Preserving Treasures of the Past
A team of archivists and preservationists is hard at work in Washington DC with librarians and museum personnel from around the country. Thanks to a grant from the non-profit Heritage Foundation and the IMLS, they are learning the how-to's of preserving fragile, time and temperature-worn documents.
A recent survey, following the destruction evidenced by Hurricane Katrina, showed the following:
*More than half of the country's 30,000 libraries, museums and archives have had articles that were damaged by moisture
*26 percent of collecting institutions have no environmental controls, including 40 percent of libraries.
*80 percent of collections have no disaster plan