|funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services|
The Healthy Collections Initiative planning grant will conduct a statewide survey of cultural institutions to measure the state of collections care and readiness for emergencies in Georgia. The survey and resulting database, will address key recommendations of the Heritage Health Index (HHI) including assessing and improving storage conditions for collections, strengthening statewide emergency preparedness, heightening visibility of cultural repositories, and serving as a model for other states in the southeast and beyond.
The planning phase of the project will focus on updating and gathering contact information for all collections-holding institutions in Georgia, to develop and test the survey instrument that will include a stair step-type self assessment, and to expand the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board’s (GHRAB) Historical Organizations and Resources Directory.
Grant partners were selected to provide a comprehensive representation of collecting institutions in Georgia (archives, libraries, museums and historical societies), as well as organizations that can assist in promoting the importance of preservation and collections care statewide and raise the visibility of collecting repositories. Partner organizations will provide membership lists, promote the projects to their constituents, and serve on an advisory committee. The advisory committee will provide input regarding the survey tool and help to identity as many as possible of the collecting organizations in the state of Georgia, including libraries, archives, museums and historical societies (ALMHs)