University of Northern Colorado library faculty Jay Trask and Kay Lowell have been awarded a $3,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help fund the "Archival Environmental Monitoring for the James A. Michener Library" project.
The grant initiative will focus on developing an environmental monitoring program for the archival, rare books and special collections including the James A. Michener Special Collection. Humidity and temperature monitors will be placed in storage areas throughout the library. This will allow for detailed monitoring of the environmental conditions within the library to foster long-term preservation of materials.
The Archival Services Department contains approximately 7,000 linear feet of material including books, newspapers, photographs, negatives, motion picture film, lantern slides, furniture, sports equipment, sculptures and a variety of other materials in diverse formats. The department serves the need of both the university and the larger community of scholars and researchers.
The project is part of the "We the People" initiative by the NEH. It is designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study and understanding of American history, culture and democratic principles.