July 06, 2009
Conservation Bookshelf awarded to the SocietyTreasured artworks, rare books, historic photographs, maps, and manuscripts held at The State Historical Society of Missouri will be preserved for future generations with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).
“When IMLS launched this initiative to improve the dire state of our nation’s collections, we understood that the materials gathered for the Bookshelf would serve as important tools for museums, libraries, and archives nationwide,” said Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of IMLS. “We were both pleased and encouraged by the overwhelming interest of institutions prepared to answer the call to action, and we know that with their dedication, artifacts from our shared history will be preserved for future generations.”
Gary R. Kremer, Executive Director of the State Historical Society stated, “All of our materials will benefit from the Bookshelf, but the greatest area of concern is the art collection. Formal management policies and procedures are fundamental to provide consistent, museum quality care for this valuable resource.” The State Historical Society is planning for a new building, in which expanded storage and exhibit space will be provided for art works, but Kremer explained collections care will not wait for new headquarters: “Our staff seeks detailed information through resources such as the Bookshelf so that when the new building is a reality, best practices will be in place for the transfer, continued preservation, and increased access to the Society’s historical and cultural collections.”
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