions. Achieving the goals and recommendations of the assessment is a key priority of UAPC’s 2014–2019 Strategic Plan, which recognizes the library’s collections as a crucial part of UAPC’s identity; the completion of this project will mark the fulfillment of this key priority. The project increases sustainability at UAPC by providing space for 15 to 20 years of sustainable collection growth, placing UAPC in the strongest possible position to preserve its nationally significant humanities collections.

PF-266605-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsCity of High PointAnalysis and Optimization of the High Point Museum's Preservation Environment10/1/2019 - 7/31/2021$21,694.00Corinne Midgett   City of High PointHigh PointNC27262-3451USA2019History, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access21694021621.390

A Planning grant to monitor and analyze the preservation environment in the High Point Museum’s storage and exhibition spaces.  The museum’s collections include 20,000 artifacts, 8,000 archival records, and 15,000 print photographs that document the furniture, transportation, and textile industries of High Point, North Carolina, located in the state’s Piedmont Triad region.

Through this grant, a multi-disciplinary team, including two consultants from the Image Permanence Institute, will monitor and analyze the preservation environment in the High Point Museum’s storage and exhibition spaces. The museum’s environmental systems are aging, complicating maintenance and causing partial failures. After collecting and evaluating environmental data for one year, the project team will be able to optimize the performance of the current systems for preservation and energy savings.

PF-266622-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsAbilene Christian UniversityPlanning for a Sustainable Preservation Environment10/1/2019 - 9/30/2022$40,000.00Mac Ice   Abilene Christian UniversityAbileneTX79601-3761USA2019History of ReligionSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access400000400000

A planning project to improve the storage environment for preserving Abilene Christian University’s special collections and archives, which document the role of evangelical revivalism in American Christianity from the late eighteenth century to the present.  The library holds rare books and nearly 500 manuscript collections related to the Stone-Campbell religious movement (also known as the American Restoration movement), as well as records pertaining to the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) denomination and the non-denominational Churches of Christ and Christian Churches congregations.

The principal activities of this project involve an evaluation of the storage and stacks area of Brown Library that is dedicated to housing Special Collections and Archives (SCA). Given the location of Abilene Christian University (ACU) in West Texas, the performance of the existing HVAC system in its ambient climate presents challenges and opportunities that are currently under-examined, rendering our operation inefficient, under-controlled, and therefore under-utilized to the best advantage of the university in stewarding the collection. We seek an integrated design approach whereby we will evaluate and analyze these conditions and the performance of the HVAC system. The findings of this analysis should surface a variety of potential sustainable remedial solutions that will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the systems, mitigate risk factors such as uncontrolled temperature and humidity variations, and extend the life of the collection.

PF-266657-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsConfederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw IndiansSustainable Collections Preservation Planning10/1/2019 - 9/30/2021$40,000.00Jeff Stump   Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw IndiansCoos BayOR97420-2895USA2019Native American StudiesSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access400000400000

Planning for sustainable lighting, improvements in the storage environment, and architectural design for a new Tribal Museum and Cultural Center that would be developed on one of the oldest Native American settlements on the southern Oregon coast, known as “the Hollering Place.”  The tribe manages 100 distinct collections, including baskets, archival materials, manuscripts, and recordings of indigenous languages.

The Tribe will conduct an assessment and develop sustainable cultural preservation strategies to be integrated into the final architectural design of the new Tribal Museum and Cultural Center. The development of strategies enunciated in the resulting planning document will be integral for ensuring the Tribal Museum and Cultural Center is designed, constructed, and operated in a manner that supports sustainable preservation strategies. Specific areas to be addressed in the plan include: 1) evaluating the cos-teffectiveness of building-wide environmental control systems versus microclimate display cases and storage systems; 2) examining internal lighting options that balance preservation needs with energy stewardship (a cultural value of the Tribe); and 3) incorporating architectural and structural design elements that support collections handling processes to mitigate threats to theTribe’s cultural collections including fire, pest control, cross-contamination, and theft.

PF-266673-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsMuseo de Arte de PonceImproving Preventive Conservation for Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean: The Museo de Arte de Ponce10/1/2019 - 6/30/2023$44,986.00Bianca Ortiz   Museo de Arte de PoncePoncePR00717-0776USA2019Arts, OtherSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access449860449860

A planning project to address climate fluctuation in the Museo de Arte de Ponce’s Edward Durell Stone-designed exhibition building. Constructed in 1965, the Ponce Museum is one of Puerto Rico’s preeminent collecting institutions, containing approximately 4,500 objects from the eighteenth century to the present. The project would focus on optimizing exhibition and storage environments, with a particular focus on passive operation and strategies for responding to natural disasters.

The Museo de Arte de Ponce proposes a two years planning grant to support an environmental optimization study designed to better understand the environmental behavior of collections spaces in the museum. This study will support the MAP’s goal to better achieve our commitment as custodians of humanities heritage and environmental sustainability in an age of increasingly frequent natural threats to collections preservation and organizational capacity. This project plans to collect and analyze comprehensively the environmental data for all collections spaces in the museum. Through documentation and assessment, the project key priority will be to identify potential strategies –both operational and for future capital investment– to optimize collections exhibition and storage environments in Puerto Rico’s challenging climate, with a particular focus on passive operation and environmental strategies during disaster events. This project can serve as a case study for the Caribbean region.

PF-266683-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsChicago History MuseumToward a Sustainable Preservation Environment at the Chicago History Museum10/1/2019 - 9/30/2022$350,000.00Terrance Lewis   Chicago History MuseumChicagoIL60614-6038USA2019Urban HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access35000003500000

The replacement of an outdated chiller and associated mechanical controls at the Chicago History Museum’s Clark Street facility, which houses diverse collections of artifacts, archival material, textiles, and decorative arts that reflect nearly 300 years of Chicago and Illinois history.

The Chicago History Museum (CHM) requests a $350,000 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant to replace our aging and obsolete primary chiller with units that can reliably sustain optimal preservation conditions for our nationally significant collection. Based on a two-phase assessment beginning in 2015,CHM has developed an achievable strategy to address the preservation quality of the areas of our primary facility that house artifacts for exhibition and research. Chiller replacement has been identified as the clear priority in advancing the Museum’s near- and long-term environmental goals and will play a critical role in making our mechanical systems more efficient and effective. This proposed implementation project is the first step in establishing holistic control over the Museum’s preservation environments. By improving dehumidification and cooling performance, preservation conditions throughout the building will be improved.

PF-266692-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsMontana Historical SocietyUpgrades to the Mechanical System at the Montana Historical Society for Sustainable Preservation of Collections10/1/2019 - 9/30/2024$349,978.00Molly Kruckenberg   Montana Historical SocietyHelenaMT59601-4514USA2019U.S. HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access34997803499780

An Implementation project to adjust air handling systems and install a building management system that would improve overall energy efficiency for preserving Montana Historical Society’s collections, which include 6,000 Native American artifacts, 3,100 textile pieces, 800 transportation artifacts, 35,000 linear feet of manuscripts and government records, and 3,000 artifacts documenting the region’s agriculture and mining industries.

