The New York State Education Department has awarded a five-year contract (2016-2021) to the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) to provide statewide archival and preservation services and technical expertise for eligible not-for-profit archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, and other institutions that hold historical records and/or library research materials in New York.
The contract is awarded through the Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services (DHPS), a joint program of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library created to deliver collections-related training, preservation surveys, archival assessments, and other services to the historical records communities across New York. DHPS unites the efforts of the State Archives’ Documentary Heritage Program and the State Library’s Program for Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials to provide grant funding to ensure that New York’s non-governmental archives and library research materials are preserved and accessible for generations to come.
CCAHA has led successful statewide programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. New York’s historical records community can expect high quality services from CCAHA, including:
- Constituent Needs Surveys
- Strategic Planning Assistance
- Archival Needs Surveys
- Conservation/Preservation Surveys
- Documentation Planning
- Workshops and Webinars
- Mentorship Programs
- Technical Assistance
A Constituent Needs Survey will help inform the first year work plan, which sets the program foundation with website development, communications and networking, assessment activities, and strategic planning. We are counting on New York’s archival and library professionals -- who represent a diverse array of institutions -- to voice their needs and challenges to DHPS so that CCAHA can respond to the needs of all eligible institutions in our state.
For further information, please contact: DHPS@nysed.gov.