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Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL 60616-3732)
Adam Strohm (Project Director: April 2018 to March 2021)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

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$3,297 (approved)
$2,671 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 6/30/2020

Environmental Monitoring of UASC 2018

The purchase and installation of environmental monitoring equipment and the analysis of temperature and relative humidity conditions for the university’s archives and special collections.  Consisting of 1,000 individual collections totaling 4,400 linear feet, the holdings include institutional records, correspondence, maps, minutes, reports, audio recordings, and student newspapers documenting the history of the Institute and its alumni and faculty, as well as the Near South Side and “Bronzeville” neighborhoods of Chicago.  Among the personal papers of former faculty members are transcripts of some of the earliest interviews conducted with Holocaust survivors by David Pablo Boder, author of the book, I Did Not Interview the Dead (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1949).

The Paul V. Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology seeks a $3,297 Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement an environmental monitoring program for the University Archives and Special Collections. This project would entail the placement of five dataloggers in locations in which UASC collections are stored, and will result in a final report of the monitoring results and analysis of environmental risks to UASC collections. The project would be the first comprehensive environmental monitoring of the UASC spaces since the University Archives was instituted in 1998, and would be the first step in establishing in instituting a long-term sustainable preservation plan for University Archives and Special Collections to mitigate the environmental threats posed to the UASC collections by a lack of adequate climate control, and the age of the library building and its mechanical systems.