Environmental data gathered over the past several years has shown significant relative humidity and dew point fluctuations in collections storage areas at the Montana Historical Society. Based upon this data, recommendations from a 2014 Conservation Assessment, a 2014 facilities inventory, and a 2016-2018 analysis of mechanical systems, MHS has determined that several upgrades are necessary to ensure the long-term, sustainable preservation of our collections. The highest priority, to improve preservation conditions and energy efficiencies, is the installation of a Building Management System. This project will complete minor improvements to MHS air handling units, install a Building Management System, and test the system for efficient operations.

PF-266723-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsColorado Springs City GovernmentSustainable Preservation at Museum Offsite Collection Storage10/1/2019 - 2/28/2022$290,000.00Matt Mayberry   Colorado Springs City GovernmentColorado SpringsCO80903-2206USA2019History, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access29000002900000

Installation of a central HVAC system with digital controls for the 14,000 square-foot offsite storage space of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, which preserves and interprets the history of the Pikes Peak region.

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum requests a $290,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collection implementation grant to support its $658,933 project, Sustainable Preservation at Museum Offsite Collection Storage. This project aims to improve the environmental conditions of the CSPM’s offsite collection storage facility through installation of an efficient HVAC system with digital central controls, and low velocity fans. Critical project outcomes include: improved stability in the temperature and relative humidity readings; improved energy efficiency; a state-of-the-art space that will allow the museum to continue to collect and preserve artifacts for decades to come; and improved scholarship of museum patrons through display of its collections and associated programming.

PF-266724-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsTaliesin WestTaliesin West Collections Storage Improvements Plan10/1/2019 - 3/31/2021$50,000.00Margo Stipe   Taliesin WestScottsdaleAZ85259-2537USA2019ArchitectureSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access500000500000

A Planning project to address storage improvements for the collections housed at Taliesin West, the winter home and architectural laboratory of Frank Lloyd Wright, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The collection includes thousands of objects, such as furniture designed by Wright in addition to fabrics and decorative objects, Japanese woodblock prints, Asian screen paintings, textiles, rare books, and archival materials from the Taliesin Associated Architects program.

Based on recommendations from the FLWF Preservation Committee and CAP reviewers, the FLWF requests an NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant to prepare a comprehensive Collections Storage Improvements Plan to resolve critical storage issues at Taliesin West. This will fund an external consulting team of a Preventive Conservator and an Architect/Engineer to work with FLWF Collections and Preservation staff and prepare the plan which will set out the reallocation of collections and spaces, necessary envelope and systems improvements for environmental management, fire safety and security, and identification of appropriate storage furniture for efficient use of space, sequencing and phasing for full implementation. The request includes $10,000 to implement critical building upgrades as a pilot project, wherever the greatest need is identified. The actual pilot project will depend on the recommendations of the Collections Storage Improvements Plan.

PF-266726-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsUniversity of Saint JosephMechanical and Preservation Optimization Study at the Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph10/1/2019 - 9/30/2022$29,726.00AnnHartleySievers   University of Saint JosephWest HartfordCT06117-2764USA2019Arts, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access297260297260

A planning project to study the performance of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment in order to inform operational adjustments for improved climate control and potential capital improvements at the Art Museum of the University of Saint Joseph.

The Art Museum at University of Saint Joseph (USJ) requests a planning grant of $29,726 for an optimization study of the Museum’s mechanical system to determine its ability to provide a sustainable preservation climate for the collections. Consultant Jeremy Linden and a team from USJ will ascertain the capability of existing equipment, including total dehumidification and humidification; identify optimal operating conditions to support both collection preservation and energy efficiency; and develop a strategic plan for potential capital investment and renovations. A series of site visits, experimental adjustments to system operations, and project team meetings over a 2-year period will result in a final report on the documentation, analysis, and optimization process, with recommendations for operational and capital improvements. This high priority study recommended by preservation experts will position the Museum to plan strategically for long-term, sustainable collection preservation.

PF-266727-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsCornell UniversitySustainable Preservation Plan for Works on Paper in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University10/1/2019 - 9/30/2021$50,000.00NancyE.Green   Cornell UniversityIthacaNY14850-2820USA2019Art History and CriticismSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access50000049999.980

A planning project to identify solutions to excessive light exposure, insufficient storage space, and inadequate climate control within the print storage and study room of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. The project’s interdisciplinary planning team would include outside consultants with expertise in paper conservation, preservation environments, and the building’s unique architecture, designed by I. M. Pei.

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (HFJ) at Cornell University requests a $50,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant to assemble an interdisciplinary team of curators, conservators, building experts, and architects to identify ways to improve the sustainable preservation of more than 23,000 prints, drawings, watercolors, portfolios, and artists’ books in its collection. Works on paper comprise the largest portion of HFJ’s permanent collection holdings and, due to its scope and breadth, is the one most frequently used for teaching, but is also its most vulnerable collection. Objectives include studying existing lighting design and climate of the print room; identifying passive measures that could be implemented to increase the safety of the collection; assessing the collection’s variety to address individual storage needs; and investigating state-of-the-art storage methods within the restrictions of the current space.

PF-266733-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsFort Ticonderoga MuseumThe Future is Calling: Developing a Master Preservation and Storage Needs Plan for Ticonderoga’s Collections10/1/2019 - 9/30/2021$40,000.00Miranda Peters   Fort Ticonderoga MuseumTiconderogaNY12883-2711USA2019U.S. HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access400000400000

A planning project to develop a strategy for reuse of a historic building in order to increase capacity for collections storage, preventive conservation, and energy efficiency.

Fort Ticonderoga requests funding to assemble a collaborative team of museum staff and consultants to develop a Master Preservation and Storage Needs Plan for the collections housed in the Thompson-Pell Research Center. The Plan will provide museum staff with professional guidance and recommendations for addressing collections preservation issues within the historic building as it is converted into a dedicated Collections and Research Facility. The Plan will also include recommendations concerning the storage needs for a new 3,000-object collection that the museum will be acquiring and moving to the TPRC in 2022. This project will enable Fort Ticonderoga to move forward to fulfill its mission in transformative ways, while also serving as a model for other cultural institutions through the dissemination of a white paper report that discusses the effectiveness of the sustainable preservation strategies used.

PF-266737-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsShelburne MuseumShelburne Museum Stagecoach Inn Renovation Project10/1/2019 - 5/31/2022$243,880.00Chip Stulen   Shelburne MuseumShelburneVT05482-0010USA2019Arts, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access24388002438800

An implementation project to preserve the Shelburne Museum's renowned folk-art collection, housed in the 1783 Stagecoach Inn. To protect the collections, the museum would improve environmental conditions, security, fire suppression, and lighting in the historic structure.

