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New York State Conservation/Preservation Grant Awards

From: Barbara Lilley <blilley>
Date: Tuesday, July 18, 1995
New York State Library Announces Grants to Preserve Rare Library

New York State Librarian Joseph F. Shubert today announced 39 grants
to libraries and other organizations to preserve deteriorating
library research materials. The grants, totaling $500,000 are part
of a $1.7 million comprehensive, statewide program to preserve
endangered materials important to the State.

According to Barbara Lilley, Conservation/Preservation
Program Officer in the New York State Library Development Team
the 1995 awards include projects that will preserve a number of
collections of unique photographs, architectural drawings;
brittle newspapers and archives, and other activities.  Examples
of grants awarded this year are:

The Adirondack Museum--Kamp Kill Kare Architectural Drawings
Conservation Project--$19,075 for the conservation treatment of
forty-nine architectural drawings of Kamp Kill Kare, an Adirondack
Great Camp, produced from 1916-22.  The site was originally owned by
William West Durant. Later owners included Timothy Woodruff,
Theodore Roosevelt's lieutenant governor and Alfred G. Vanderbilt.
In 1915 when building of the present building was begun, the camp
was owned by Francis P. Garvan. The material includes drawings done
in ink, pencil, pastel and water color and are in poor condition.
The drawings were prepared by Charles C. Hiscoe of the architectural
firm of John Russell Pope, known for Beaux Arts designs such as the
national Gallery of Art in Washington, for formal presentation.

New York Transit Museum Archives--Preservation of Subway
Construction Photographs--$25,000 to rehouse 27,228 photographs and
negatives documenting the construction of the New York City subway
system, from 1904-1933. The collection covers the earliest parts of
the Interborough Rapid Transit System, the Brooklyn-Manhattan
Transit system, and the Independent subway system and present an
extraordinarily detailed record of the commercial life and existing
architecture above ground along every section of the subway lines.
These images capture a wealth of detail of street life, commerce,
transportation, fashion, and other topics of interest to historians
of New York City and urban and social historians in general.
Because these images were made with large-format cameras with
precision expected of surveying teams, one has no difficulty reading
shop signs, prices in shop windows, street signs, and horsedrawn
omnibus departure schedules.

Albany Institute of History and Art--Gerber Photographic
Preservation Project -$15,021 has been funded for a photo
conservator to survey the Morris Gerber Photograph Collection of
29,500 negatives and prints. This collection is the best surviving
photographic record of the social, economic and cultural life in
Albany from the 1860's through the 1970's.  Business activity as
well as the changing physical fabric and street life in urban and
suburban Albany was documented by photographers Stephen Schreiber,
William Klein and the Knickerbocker News among others and brought
together as a collection by Morris Gerber.  After training project
staff will then rehouse, survey their condition and segregate glass,
nitrate and acetate negatives from prints.  A preservation plan for
the Gerber Collection will be part of the final report for this

Southeastern New York Library Resources Council--Basic Conservation
Techniques for Southeastern Libraries--$12,525 to provide a course
on basic conservation techniques.  Five three-hour sessions will be
held in two locations for thirty participants in the Mid-Hudson

Applications Encouraged for 1996

Most of the funds in the program are granted to comprehensive
research libraries, but the law sets aside $500,000 for preserving
materials in the collections of other libraries, archives,
historical societies and similar agencies.  According to Ms. Lilley,
the program provides modest financial support for projects to
preserve library research materials.  She said there is strong
competition for the $500,000 and that the maximum grant in the
program is $25,000. In the past the program has helped libraries and
other repositories preserve unique books, maps, photographs,
architectural drawings and archives.  While this is a competitive
grant program Ms. Lilley encourages institutions to seek funding
through this program.

Libraries, historical societies and other eligible organizations
applied for the funds in December 1994. Applications for the 1996
program will be due on December 1, 1995.

Discretionary Grant writing workshops will be offered in Albany on
September 11, Syracuse on September 18 and Bellport, L.I. on August
24.  For information about the Conservation/Preservation Program, or
to register for a workshop write to:

    Barbara Lilley
    Conservation/Preservation Program Officer
    New York State Library
    Library Development Team
    10C47 Cultural Education Center,
    Albany, NY  12230
    blilley [at] unix2__nysed__gov

1995/96 New York State Library Conservation/Preservation Program
Discretionary Grant Awards

Institution:        Adirondack Museum
City:               New York
County:             Hamilton
Award:              19,075
Project Title:      Kamp Kill Kare Architectural Drawings

Institution:        Albany Institute of History & Art
City:               Albany
County:             Albany
Award:              15,021
Project Title:      Gerber Photographic Preservation Project

Institution:        Alumnae Association of Albany
City:               Albany
County:             Albany
Award:              1,500
Project Title:      Preservation Needs Assessment--Archives of
                    Albany Academy for Girls

Institution:        American Bible Society
City:               New York
County:             New York
Award:              9,971
Project Title:      Photograph Preservation of U.S. Bible
                    Distribution: 1870-1950

Institution:        American Museum of Natural History
City:               New York
County:             New York
Award:              24,414
Project Title:      Akeley Nitrate Conversion

Institution:        Amherst Museum Colony Park
City:               Amherst
County:             Erie
Award:              8,085
Project Title:      General Preservation Survey

Institution:        Baker-Cederburg Museum & Archives
City:               Rochester
County:             Monroe
Award:              2,149
Project Title:      Scrapbook Preservation Microfilming

