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Derek WebbThe W’s Archives has been chosen to participate in the 2013 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), joining 2,800 archives and museums served by CAP in its 22-year history.


Heritage Preservation’s CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. CAP assists archives and museums by providing funds for professional conservation and preservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and historic buildings and recommend ways to correctly improve collections and building conditions.

Heritage Preservation’s President Lawrence L. Reger, praised The W for “making the vital work of caring for collections and sites a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”

CAP provides a general conservation assessment of the archives’ collections and historic buildings. Professional conservators will spend two days surveying the site and three days preparing comprehensive reports that will identify conservation priorities. The on-site consultation will enable the MUW Archives to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures, and environmental conditions.

The assessment reports will help the archives make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range, and long-range care of their collections and historic structures. The MUW Archives expects to gain valuable insight into its preservation strategies from participating in CAP.

Derek Webb, The W’s archivist, said, “Participating in CAP is a great opportunity for us. The feedback we get from the conservators will help us take better care of our precious holdings and even make us more competitive for grants. We’re very grateful to Heritage Preservation and IMLS.”

The W archives is located in the Orr building annex on campus and specializes in materials documenting the history and legacy of the university. It is open by appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for its endangered heritage. To learn more about Heritage Preservation, please visit www.heritagepreservation.org.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The Institute proves leadership through research, policy development, and grant making. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

Sept. 9, 2013



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