Shelburne Museum requests a $243,880 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to stabilize and protect its folk art collection, housed in Stagecoach Inn, an important historic structure. Renovations in Stagecoach Inn will result in a reduction of energy use while also maintaining current levels of environmental control. Greater consistency of lighting control will be established throughout the building and light levels will be reduced on the second floor following the installation of visitor activated light sensors. Objects installed on both pedestals and mounted on walls will experience less vibration and have better support, and the collection will receive improved security thanks to an increase in camera coverage and upgrades to the VESDA system. Consequently, the project will also result in better protection and presentation of the Museum’s important and renowned folk art collection.

PF-266759-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsNew York City Department of Records and Information ServicesNew York City Department of Records Municipal Archives: Creating a Sustainable Preservation Environment10/1/2019 - 9/30/2020$40,186.00Sylvia Kollar   New York City Department of Records and Information ServicesNew YorkNY10007-1210USA2019U.S. HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access401860401860

A planning project to develop recommendations for improving the storage environment at the New York City Municipal Archives, which stewards 243,000 cubic feet of manuscripts, official correspondence, audiovisual materials, architectural records, maps, ledgers, vital records, over two million photographs, and 185 terabytes of digital records pertaining to the history of the city from 1645 to the present.

The New York City Department of Records and Information Services requests Endowment support to develop plans for improving and implementing strategies for long-term storage and preservation of archival material. Dating from the 1600s to the early 21st century, the collections provide extensive documentation of NYC municipal government and include significant intellectual content important for humanities research in American urban history, public education, criminal justice, health care, and planning. The project workplan is to engage the services of professional engineers who will undertake a comprehensive survey and analysis of the extant HVAC and storage system, produce a report on environmental conditions, prepare detailed recommendations for improvements, and produce designs for a new HVAC system with an emphasis on sustainable energy use. The project time period is 12 months.

PF-266767-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsGeorge Eastman MuseumProtecting the Nitrate Film Heritage10/1/2019 - 9/30/2024$340,615.00Peter Bagrov   George Eastman MuseumRochesterNY14607-2219USA2019Film History and CriticismSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access34061503406150

Installation of an exterior metal panel system and environmental control system at the George Eastman Museum’s Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center. These improvements would provide the necessary long-term preservation environment for the museum’s 90,000-item nitrate film collection and minimize the risk of catastrophic loss due to fluctuating temperature and relative humidity.

The George Eastman Museum requests a grant of $340,615 as part of a total project of $683,732 to upgrade the environmental systems at its Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center where the significant and rare collection of 35mm nitrate-based film and photographic materials are at risk from chemical damage due to system breakdowns caused by extreme weather and equipment failures. The collection represents the work of internationally acclaimed cinema and photographic artists. The project will add resilience to the structure and minimize the risk of film decomposition and the potential for fire by: improving the exterior insulation of the building envelope; installing a robust back-up generator; and installing an air recovery system. These improvements will ensure the safety and integrity of these unique collections. The project will commence October 1, 2019 and will be completed by September 30, 2021.

PF-266774-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsDetroit Institute of ArtsEuropean Decorative Arts Storage Renovation10/1/2019 - 9/30/2023$255,000.00Barbara Heller   Detroit Institute of ArtsDetroitMI48202-4008USA2019Arts, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access25500002550000

The rehousing of 625 objects, currently held in eleven temporary storage sites, from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ European Sculpture and Decorative Arts collection.  The items would be moved into a redesigned storage space to alleviate overcrowding of collections, accommodate future collection growth, absorb vibrations due to earthquakes, and reduce exposure to ultraviolet light.

The Detroit Institute of Arts requests NEH support to renovate and upgrade a storage room to house a portion of the DIA's outstanding collection of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. These works are presently stored in eleven separate storage rooms throughout the museum. The project involves implementing environmental improvements and lighting upgrades, and installing necessary storage equipment, including powder-coated cabinets and pallet racking. Works of art will be moved into their assigned renovated, acclimatized and newly-designed storage rooms, unpacked, reorganized and properly rehoused to ensure their long term conservation and preservation. This will facilitate display, loans, scholarly study and research, photography and make the collections more accessible to the public.

PF-266775-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPhilbrook MuseumSustainable HVAC Stabilization Phase 110/1/2019 - 9/30/2024$350,000.00Rachel Keith   Philbrook MuseumTulsaOK74114-4104USA2019Arts, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access35000003500000

An implementation project to address storage environment deficiencies—in particular, an aging heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system—that pose a threat to the Philbrook Museum’s comprehensive fine art collection. The applicant would replace the outdated HVAC system, balancing the needs of the 1927 museum building with the preservation requirements of the 14,000 objects stored and exhibited in the historic structure.

To support a two-year project to replace outdated HVAC system components and establish a comprehensive monitoring system to enhance collections preservation and energy efficiency. Philbrook’s permanent collection contains approximately 16,000 objects that represent a period of over 5,000 years, making it the most comprehensive in Oklahoma. The Museum’s diverse permanent collection provides opportunities to facilitate discussion and promote understanding about cultures, history, and social and aesthetic practices from around the world. Through bold action and strategic investment, the Museum creates a space for new ideas, diverse perspectives, and social connection. Vital to realizing this vision is the Museum’s ability to safeguard the historic structure, ensure a healthy climate for the long-term stability of collections, and operate the building systems sustainably.

PF-266779-19Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsLa Casa del Libro, Inc.Planning for a Sustainable Climate Control System and Collection Storage in an Old San Juan Historic Building10/1/2019 - 9/30/2021$36,441.00Karen Cana-Cruz   La Casa del Libro, Inc.San JuanPR00901-1518USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access364410364410

A planning project to design a new collections storage area and HVAC system for the special collections held by La Casa del Libro, a museum housed in two adjoining historic buildings in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The collections consist of more than 6,000 rare books, from manuscripts to incunabula (early printed books from 1450 to 1501) to modern printed works; contemporary art books and graphic works made by Puerto Rican artists; and a reference library on the history of printing. 

La Casa del Libro Book Museum & Special Library seeks a NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant to work towards the redesign of its HVAC systems and collection storage facilities which were compromised by the 2017 hurricanes to provide a secure space for the collection in its historic building using sustainable practices that will allow the museum to operate at its full capacity, improve collection care, increase energy efficiency and reduce exposure to failures that threaten or could damage the collection.

