The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 21, Number 3
Sep 1997

Preservation Field Services Cooperate

[The following news story is reprinted from the June Commission on Preservation and Access Newsletter.]

Preservation field services located throughout the United States are responsible for providing a variety of resources to thousands of institutions and individuals. Each service produces educational materials and conducts training events geared to the needs of its region. When viewed as a whole, however, the combined offerings of these services can provide an even more powerful capacity to meet the nation's needs for preservation action.

To facilitate broader sharing of this knowledge and expertise, the Commission is sponsoring a one-year demonstration project. For the next 12 months, field services will test methods for sharing their information more widely.

One such method is a "Regional Alliance for Preservation" newsbrief, which will be written and distributed cooperatively by the field services. A copy of the first newsbrief (May 1997) was included with the last CPA newsletter. Copies may also be obtained from any of the field services listed below. A shared Website is under development.

The participants are all funded by the NEH. They are:

The AMIGOS Preservation Service [of] AMIGOS Bibliographic Council, Inc., Dallas

CCAHA (The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts), Philadelphia

NEDCC (Northeast Document Conservation Center), Andover, MA

SOLINET (The Southeastern Library Network Preservation Services), Atlanta

The addresses and telephone numbers of all but CCAHA are in the list of Useful Addresses, mailed recently to all AN subscribers. The information for CCAHA is:

Virgilia Rawnsley, Director of Preservation Services; Susan W. DuBois, Preservation Services Representative; 264 South 23rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215/545-0613; fax: 215/735-9313; e-mail:; Website:

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