A collection-level or item-level assessment can be used for budgeting and to support fundraising efforts and grant applications.
For a description of the assessment timeline and instructions on how to request a proposal, visit Working With Collection Assessments or download a printable Assessment Fact Sheet to share with administration or planning teams.
Collection-level assessments focus on a specific collection—often made up of several formats—within an institution. Examples are audio materials, photographic materials, negatives, rare books, maps, or architectural drawings. An NEDCC conservator or audio preservation expert will visit the institution to assess the collection, making recommendations for its care, including overall preventive maintenance actions as well as treatment options. A collection-level assessment may also identify groups of objects and individual objects in need of treatment and provide treatment proposals along with ball-park cost estimates for treatment at NEDCC. Priorities for a treatment program are included in the written report and can also be used to prioritize items for digitization.
Item-level condition assessments focus on a preselected group of artifacts. These assessments are more detailed in their object-level evaluation of materials than collection assessments and generally consist of in-depth examination of a relatively small group of objects (usually less than 200, depending on format). Treatment priorities are developed and ball-park cost estimates are prepared.
Item-level assessments are often an appropriate next step after an inventory is done and a collection-level assessment has been completed. Condition assessments are performed by members of NEDCC's audio and conservation staff and can be undertaken for a group of books, works of art, photographs, negatives, archival materials, or audio formats with less attention to addressing general preservation needs.
NEDCC conservators provide consultation services on many conservation issues. Please call NEDCC to discuss a customized consultation. Some of the most popular include:
Read about the experience and qualifications of the NEDCC Staff.
Complete information about how to work with NEDCC on a collection assessment, visit: Working with NEDCC on a Collection Assessment, or download a printable Assessment Fact Sheet, to share with administration or planning teams.
Director of Paper and Photograph Conservation
(978) 470-1010 ext. 228
Director of Book Conservation
(978) 470-1010 ext. 234
Director of Audio Preservation Services
(978) 470-1010, ext 237