National Endowment for the Humanities Library Preservation Fund

National Endowment for the Humanities Library Preservation Fund

Established in 1997, with a lead gift from Paul R. Dupee Jr. '65 and with matching funds from the NEH Challenge Grants Program, to support the preservation of library materials.
The National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Endowment was created in 1999 from a 5,000 grant and matching funds from alumni and other benefactors in the amount of .5 million. Since that time, we have treated more than 12,000 volumes from humanities collections in order to neutralize their acidic content and extend their useful lives. Other conservation activities have included custom constructed boxes for the books of the Lownes Collection of Significant Books in the History of Science which lines the walls of the Lownes Room in the John Hay Library, special housings for our cuneiform tablets and cones dating from 2000+ B.C.E., enclosures for daguerreotypes of the John Hay family, and the digital reformatting of more than one dozen deteriorating audiotapes from the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays. The fund help to support an exciting multi-year project with the Northeast Document Conservation Center to conserve the Major John C. Henshaw scrapbook (circa 1879). Treatment included cleaning, stabilizing and repairing the scrapbook pages, pamphlets, albumen, print, map and journals that comprise the scrapbook, and flattening and protecting the parchment documents it contains, including Henshaw's military commission signed by Abraham Lincoln. Note: The NEH preservation endowment supports two positions involved in preservation activities.