Museum recipient of archive-development grant

Uses include monitoring technology

By SARALYN NORKUS saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 3/20/17

The Museum Center at Five Points was recently awarded a grant through the Tennessee State Library and Archives for archive development.

The museum’s $1,400 archive development grant will be used …

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Museum recipient of archive-development grant

Uses include monitoring technology

THE MUSEUM Center at Five Points has received an archive grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives that will be used for environmental monitoring and interior building improvements.
THE MUSEUM Center at Five Points has received an archive grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives that will be used for environmental monitoring and interior building improvements.
Banner photo, DANIEL GUY
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The Museum Center at Five Points was recently awarded a grant through the Tennessee State Library and Archives for archive development.

The museum’s $1,400 archive development grant will be used for environmental monitoring and for shelving.

“We are thankful for the support from our local legislators in getting this grant and others like it,” museum executive director Rufus Triplett declared.

According to Curator of Collections Emma-Leigh Evors, the museum’s continued and quick growth has led to some shuffling around of the archives and the need for more shelving and environmental monitoring.

“We will be getting an environmental monitoring logger, which will monitor the UV rays entering the archive,” Evors explained.

The museum is already actively monitoring temperature and humidity levels within the different areas of the building.

Flat, metal shelving, that helps preserve books by evenly distributing their weight, will also be purchased.

“With our museum growing as quickly as it has, we haven’t been able to buy as much shelving that has been needed. We’ll be able to rearrange some things and rehouse them now,” Evors added. “We’ve been working with a smaller space, so this shelving will help out a lot.”

In 2017, more than $95,000 in state funds is being awarded to develop and enhance 32 local archives.

“These are more than investments in archival supplies. These grants protect our state’s precious history while ensuring access to historical information for more Tennesseans than ever before,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said via press release.

“I’m proud the Library and Archives plays such a vital role in ensuring limited state and federal dollars are used wisely in every corner of our state.”

The Library and Archives is also awarding more than $300,000 in technology grants to 114 public libraries across Tennessee, which are funded by Tennessee state government and a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Cleveland Bradley County Public Library is one of those across the state to receive a technology grant, with theirs totaling $6,256.

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