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

More on the current summit from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Access North Georgia and WV Gazette.