• Environmental and Security Upgrades to Preserve Library Collections

    Project Director(s):
    Christiana Morgan Grefe
    Author(s):
    Christiana Morgan Grefe, Kirsten Hammerstrom
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Data Rescue
    Subject(s):
    United States, History
    Item Type:
    White paper
    Institution:
    Rhode Island Historical Society
    Tag(s):
    NEH White papers, Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections, NEH Preservation and Access, American history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M61374
    Abstract:
    The Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) seeks $400,000 to support a $1.3 million project to install an environmental and humidity control system to protect the most important collection of Rhode Island historical material. The upgrade uses geothermal and solar components to elevate efficiencies and enhance long-term sustainability. It will secure the building envelope from moisture penetration, improve its thermal qualities, and enhance safety and security systems. The RIHS has successfully completed similar systems and complex construction projects. Project designs have been approved by the state historic preservation organization. Fundraising is well advanced and an NEH award is expected to be the last element needed to complete the effort. Recently reaccredited by the American Association of Museums, the RIHS sustains high standards of collections care and management. Current RIHS strategic plans have identified the Library upgrade as its highest collections-related priority.
    Notes:
    An implementation project to install a sustainable environmental control system and make building improvements and security upgrades to preserve collections documenting the history of Rhode Island from pre-European contact to the present.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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