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Subsidized preservation surveys

From: Laura Hortz <lhortz<-a>
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Please note that the application deadline is January 20, 2006 and
not January 20, 2005 as was posted earlier.

CCAHA Offers Subsidized Preservation Needs Assessments

A Preservation Needs Assessment is a key first step in developing a
preservation plan for collections.  In addition to pinpointing areas
of concern, the preservation needs assessment is widely recognized
as a valuable tool in fundraising for collections.

CCAHA's competitive subsidized Preservation Needs Assessment Program
for paper-based collections is being continued through the generous
funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Eligibility: If your institution owns a paper-based humanities
collection that is available to the public on a regularly scheduled
basis and has historical and educational significance, you are
eligible to apply for participation in CCAHA's subsidized
Preservation Needs Assessment Program. To be considered the
institution should demonstrate a strong commitment to collection
care, and the size of the institution's paper-based collection must
warrant a full day survey.  Institutions funded by the federal
government are not eligible because the program is funded by the
National Endowment for the Humanities.

Process: The preservation overview survey process encompasses a
general evaluation of the institution's preservation needs for their
collection: environment (temperature, relative humidity, pollution
and light), housekeeping, pest control, fire protection, security,
and disaster preparedness; collection storage, handling, exhibition,
and treatment; and preservation planning.  The site visit consists
of a review of the site, an examination of the collection, and
interviews with relevant staff.  The written report provides
observations, recommendations, and resources to serve as a guide in
the development of a comprehensive preservation plan for the

Cost: Preservation overview surveys can cost a minimum of $3,000.
Thanks to the funding received from the NEH, CCAHA is able to offer
a limited number of subsidized preservation overview surveys for
$350.  The grant funding also covers the surveyor's travel expenses.

Deadline: The deadline for application is January 20, 2006.
Additional deadlines may be posted after this date.  Please call if
you have questions or want to discuss the suitability of this
program for your institution.

To request an application form or to receive additional information,
please contact:

    Preservation Services Office
    Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
    264 South 23rd Street
    Philadelphia, PA  19103
    Fax: 215-735-9313
    ccaha<-a t->ccaha< . >org

Laura L. Hortz
Preservation Services Officer
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
264 S. 23rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Fax: 215-735-9313

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:17
                 Distributed: Thursday, October 6, 2005
                       Message Id: cdl-19-17-005
Received on Wednesday, 5 October, 2005

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