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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
The Kennesaw State University Special Collections is seeking $6,000 to conserve its 1843 copy of the Declaration of Independence.
FUNDRAISING PAGE: https://crowdfund.kennesaw.edu/project/32720
Kennesaw State University copy of the Declaration of Independence, 1843
HISTORY OF THE OBJECT
The Bentley Rare Book Museum (BRBM) is a unit of the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books at Kennesaw State University and is home to over 10,000 rare books and manuscripts. One of the BRBM’s premier holdings is a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Independence, originally penned on parchment in 1776, began to show signs of age and deterioration by the 1820s. Secretary of State John Adams commissioned William J. Stone to make a copperplate engraving of the Declaration which was then used to print about two hundred copies of the document on parchment in 1823. Twenty years later, Peter Force was commissioned to print 1500 additional copies of the Declaration on paper for inclusion in a nine-volume set of books titled The American Archives. Force did not complete the series and only printed five-hundred copies of the Declaration. Now, only half of Force’s printings are known to exist. The BRBM has all nine volumes of Peter Force’s The American Archives and acquired one of the 1843 Declaration of Independence printings inside volume one of the fifth series of The American Archives. The BRBM’s copy of the Declaration of Independence is now one of the most prominent items in the rare book collection.
BENEFIT OF CONSERVATION
The Bentley Rare Book Museum is proud to own an 1843 copy of the Declaration of Independence, however, the preservation needs of this document heavily limit its use. The document is in critical need of mending, reframing, and an inert backing to protect its paper from further deterioration. Enhanced conservation treatment from experts at the Northeast Document Conservation Center will stabilize the document and prepare it for wide public engagement. Once conservation treatments are complete, the BRBM will facilitate in-person and digital outreach programs including exhibitions, online modules, and presentations that feature the Declaration of Independence copy and promote its historical significance to the public.
JoyEllen Williams, Special Collections Curator
Kennesaw State University Museums, Archives, and Rare Books
BLUE HILL OBSERVATORY AND SCIENCE CENTER
Blue Hill Observatory Historic Climate Record Books, 1885-1950s
The non-profit Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center, a National Historic Landmark located atop Great Blue Hill in Milton, Massachusetts, was recently awarded a “Save America’s Treasures” (SAT) grant, sponsored by the National Park Service and administered by IMLS, to preserve many of their historic climate resources.
In support of this project, the Observatory is seeking $65,000 to fulfill the obligation to raise matching funds for our SAT grant to completely digitize, conserve, and properly store their hand-written climate record books, which date from 1885 to the 1950’s.
This grant, which will be administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, requires a 1:1 match for the project. The volumes contain irreplaceable information from the early decades of the Observatory’s climate record, the longest running, most homogenous climate record in North America. The grant project will enhance its accessibility for science and education. Climate action through scientific data dissemination is essential and beneficial both locally and globally!
Blue Hill Observatory Climate Records - Preservation and Accessibility
The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization has recognized Blue Hill Observatory as a Centennial Observing Station because of the long-duration and high quality of their climate record. With digitization through the SAT grant, researchers and scientists worldwide can make ready use of Blue Hill Observatory data while limiting handling of the fragile historical books, which will be housed in new custom archival boxes. This climate record is also a focus of Blue Hill Observatory's STEM educational programming. The Observatory serves roughly 4,000 adults and 4,000 students each year, and complete digitization of these materials will enhance the use of this data throughout their STEM educational offerings.
The digitization and conservation of Blue Hill Observatory's handwritten climate record books—a true scientific and historic treasure—has never been more important than today with climate change and extreme weather events requiring immense research.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY VANCOUVER LIBRARY AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
WSU Vancouver Library Archives and Special Collections is seeking $3,500 to digitize and preserve the Carty tapes.
Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver’s Library Archives and Special Collections is seeking to preserve and provide access to audio recordings on dictabelt tapes from its James E. Carty Collection.
The dictabelt tapes are a part of a series of materials documenting Carty’s role as an attorney for the depression-era gangster and leader of the Karpis—Barker gang, Alvin ‘Creepy’ Karpis.
Carty, a WSU alumnus and former Clark County, Washington prosecuting attorney, was hired as a personal attorney by Karpis in 1969. At the time, Karpis was serving a life sentence for his role in the 1933 kidnapping and ransom of William Hamm, the millionaire giant of Minnesota’s Hamm’s Brewery.
Karpis was one of only four individuals to be listed on the FBI’s Public Enemy No.1 list and is documented as the first major arrest by J. Edgar Hoover. Documentation indicates that the dictabelt tapes contain conversations between Carty and Karpis, building a case for early parole. The tapes likely have significant information about Karpis’s arrest and his time in prison — and could have historical significance on the national level.
Currently, the dictabelt tapes are inaccessible. Dictabelt technology is obsolete and the players that are used to play the tapes are rare. Additionally, the tapes in the James E. Carty collection have some damage from being folded and creased over a long period of time. This damage would prevent the tapes from being played even if a dictabelt player was available. NEDCC's IRENE system will used to safely retrieve the audio from the dictabelts.
LEARN MORE: library.vancouver.wsu.edu/carty-project
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA, FAIRBANKS, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, Oral History Program
Recovering the Damaged Recording of a Lost Native Alaskan Dialect Using the IRENE Technology
The Alaska and Polar Regions Archives at the University of Alaska recently discovered four 78 RPM glass-based discs in the collection of Anthropologist Dorothy Jean Ray. Robyn Russell, Collections Manager of the Library’s Oral History Program says: “I opened the archival box, and inside there were four 78 rpm glass-base records in faded paper record jackets. The only information we had was the hand-written labels. For example, “Aleut (ATTU) #7 12/4/1945 ‘Song sung by father to child upon return after long absence.’”