PF-271921-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsBuffalo Bill Historical CenterPreserving Collections at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West10/1/2020 - 9/30/2021$48,933.00Rebecca West   Buffalo Bill Historical CenterCodyWY82414-3428USA2020U.S. HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access489330489330

Planning for storage spaces at all six of the center’s collecting units, resulting in recommended improvements that would maximize preservation environment, space efficiency, and access to collections by staff and the public. Center staff would work with a consulting conservator, architect, and engineer to develop the plan.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West requests a planning grant to seek professional guidance for addressing collections preservation issues in the Center's existing storage and work areas. Recommendations from outside consultants will result in a Master Preservation Plan that will make efficient use of available storage spaces. A team of consultants will work with select Center staff to evaluate vault space, workstations, and storage areas that serve staff, professional researchers, and the public.

PF-271930-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsNewport Restoration FoundationAssessment and proposals for improving care of the Whitehorne House Museum Collections1/1/2021 - 1/31/2022$50,000.00ErikMarcGreenberg   Newport Restoration FoundationNewportRI02840-2932USA2020U.S. HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access500000374300

A planning project to improve climate control, security, and collections storage at Whitehorne House Museum, a Federal-period building on the National Register of Historical Places dedicated to the history and artistry of eighteenth-century Newport furniture. Pairing existing data regularly gathered through current systems and staff observations with an extensive onsite review from a team of expert consultants in a variety of fields, the applicant would develop a plan to recommend more efficient and sustainable preservation practices in order to balance the needs of the collection with more sustainable energy use.

Newport Restoration Foundation requests a $50,000 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant to research and develop a plan that will serve as a road map to improve the climate control, security, and collections storage systems at its Whitehorne House Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. Working with an integrated team of outside consultants, we will create a planning document that will make suggestions about the best systems for addressing the museum’s current challenges in climate control, security, and collections storage in an historic building that faces its own preservation needs. The creation of this plan must also help us develop and articulate our preservation plan for the Samuel Whitehorne House itself, a Federal Period building on lower Thames Street that is, simultaneously, a significant historical artifact in its own right (listed on the National Register of Historical Places), and houses our museum and its historically significant collection.

PF-271941-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsGettysburg CollegeSustainable Preservation for Innovative Teaching and Learning10/1/2020 - 9/30/2022$50,000.00Shannon Egan   Gettysburg CollegeGettysburgPA17325-1483USA2020Arts, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access500000500000

A planning project to assess and develop sustainable preventive conservation and storage strategies to protect a collection of 2,700 fine arts objects. The assessment would include an evaluation of the 1890’s-era, 6,540 square foot McPherson House to determine how it could be adapted to satisfy needs for collection storage, educational programming, and improved access for Gettysburg College students, faculty, and the general public, while also achieving energy efficiency.

Gettysburg College seeks a planning grant of $50,000 to assess and develop sustainable preventive conservation and storage strategies to protect its Fine Arts Collection. As an undergraduate college of liberal arts and sciences the Fine Arts Collection is central to teaching and learning in the humanities.

PF-271944-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsNew York State Archives Partnership TrustNew York State's Collection in the Balance: Planning HVAC Optimization at the Cultural Education Center10/1/2020 - 9/30/2022$43,513.00ThomasJ.Ruller   New York State Archives Partnership TrustAlbanyNY12230-0001USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access435130407980

A planning project to study HVAC system optimization for improved climate control in the Cultural Education Center building, which holds the collections of the state museum, library, and archives. Highlights include records of the colonial and state government of New York from 1630 to the present, in both the Dutch and English languages, art collections, significant Shaker collections, and eighteenth-century furniture. The Center also holds contemporary collections, including extensive suffrage materials, as well as the largest collection of artifacts pertaining to September 11, 2001.

The NYS Education Dept. Office of Cultural Education seeks a grant for HVAC optimization planning in the Cultural Center, Albany. Our 2019 on-site environmental assessment identified critical needs, including optimization of selected air handlers serving our most significant and at-risk collections. If funded, we will hire Jeremy Linden of LPS to plan optimization of air handlers serving the entire 3rd floor and the 7th-floor vault in our 11-story, 1.5 million SF building. These areas house museum collections and the most significant treasures of the Library and Archives. The LPS optimization process consists of five steps--documentation, data gathering, data analysis, experimentation and implementation, and assessment and maintenance--designed to gain a holistic understanding of the building operation, which informs strategies for improvement. Linden will work with representatives of administration, collections, and facilities from both NYSED and the Office of General Services.

PF-271949-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsAutry MuseumThe Autry Museum of the American West - Planning a Sustainable Preservation Environment10/1/2020 - 9/30/2022$43,863.00LaLena Lewark   Autry MuseumLos AngelesCA90027-1462USA2020U.S. Regional StudiesSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access438630438630

A planning project to explore sustainable preservation strategies that can address deteriorating environmental conditions in museum storage and exhibition areas. Improved environmental conditions would preserve the Autry’s collection of over 600,000 historical, archival, and library materials and works of art that represent the diverse cultures, perspectives, and ideas of the American West.

The Autry, located in historic Griffith Park in Los Angeles, requests a planning grant from NEH to assist the museum in preserving its extremely diverse collection of more than 600,000 significant and culturally unique assets, including the second largest assemblage of Native American objects in the United States. Items in the collection range in age from pre-contact to the present, documenting Native history and cultures throughout the Americas. The items provide rare opportunities for research, teaching and lifelong learning in the humanities for students, teachers, artists, researchers, scholars, historians and others. The project will assemble an experienced group of interdisciplinary experts, who will work collaboratively to address increasingly extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity in the Autry Museum by recommending remedial "next steps" to respond to anticipated climate trends and support sustainable preventive conservation measures.

PF-271954-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsGlessner House MuseumImplementing a Sustainable Environmental System to Preserve Collections10/1/2020 - 9/30/2023$350,000.00Mark Nussbaum   Glessner House MuseumChicagoIL60616-1320USA2020ArchitectureSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access35000003500000

The installation of an energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable geothermal power system to ensure reliable temperature and humidity control at the Glessner House Museum. This system would provide a better environment, with the ability to monitor and control fluctuations while also reducing operating costs.

Glessner House requests a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant of $350,000 to complete the remaining phases of our geothermal project, begun in 2015, that will reliably sustain optimal preservation conditions for our nationally significant collections. Following the well digging process and completion of zone one in early 2016, GH has developed an achievable strategy to address the preservation quality conditions required to adequately protect and preserve our collections, both in storage and on display. Completion of the project will establish holistic control of the house’s environment and will provide, for the first time, dehumidification and cooling mechanisms throughout the building, as well as improving the efficiency and reliability of the heating systems, thus optimizing preservation conditions throughout the building.

