2003 Washington Preservation Initiative Grant Awards

The Washington Preservation Initiative assists Washington state libraries of all types and sizes in preserving collections of materials with significant historical or cultural value, thus assuring the long-term access to these collections.

Grant Number: 03-WP-001 Award: $7,000
Organization: Everett Public Library

Abstract: Everett Public Library will preserve 126 nitrate panorama negatives taken by the J.A. Juleen Studio. They will make a duplicate safety negative and an archival print of each negative, purchase archival containers, and store them in their climate-controlled archive. They will digitize some of these images for their Web site.

Grant Number: 03-WP-003 Award: $19,360
Organization: Seattle Public Library

Abstract: The Seattle Public Library will preserve the Insurance Maps of Seattle, Washington, a unique and fragile set of 11 atlases published by the Sanborn Map Company. They will hire a conservation company to de-bind the atlases; repair and encapsulate individual pages; and rebind in smaller, easier to handle volumes.

Grant Number: 03-WP-006 Award: $20,000
Organization: Washington State University (WSU)

Abstract: WSU will conduct a prioritized preservation survey of processed manuscript and visual collections in WSU MASC, and will create preservation photocopies from the Lucullus V. McWhorter collection and preservation contact prints from celluloid and glass negatives in the Ralph Hutchison and Otto Hogue Henderson photograph collections.

Grant Number: 03-WP-008 Award: $8,000
Organization: Gonzaga University

Abstract: Gonzaga University will conduct a conservation treatment needs assessment of the Mt. St. Michaels Rare Books Collection of 2,774 volumes dating from 1484 to 1850. A consultant will assess the condition of the books and their environment and make recommendations for conservation treatments.

Grant Number: 03-WP-009 Award: $11,876.25
Organization: Ellensburg Public Library

Abstract: Photographs and audiocassettes in the Ellensburg Library's historical collection will be preserved: prints will be made of contact prints of people, places, and agriculture and will be placed in archival binders. In addition, oral history tapes will be copied onto compact disks and transcribed.

Grant Number: 03-WP-010 Award: $20,000
Organization: University of Washington

Abstract: The University of Washington plans to preserve their historical film collection: includes archival storage practices, cleaning, splicing, recording of basic subject information, transfer of selected materials to video, and production of a manual of practice for use by other archives setting up film preservation projects.

Grant Number: 03-WP-011 Award: $13,763.75
Organization: Sophie Frye Bass Library @ Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

Abstract: MOHAI will preserve a set of delicate, one-of-a-kind scrapbooks documenting the shipping industry throughout Washington state. Researchers throughout the state reference the 58 volumes, which include personal recollections, photographs, and newspaper clippings that are pasted into bound and unbound volumes. MOHAI plans to hire the Lacey Washington branch of Online Computer Library Center to transfer the scrapbooks onto microfilm. This will preserve the work and improve accessibility to this unique source of information. The scrapbooks themselves will be preserved in archival boxes and stored in MOHAI’s climate controlled environment.

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