Robyn explains, “With audio collections, you can’t look in the table of contents – you can’t thumb through them like a book to find out what it contains. You have to have playback. We knew that these recordings were unique and we could see that they were extremely fragile. We didn’t dare put a stylus to them. They were essentially hidden gems.”
READ more in the NEDCC Story: HIDDEN GEMS: The IRENE Technology Helps Preserve a Lost Native Alaskan Dialect
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ASHBY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Ashby, Massachusetts
1775 Revolutionary War Orderly Book
SUCCESS! FUNDS RAISED!
An Orderly Book for Capt. Abijah Wyman's Company for Col. William Prescott's Regiment, 5 of August 1775 to December ye 30th 1775
The Ashby Historical Society has recently received a late 1800’s copy of the 1775 Orderly Book of the Wyman Company an Ashby company during the siege of Boston in the Revolution.
WESTFORD MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Westford, MA
Conservation Treatment of Pastel Portrait of Governor John D. Long
SUCCESS! FUNDS RAISED!
The Westford Museum and Historical Society owns a pastel portrait of Gov. Long, which has been damaged over the years.
In September of 1857, freshly graduated from Harvard University, John D. Long came to Westford to become preceptor at the highly acclaimed Westford Academy. His detailed dairies documented his day to day activities at the school. The Westford Museum is creating a new exhibit about Westford Academy and would like to repair this pastel portrait of John D. Long to include in the exhibit.
John Davis Long was the 32nd Governor of Massachusetts, serving from 1880 to 1883. He later served as the Secretary of the Navy from 1897 to 1902, a period that included the primarily naval Spanish–American War. Help us preserve an image of such an interesting and important figure in history.
LEXINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Lexington, MA
Conservation treatment, rehousing, and digitization of the 1776 Jonas Clarke Commemorative Sermon
SUCCESS! FUNDS RAISED!
This thirty-four page booklet contains Reverend Jonas Clarke’s manuscript of the sermon he gave on April 19, 1776 “to commemorate the murder, blood-shed and Commencement of Hostilities, between Great-Britain and America” begun at the Battle of Lexington exactly one year before. Clarke (1730-1805) was the minister in Lexington from 1755 until his death, and he was present at the parsonage (the current Hancock-Clarke House) with visitors John Hancock and Samuel Adams during Paul Revere’s visit in April 1775. Clarke stood as a stronghold of Revolutionary ideals leading up to, and in the aftermath of, the Battle of Lexington. This document is an important part of the Jonas Clarke Family Collection of personal papers and sermons held by the Society.
Treatment needed: Cleaning, disbinding, mending and repair, deacidification, reassembling, creation of custom made housing, digitization.
SANDY ISLAND FAMILY CAMP ARCHIVES, Wolfeboro, NH
Conservation and Digitization of Rare Landscape Plans Created by the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architecture Firm
SUCCESS! FUNDS RAISED!
The Sandy Island Family Camp Archives is working to repair two historic landscape plans prepared for Sandy Island by the famous Olmsted Landscape Architects Firm and dated 1952 and 1938. "The plans are drawn on paper that is too old and brittle for us to handle safely, so we would like to have the plans repaired by paper conservation professionals," says Sara Clarkson of the Archives Committee. Once the plans are repaired, the plans will be digitized. Both the original plans and the digitized images will be available to interested Sandy Island viewers, to Sandy Island and YMCA historians, and to Olmsted historians.
UPDATE - March 2017:
The Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site recently posted images on their Flickr collection that show on-site photographs of the Sandy Island "Mens" Camp in 1938 and after the hurricane in 1939. The first visit seems to correspond to one of the plans being conserved in this project. Amazing to see the photos snapped by the Olmsted team! View the Images Here - Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.
NEW ENGLAND ELECTRIC RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Kennebunkport, Maine
(Owner/Operator of the Seashore Trolley Museum)
Conservation Treatment and Digitization of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban Employees Reunion Scrapbook 1938-1941
SUCCESS! FUNDS RAISED!
The Seashore Trolley Museum raised funds to conserve and digitize the contents of a significant resource of Maine transportation history; the Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) Employees Reunion Scrapbook (1938-1941).
The hundreds of digital files will be added to the expansive electric railway collection held in public trust in the Museum's library archives and will be available to researchers for purposes of education, exhibits, and display development. These incredible files will be crucial in creating interpretation programming in supplementing other conservation and restoration work on the only surviving representative of the majestic, high-speed, electric interurbans of the PLI, The Narcissus.
For more information on the scrapbook and the Narcissus Project, visit the Museum's great blog post showing extensive detail of the scrapbook contents.
Note: When donating on the Seashore Trolley Museum's Donate Page, please click on "Other" and specify "Scrapbook" to be sure your donation is recorded for the conservation and digitization project.
SOUTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Charleston, SC
Sandy Island Plantation Journals / Almanacs
These three almanacs provide an in-depth look at life and labor on an 18th century plantation, but the books are worn, with faded ink and torn pages. Dating from 1792, 1797, and 1798, the handwritten plantation journal entries were kept by Allard Belin near Georgetown, South Carolina. Entries pertain to planting and harvesting, maintaining ditches and drains, problems with an overseer, as well as a list of the names of slaves and number of blankets they received.
These materials are frequently requested by researchers but their fragile condition prohibits access. After treatment, the text will be available through digitization and the items will be part of our physical exhibit.
About the South Carolina Historical Society: http://schistory.org/who-we-are/visit-us/