PF-271956-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsVENTURA CO MUSEUM RESEARCH LIBRARYCollections Evaluation and Disaster Plan10/1/2020 - 6/30/2021$44,476.00Deya Terrafranca   VENTURA CO MUSEUM RESEARCH LIBRARYVenturaCA93001-2607USA2020History, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access444760444760

The development of a comprehensive preventive conservation and disaster response plan to protect the museum’s collections, which document the county’s social, political, and economic development from the 1850s to the 1970s, as well as the region’s archaeological past and its contemporary arts and culture.

This project will result in a Disaster Response Plan that includes a review schedule and can be updated on a regular basis. The assessment should also provide an analysis of vulnerabilities to the collection and a recommendation of practical measures to address those risks. Staff will work collaboratively with the consultant to identify risks, create a formal plan, and locate potential training opportunities.

PF-271970-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsUniversity of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.Improving energy efficiency in collection storage in Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas10/1/2020 - 3/31/2023$350,000.00Whitney Baker   University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.LawrenceKS66045-3101USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access35000003500000

The updating of a 1968 heating and air-conditioning system in Spencer Library to provide a more optimal preservation environment for the university’s collection of rare books and manuscripts, while achieving a significant reduction in overall energy costs for the building.

The University of Kansas Libraries requests funds to implement some of the recommendations provided by environmental consultants who conducted environmental testing on Spencer Library's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system over 18 months during a 2017-2019 planning grant. In this implementation grant, the second phase of a multi-phased project, the Libraries hope to replace obsolete, 1968-era pneumatically controlled reheats in the ceilings of collection areas of the building with modern electric reheats, variable air volume (VAV) dampers, and new direct digital controls (DDC). At the beginning and end of the project, testing and balancing will be conducted to ensure that the installed equipment is working properly. The new devices will be significantly more energy efficient, individually controllable and serviceable by technicians, and will provide a more optimal preservation environment for Spencer’s collections.

PF-271972-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPeabody Essex Museum, Inc.Implementing Sustainable Barkcloth Collection Storage10/1/2020 - 6/30/2023$350,000.00Angela Segalla   Peabody Essex Museum, Inc.SalemMA01970-3726USA2020Art History and CriticismSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access35000003500000

The purchase and installation of storage equipment for the museum’s collection of Oceanic barkcloth, which would be rehoused in the Peabody’s Collection Center according to size, using a combination of flat files, a custom cabinet with horizontal screens, and cantilevered shelving.

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) requests a National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Implementation Grant to rehouse a group of approximately 725 examples of Oceanic barkcloth using archival materials and customized storage housings. Rehousing these objects supports a primary goal of PEM’s strategic plan: to implement sustainable conservation strategies through improved storage conditions. In 2018 the museum opened a new Collection Center for the storage, care, and conservation of its art and library collections. The proposed project will support the purchase and installation of new storage furniture designed specifically for this important collection of barkcloth and its transportation from current storage on the museum’s campus to the Collection Center.

PF-272010-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsAmistad Research CenterPlanning for an Improved and Sustainable Collections Environment at the Amistad Research Center10/1/2020 - 10/31/2021$49,754.00KaraTucinaOlidge   Amistad Research CenterNew OrleansLA70118-5665USA2020Ethnic StudiesSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access497540492190

A planning project to develop recommendations for improving the storage environment at the Amistad Research Center (ARC), an independent archives and manuscripts repository located at Tulane University with extensive holdings on the history of African Americans from the 1780s to the present.

The Amistad Research Center (ARC) seeks to develop a master preservation and conservation plan for infrastructure and systems associated with collection storage at its main facility of Tilton Memorial Hall on the campus of its partner organization, Tulane University. This project will entail collaboration between Center staff and board with conservation experts and Tulane University planning and facilities personnel to document and prioritize conservation and preservation needs to 1) create a strategic plan outlining next steps for a comprehensive implementation plan based on best practices, and 2) develop a projected budget and identify funding sources to address action steps within the strategic plan. The project is guided by ARC’s Collection Development and Management Policies which outline ARC’s primary responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for all collections and works in its custody.

PF-272013-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPlimoth Patuxet Museums, Inc.Creating a Preservation Plan for Plimoth Plantation's Historical and Archaeological Resources10/1/2020 - 9/30/2022$49,200.00Annie Greco   Plimoth Patuxet Museums, Inc.PlymouthMA02360-2429USA2020Public HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access492000492000

An assessment of the collections and buildings at Plimoth Plantation, which has extensive collections of archaeological artifacts, fine and decorative art, and archival materials. Plimoth Plantation was the nation’s first living history museum, and it explores seventeenth-century New England, focusing on the voyage of the Mayflower, the lives of early English settlers, and Wampanoag culture.

Plimoth Plantation proposes to create a collections care plan that properly preserves and increases accessibility to the Museum’s extensive collections of archaeological artifacts, fine and decorative art, and archival materials. These collections are a highly-valued resource for scholars studying the 17th-century Atlantic world and inform the Museum’s interpretation of 17th-century New England. Their preservation and accessibility are vital for future scholarship. Despite their significance, the Museum’s collections are urgently in need of risk management assessment and protection. The dangers to the collection vary widely in terms of general housing, pest management, UV infiltration, climate control, moisture, and security, among other issues. This project will identify and articulate a plan for renovating collections storage to provide safe, secure housing that allows for improved disaster preparedness and pest mitigation; ensuring the collections' well being for future generations.

PF-272015-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsInsituto de Cultura PuertorriquenaMaster Plan for Optimizing Storage and Environmental Conditions for Moving Images Collections at the General Archives10/1/2020 - 9/30/2024$50,000.00Marisel Flores   Insituto de Cultura PuertorriquenaSan JuanPR00902-4184USA2020Arts, OtherSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access500000500000

The development of plans for retrofitting storage areas for the Archives of Moving Images collection at the General Archives of Puerto Rico, which includes approximately 4,000 film titles and 2,000 videotapes representing the history and culture of Puerto Rico from 1898 to the present. The project would lay the groundwork for improvements to the repository’s environmental conditions through sustainable practices that take into consideration the island’s unique environment and vulnerabilities to natural disasters.

The General Archives of Puerto Rico is the only institution on the Island and internationally whose mission is to preserve the recorded film and video heritage of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. After several incidents with the existing storage units that jeopardized the well-being of our moving image collections and based on the recommendations outlined in two assessments performed in 2018 and 2019, we made it our main preservation priority to address these issues. Through an initial exploratory study performed by a group of experts on the preservation of moving images, preservation environments and sustainability, and the architecture of historic buildings we intend to develop a Master Plan that will inform on the next steps to improve the storage and current preservation environment to ensure the safeguard of this unique and valuable humanities collections.

PF-272017-20Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsBishop Paiute TribeImproving Environmental Conditions to Preserve Collections10/1/2020 - 3/30/2023$49,455.00Tara Frank   Bishop Paiute TribeBishopCA93514-8058USA2020Native American StudiesSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access494550494550

A planning project to improve environmental conditions for the storage and exhibit spaces of the tribe’s cultural center, which holds 4,500 archaeological and ethnographic artifacts and approximately 3,000 historical documents representing the cultural heritage and lifeways of the Paiute and Shoshone people. A team of consultants would work with the applicant to evaluate current collections policies and the climate control system, identify lighting and energy efficiencies, and establish an environmental monitoring program.