Institution:        Brooklyn College Library
City:               Brooklyn
County:             Kings
Award:              10,232
Project Title:      Preservation Survey of Robert L. Hess Africana

Institution:        Brooklyn Public Library
City:               Brooklyn
County:             Kings
Award:              2,909
Project Title:      Preservation Survey of the Brooklyn Collection

Institution:        Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
City:               Buffalo
County:             Erie
Award:              10,264
Project Title:      Collection Preservation and Microfilming Project

Institution:        Chemung County Historical Society
City:               Elmira
County:             Chemung
Award:              2,587
Project Title:      Map Conservation

Institution:        Frick Art Reference Library
City:               New York
County:             Manhattan
Award:              25,000
Project Title:      Duplication of Unique Frick Art Reference
                    Library Nitrate Negatives

Institution:        Hanford Hills Museum
City:               East Meredith
County:             Delaware
Award:              1,500
Project Title:      General Preservation Survey

Institution:        Huntington Memorial Library
City:               Oneonta
County:             Otsego
Award:              8,194
Project Title:      Preservation Project for : Photographs,
                    Maps/Drawings, Books

Institution:        Kent-Delord House Museum
City:               Plattsburgh
County:             Clinton
Award:              2,854
Project Title:      General Preservation Survey of Kent-Delord House
                    Museum Collection

Institution:        LaGuardia Community College
City:               Long Island City
County:             Queens
Award:              3,105
Project Title:      Microfilming the Mayor Robert F. Wagner Speeches

Institution:        Leo Baeck Institute, Inc.
City:               New York
Award:              22,900
Project Title:      Microfilming of Four Emigre Women Writers

Institution:        Library of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
City:               Buffalo
County:             Erie
Award:              2,552
Project Title:      General Preservation Survey of Library

Institution:        NYC Department of Records & Information
City:               New York
County:             New York
Award:              23,125
Project Title:      New York City Parks Drawings Color Microfiche

Institution:        New Rochelle Public Library
City:               New Rochelle
County:             Westchester
Award:              2,820
Project Title:      Conservation Treatment of Westchester County

Institution:        New York Academy of Medicine
City:               New York
County:             New York
Award:              13,750
Project Title:      Conservation Treatment of the John Wakefield
                    Francis Collection

Institution:        New York Transit Museum (Archives)
City:               Brooklyn
County:             Kings
Award:              25,000
Project Title:      Preservation of Subway Construction Photographs

Institution:        New York University Medical Center
City:               New York
County:             Manhattan
Award:              23,586
Project Title:      Microfilming of Casebooks of Bellevue Hospital,
                    1860- 1940

Institution:        Putnam County Historical Society
City:               Cold Spring
County:             Putnam
Award:              9,200
Project Title:      Preservation Microfilming of the Putnam County
                    News & Recorder

Institution:        Rockland County Archives
City:               New City
County:             Rockland
Award:              24,834
Project Title:      Preservation of Archival Records
                    1787-1958--Phase II

Institution:        Rye Historical Society
City:               Rye
County:             Westchester
Award:              2,796
Project Title:      Preservation of Photograph Collection

Institution:        Seneca Falls Historical Society
City:               Seneca Falls
County:             Seneca
Award:              3,812
Project Title:      Library-Archival Conservation

Institution:        Southeastern New York Library Resources Council
City:               Highland
County:             Ulster
Award:              12,450
Project Title:      Basic Conservation Techniques for Southeastern

Institution:        The Brooklyn Museum Libraries
City:               Brooklyn
County:             Kings
Award:              25,000
Project Title:      Preservation & Rehousing of Collections of
                    Brooklyn Museum Libraries

Institution:        The Garden Center of Rochester
City:               Rochester
County:             Monroe
Award:              1,680
Project Title:      General Preservation Survey

Institution:        The Huntington Historical Society
City:               Huntington
County:             Suffolk
Award:              16,879
Project Title:      Robert Stone Photograph Collection

Institution:        The Metropolitan Museum of Art
City:               New York
County:             New York
Award:              25,000
Project Title:      Preservation of a Collection of British
                    Illustrated Books

Institution:        The New York Botanical Garden
City:               Bronx
County:             Bronx
Award:              23,197
Project Title:      Garden Images of the Past

Institution:        The New York Institute for Special Education
City:               Bronx
County:             Bronx
Award:              4,687
Project Title:      NYISE General Preservation Survey

Institution:        The New York Society Library
City:               New York
County:             New York
Award:              22,883
Project Title:      Conservation of The Circulating Library of James

Institution:        Union Theological Seminary
City:               New York
County:             New York
Award:              13,242
Project Title:      Preservation Treatment of General Collections

Institution:        Washington County Clerk's Office
City:               Fort Edward
County:             Washington
Award:              24,750
Project Title:      Environmental Control System for Archival Vaults

Institution:        Wilderstein Preservation
City:               Rhinebeck
County:             Dutchess
Award:              3,998
Project Title:      Environmental Monitoring and Manuscript

Institution:        Yeshiva University
City:               New York
County:             New York
Award:              25,000
Project Title:      Preservation Microfilming: Koenigsberg

Total Funding:      $500,000

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:12
                   Distributed: Friday, July 21, 1995
                        Message Id: cdl-9-12-010
Received on Tuesday, 18 July, 1995

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