The National Endowment for the Humanities just announced their Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) grants, which aim to help cultural institutions preserve their humanities holdings. This program supports “preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections,” so that future generations can make use of these resources.
I want to encourage local organizations to step up to the plate and recognize the import humanities related collections that they are entrusted with. In our tourism driven age, more and more museums are being strapped to do more programs and provide greater access, but often to the neglect of their preservation and conservation efforts. I write this not to attack, but to encourage the many small cultural organizations that hold great local collections to continue to labor in their conservation efforts. Though your work is often thankless, know that the future scholars will thank you for attending to these collections.