The Bishop Paiute Tribe owns and maintains the Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center, the only tribally owned, curated, managed, and operated museum and cultural center in the Owens Valley of CA and its environs. With this project, the Tribe will improve collection policies and procedures; access and survey environmental conditions of the facility, conduct an energy audit and explore energy efficiency for the collection climate systems; and reevaluate and determine better environmental parameters to develop better conservation plans for the Cultural Center facility and collections. These activities will preserve and revitalize unique historic and pre-historic materials that represent the culture, heritage, and history of the Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone people.

PF-280687-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsCanterbury Shaker Village, Inc.Planning Grant for Fire Suppression and Sustainable Preservation at Canterbury Shaker Village10/1/2021 - 9/30/2022$50,000.00Leslie Nolan   Canterbury Shaker Village, Inc.CanterburyNH03224-2728USA2021U.S. HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access500000499960

A  planning project to assess collections storage buildings and develop strategies for a fire suppression system, as well as to improve environmental conditions for a collection of 100,000 objects, photographs, and manuscripts that document an original late-eighteenth- to nineteenth-century Shaker community.

Canterbury Shaker Village (CVS) will develop sustainable preservation strategies for our 100,000 item collection housed in seven historic buildings. An interdisciplinary team will conduct two studies in order to 1) Assess key collection storage buildings and 2) Determine the need and strategy to install fire suppression systems and improve environmental conditions within the collection storage areas. The external team will include a preservation architect, fire systems consultant, and conservator. CSV’s collections are of national significance as one of the largest and most comprehensive bodies of material remaining in an original Shaker community. Four of the collection storage buildings have no fire suppression systems. Additionally, environmental damage from water and humidity is an increasing concern in all buildings.

PF-280689-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsOneida Indian NationOneida Indian Nation Archives Planning Project10/1/2021 - 12/31/2022$20,789.00Paul Gwilt   Oneida Indian NationOneidaNY13421-2729USA2021Native American StudiesSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access207890207890

A planning project that includes a building and collections assessment of the Oneida Indian Nation archives and would result in recommendations to improve sustainability, energy efficiency, and security of the collections.

The Oneida Indian Nation will secure the services of Collections and Building Assessors to perform a comprehensive assessment of the Archives facility and status of the collection. The assessors will provide a report that includes a current status of the facility and collection as well as recommendations to improve the sustainability, energy efficiency, and security of the collection and the facility to lay the foundation for the next phase of this effort.

PF-280699-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsProvidence AthenaeumProvidence Athenaeum Sustainable Environmental Control10/1/2021 - 9/30/2023$350,000.00Matthew Burriesci   Providence AthenaeumProvidenceRI02903-2709USA2021Literature, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access35000003490750

The purchase of a new climate control system for the Providence Athenaeum, which houses both circulating and special collections of rare books, pamphlets, and works of art, some of which date to the library’s origins in 1753.

The Providence Athenaeum seeks an implementation grant of $350,000 to install a new climate control system to improve environmental conditions, mitigate serious risks to the collections, and improve sustainability and resiliency. The Athenaeum is proceeding after careful consideration and after conducting numerous studies and investigations, including a series of recommendations issued in the wake of a successful NEH planning grant in 2017/2018. The installation of a new climate control system has been identified as a key strategic objective, and it is instrumental to our long-term preservation needs.

PF-280748-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsChicago History MuseumHVAC Controls Upgrade at the Chicago History Museum10/1/2021 - 9/30/2024$343,944.00Terrance Lewis   Chicago History MuseumChicagoIL60614-6038USA2021Urban HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access34394403439440

An implementation project to replace the museum’s HVAC controls with a unified building automation system and install variable frequency drives on the supply and return fans in nine of the building’s ten air handling units.

The Chicago History Museum requests a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant to replace our obsolete and fragmented HVAC controls with a more unified building automation system (BAS) that serves our primary Clark Street facility. Funds would also be applied to variable frequency drives in air handling units to achieve improved efficiency for our HVAC operation. These upgrades are critical next steps in our strategy for preventive collection conservation and reduced energy consumption. They are necessary to preserve our unique and valuable holdings that provide expansive evidence of the development of a major American city.

PF-280749-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsLower East Side Tenement Museum, Inc.Tenement Museum Collections Storage Reorganization Plan10/1/2021 - 9/30/2024$350,000.00David Favaloro   Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Inc.New YorkNY10002-3102USA2021Immigration HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access35000003500000

An implementation project to improve environmental conditions, install collections storage, and rehouse collections in two historic house locations that document immigrant history and daily life in the mid- to late-nineteenth century in Lower East Side Manhattan.

The Tenement Museum seeks a $350,000 grant to implement a collections storage reorganization plan. The Museum keeps its collections in 91 and 97 Orchard Street, two tenements built in the mid-late 19th century. Speculators quickly constructed these tenements to profit from large numbers of immigrants seeking housing. They did not build them with longevity or stable environmental conditions in mind. Thus, just as the Museum has innovated in its telling of the history of “ordinary” people, it has had to innovate in devising ways to care for its collections in tenement buildings. This grant enables the Museum to permanently improve its collections environment by: 1) improving environmental conditions in both storage spaces; 2) installing a high-density collections storage system; and 3) rehousing items into environmentally-appropriate spaces. The project draws upon 15 years of external assessments and staff expertise. When complete, the project will make the Museum’s collections resilient

PF-280781-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsLivingston County Historical SocietyLCHS-Designing Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Storage, Collection Management, and Exhibit Spaces10/1/2021 - 10/31/2023$50,000.00AnnaMariaKowalchuk   Livingston County Historical SocietyGeneseoNY14454-1204USA2021History, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access500000500000

The creation of architectural, storage, and design plans to complete the second phase of a multiyear project to protect collections and the historic building where they are housed. The work that the Livingston County Historical Society proposes in this application is part of its long-term strategic plan to provide optimal conditions for collections and to act as a responsible steward for the 1838 Cobblestone Schoolhouse, where the Livingston County Historical Society is housed.

The proposed project will support Phase 2 of a multiyear project to protect our collections and the historic building in which they are housed and to improve our ability to serve our community. Under the proposed project, an interdisciplinary team that includes a historic preservation architect, conservator, and museum space planner will collaborate to reorganize existing curatorial and gallery spaces to be more efficient and secure and to plan a new, dedicated storage room that conforms to best museum practices. Sustainable preservation specialists and HVAC engineers will evaluate passive or low-energy options for environmental controls and lighting systems.

