The Seattle Public Library awarded $30,000 grant from Washington State Library to encapsulate and store map collection
The Seattle Public Library has been awarded a Washington Preservation Initiative Grant for $30,000 from the Washington State Library to encapsulate and store the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room Map Collection at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave.
The funding source is the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the state of Washington. The Library will have one year to complete the work, which is scheduled to begin in late summer 2005.
The grant also provides for the cataloging of the entire collection into the Library's online catalog.
The map collection in the Seattle Room on Level 10 includes historic and current maps covering exploration in the Pacific Northwest and documenting the growth of the greater Puget Sound region by showing the development of roads, bridges, electric lines, streetcar routes and changes in shorelines and topography.
Encapsulation is a standard reversible conservation technique that involves placing an item in a protective Mylar covering without risking damage to the item. The public can safely browse a collection of fragile materials once it has been encapsulated.
"The Washington Preservation Initiative has given us a wonderful opportunity to stabilize and make accessible a rich resource for the citizens of Seattle," said Jodee Fenton, manager of the Seattle Room. "We are very grateful for this support and thank the staff at the State Library for their confidence."
The Seattle Public Library Foundation helped secure the grant and is providing full support for the progress of the project.
For more information contact:
Andra Addison, communications director
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