PF-280799-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsNew York Public LibraryCollection Storage Master Plan for the NYPL Research Libraries10/1/2021 - 3/31/2023$50,000.00Rebecca Fifield   New York Public LibraryNew YorkNY10016-0109USA2021Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access500000500000

A planning project to evaluate collection storage environments and create a Collection Storage Master Plan for the New York Public Library’s three research centers: the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

The New York Public Library (NYPL or “the Library”) requests $50,000 to convene a planning team of NYPL staff and external advisors to create a Collection Storage Master Plan. Designed to move the Library toward a more efficient and sustainable model for institutional preservation planning, The Collections Storage Master Plan will include a unified assessment of all NYPL storage locations, focusing on the Library’s three research centers: the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The project will characterize and quantify materials stored on-site, identify the most suitable spaces for storage, and indicate the types and intensity of subsequent analysis and investment required to optimize these areas for collection storage.

PF-280874-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsFlorida International University Board of TrusteesStorage Improvements for Environmentally Sensitive Collection Materials at The Wolfsonian–Florida International University10/1/2021 - 3/30/2025$349,646.00Casey Steadman   Florida International University Board of TrusteesMiamiFL33199-2516USA2021Arts, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access34964603496460

The rehousing of works on paper, photographs, and textiles from an offsite storage facility to new compact shelving and cold storage in the headquarters building, making them more accessible for students, faculty, and researchers.

The Wolfsonian–FIU seeks support to pursue a preservation strategy for several collection components, most notably works on paper, photographs, and textiles. Numbering more than 20,000 items, these materials—posters, fine art prints, design drawings, fabrics, and more—are a vital resource for understanding the political, cultural, and technological developments of the period 1850–1950. They are currently stored in an offsite annex, from which objects must from time to time be transferred to our headquarters building for purposes of exhibitions, photography, and researcher access, a process that exposes them to rapid shifts in temperature and humidity. We will move these collections permanently to our headquarters building and store them in new compact shelving and cold storage. The result will be a more suitable storage environment for these materials, which permits access for students, researchers, and the public without compromising sustainable preservation practices.

PF-280884-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsMuseum of Northern Arizona, Inc.Preservation of Works of Art on Paper and Other Works in MNA’s Fine Arts Collection in the Easton Collections Center10/1/2021 - 9/30/2024$343,812.00Anthony Thibodeau   Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc.FlagstaffAZ86001-8348USA2021Arts, OtherSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access34381203438120

A project to rehouse 2,202 works of art on paper from the fine arts collection, many of them by Native American artists, in acid-free presentation mats and in new storage furniture, and to make them available through the museum’s online collections portal. 

The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) requests $343,812 from NEH to support a three-year rehousing project focused on 2,202 works, many Native American, in MNA’s fine arts collection. Largely consisting of works of art on paper (watercolors, drawings, etc.), they are in the state-of-the-art, platinum LEED certified Easton Collections Center (ECC). The works remain in acidic boxes and mats in which they have been stored for decades in old storage. At preservation risk in these containers, they were moved to the ECC in 2019 where they are stored on temporary racks or leaning against storage walls. MNA will improve physical access to works on paper by rehousing them in acid free presentation mats and storing them in new containers in mobile storage furniture purchased during this project. Intellectual access will be improved as collection data is posted through the Argus.net public web portal to a new audience including Native American, the public, and scholars from around the nation.

PF-280896-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsGeorgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.Planning a Sustainable Photographic and Film Preservation Environment10/1/2021 - 9/30/2023$48,691.00ChristinaJ.Zamon   Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.AtlantaGA30302-3999USA2021U.S. HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access486910486910

A planning project to evaluate and make recommendations for a new collections storage space to house the university’s photographic and film collections, which include over 8 million photographs from Atlanta’s daily newspaper, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, which date from the 1930s through the 1990s.

Georgia State University Library is requesting $48,691 for a planning grant from NEH to employ a team of highly qualified consultants and employees to develop a sustainable preservation environment where our 10 million photographs and film media can be securely housed in proper climate-controlled facilities. Currently our photographic and film media collections are housed in inadequate facilities with several documented leaks and unsustainable temperature and humidity fluctuations. The grant will allow us to assess and plan for the reconfiguration of our newly acquired storage facility’s existing infrastructure to meet current preservation standards for the care of photographic and film media while creating more sustainable conditions. The team will consist of Jeremy Linden, Owner of Linden Preservation Services; Greg Johnson, MEP; Lord Aeck Sargent architects; Christina Zamon, Head of Special Collections & Archives; and Kim Bauer, Sr. Director of Design and Construction Services at GSU.

PF-280923-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsBoulder Historical SocietyPlanning for a Sustainable Preservation Environment10/1/2021 - 9/30/2024$40,188.00Elizabeth Nosek   Boulder Historical SocietyBoulderCO80302-7224USA2021History, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access401880401880

A planning grant to assess the museum’s aging HVAC system and inspect the overall building envelope for a collection of over 40,000 artifacts documenting the history of Boulder, Colorado.

The Museum of Boulder’s project Planning for a Sustainable Preservation Environment will prepare the Museum to create a stable environment in which to store its diverse humanities-based collection. Currently, temperatures inside the collections storage facility fluctuate drastically throughout the year, causing damage to artifacts and endangering our unique collection. We will work with expert partners to explore sustainable methods to improve climate control and determine the specific needs of our artifacts. The Museum’s collection of 40,000 objects is the largest repository of the history of Boulder, which has long been a hub of civic engagement, the natural foods movement, and science and technology innovations. Preserving the history of this city is a crucial part of preserving the history of the American West and supporting research, education, and lifelong learning for our visitors from Boulder County and the rest of the country.

PF-280954-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsSouth County History CenterPreserving Southern Rhode Island Historical Collections10/1/2021 - 4/30/2024$110,833.30Erica Luke   South County History CenterKingstonRI02881-1624USA2021U.S. HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access110833.301049490

Enhancement of storage environments through HVAC improvements, new equipment to better serve the area where collections storage has been consolidated, installation of insulation and other passive improvements, and protection of the collection from pests and other risks.

The Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, operating as the South County History Center, requests a $110,833.30 National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant for HVAC improvements and repairs to the building envelope. These improvements will help ensure the protection of the Center’s collection from temperature shifts, moisture and excess humidity, pests, and the impacts of climate change on our region.

PF-280964-21Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsDenver Museum of Nature and ScienceWS Ranch Archaeological Project Collection: Processing to Sustain Cultural Heritage10/1/2021 - 9/30/2024$297,271.00Michele KoonsDominiqueV.AlhambraDenver Museum of Nature and ScienceDenverCO80205-5732USA2021ArchaeologySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access29727102972710

An implementation project to sustainably rehouse a collection of 500,000 artifacts from the WS Ranch Archaeological Project, an Upland Mogollon Pueblo site (occupied ca. 800 to 1300 CE) located in New Mexico and excavated from 1977 to 1994.

The WS Ranch Archaeological Project (WSRAP) Collection is an important and irreplaceable assemblage of approximately 500,000 artifacts of Late Pithouse, Classic Mimbres, and Tularosa Phase material cultures. Excavated decades ago near Alma, west central New Mexico, by the University of Texas at Austin, the unprocessed, uncataloged collection has never been fully accessible to researchers and tribal representatives. Recently acquired by DMNS, the WSRAP Collection is being moved from substandard collections storage conditions in Texas to Denver prior to the project period. NEH funds will enable project staff, volunteers, and interns to sustainably preserve and install the WSRAP collection in the Museum’s state-of-the-art collections facility. Dissemination strategies will make the collection accessible to professionals and a variety of museum audiences, including tribes.

PF-287473-22Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsSt. Lawrence UniversitySt. Lawrence University Planning Grant for Art Gallery Facilities Optimization Study10/1/2022 - 9/30/2024$42,182.00Catherine Tedford   St. Lawrence UniversityCantonNY13617-1423USA2022Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access421820421820

A planning project to conduct an optimization study of the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery’s storage facility and three adjacent exhibition galleries.

St. Lawrence University seeks an NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant to conduct an optimization study of the systems serving its art storage facility and exhibition galleries.

PF-287564-22Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsArizona Board of RegentsRehousing and safeguarding archaeological wood specimens critical to the cultural heritage of the American Southwest10/1/2022 - 9/30/2024$252,350.00PeterWilliamBrewer   Arizona Board of RegentsTucsonAZ85721-0073USA2022AnthropologySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access25235002507640

The sustainable rehousing of archaeological wood collections at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research used in dendroarchaeological study of the U.S. Southwest.

This project will ensure the long-term sustainability of irreplaceable and culturally important wood and charcoal collections at the University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. Significant progress has been made towards securing these specimens (from the ancestral sites of the native peoples of the South Western United States and beyond), following transfer from highly unsuitable conditions to a state of the art archive facility. Yet they remain at risk in old, over-packed and overweight boxes, with little or no padding leading to damage from crushing or any movement. Rehousing has been identified as the final, essential step to maintain these collections for future generations. This process builds in contingency planning and mitigation for increasing changes in humidity fluctuations that may not be sufficiently countered by the current HVAC system for even longer term sustainability and accessibility of the collections.

PF-287567-22Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsWestern Kentucky UniversityPreservation Environment Improvement Project - Temperature and Dehumidification10/1/2022 - 9/30/2024$48,384.00Tiffany Isselhardt   Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenKY42101-1000USA2022Public HistorySustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access483840483840

A planning project to revise operating protocols for existing climate control systems, integrating findings into the museum’s Preservation Environment Improvement Plan (PEIP), which would inform future modifications and upgrades.   

This project will engineer, program, and commission revised operating protocols for existing climate control systems and study the results of said adjustment as part of the Museum's multi-phase Preservation Environment Improvement Plan (PEIP). Specifically, this project will stabilize temperatures in the Kentucky Room and modify the dehumidification controls for the 1976 building, which were deemed low-cost, effective strategies for achieving relative humidity and temperature setpoints in the Museum's exhibitions spaces, quilt storage, and fine art storage. The project team will then study the results over a one-year period, comparing the new readings to historical data to determine if the desired targets are achieved, and integrate findings into the PEIP. The results will inform planned future steps of the PEIP, notably the review and selection of large-scale, high-cost mechanical system upgrades.

PF-287568-22Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsSUNY Research Foundation, Buffalo State CollegePreserving Collections at Buffalo State College: An Integrated Holistic Conservation and Preservation Approach10/1/2022 - 9/30/2024$40,522.00Patrick Ravines   SUNY Research Foundation, Buffalo State CollegeBuffaloNY14222-1004USA2022Arts, OtherSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access405220405220

A planning project to study four distinct collections and the buildings in which they are housed on Buffalo State College’s campus through environmental monitoring and surveying the mechanical and engineering aspects of their air handling systems.

Buffalo State College (BSC) is dedicated to preserving the local and regional histories, cultural objects, and art of the many cultures and peoples associated with the college, the city of Buffalo, and the Western New York (WNY) region. The collections at BSC that this proposal focuses on are the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Butler Library Archives & Special Collection Department, the Historic Costume and Textile Collection, and the study collection and studios of the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department. All of these spaces have the same needs. Some spaces have been monitored and studied over the past 5 years. Previous data show that the spaces are not up to the standards of traditional preservation environments and detrimental to the longevity of the collections. We plan to further study and use historical data along with preservation specialists to propose concrete changes that can be made to benefit all of the college’s critical collection needs.

PF-287570-22Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsMuseum of Early Trades and CraftsViewable Storage Facility: Storing & Rehousing METC’s Collection10/1/2022 - 8/31/2024$348,731.00Deborah Farrar Starker   Museum of Early Trades and CraftsMadisonNJ07940-1819USA2022History, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access34873103487310

The creation of a viewable storage facility, including the fabrication and installation of high-density cabinets, rehousing the collections, and increasing the museum’s capacity for long-term preservation. 

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts seeks funding to implement the final phase in the adaption of an onsite viewable storage facility. Funding will support 1) fabrication and installation of high-density museum collection cabinets; 2) support of a professional collections handling company to re-house the museum’s collection into the new facility; 3) increasing capacity for preventative conservation and intellectual control during re-housing; 4) supplies and materials for re-housing. This new facility and the upgraded high-density cabinetry will enable us to be more effective stewards of our humanities collections as we implement conservation measures that are sustainable for the long term. The museum’s 2018 long-term strategic plan includes initiatives to expand the museum and to safely house and preserve the museum’s collection while increasing access to further educational initiatives and dissemination of information for the public.

PF-287660-22Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsState Historical Society of IowaPlanning for New High-Density Compact Archives Storage10/1/2022 - 2/28/2023$49,751.00Anthony Jahn   State Historical Society of IowaDes MoinesIA50319-1006USA2022History, GeneralSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access497510497510

Planning efforts to replace the State Historical Society of Iowa’s high density compact storage system, which has been inoperable since 2017.  

The State Historical Society of Iowa seeks a National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant of $49,751 to assemble an experienced interdisciplinary project team to develop a plan to replace the existing archives shelving system with new high-density compact archives shelving for the 9,000 square feet of integrated Special Collections and State Archives storage within Iowa’s State Historical Building in the capital city of Des Moines. The goal will be to develop a sustainable storage solution that meets industry-standard best practices for conservation including efficiency of ongoing collection management, protection of materials while on the shelf and lighting. The final deliverables will include schematic design documents and construction documents to be used for the implementation phase of the project.