NEDCCNew England Document Conservation Center (Andover, MA)
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Its aim is "to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value through digital reformatting." (7) Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and cover costs of preservation reformatting by qualified external service providers, such as NEDCC. If your institution has significant at-risk scholarly audio collections, there's still one more round of applications, so it's not too late.
Expert advice from the consultants and colleagues was invaluable, as were websites from organizations such as the NEDCC <> and NN/LM <>.
Wilson and NEDCC have taken on what seemed to be an insurmountable challenge to change tradition and status quo.
Among the items that NEDCC conserved was the diary of Agnes Von Kurowsky, Hemingway's Red Cross nurse at the hospital in Milan where he convalesced after his WWI injuries.
Four of the books, including Los Proverbios by Francisco Goya, Portrait of Mabel Dodge by Gertrude Stein, and Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and the The Torrents of Spring, received conservation treatment at NEDCC.
Rare books, such as the Hemingway family bible, a first edition of The Old Man and the Sea with Hemingway's marginalia, Agnes von Kurowsky's World War I diary, Goya's Los Proverbios, and a first, edition of Gertrude Stein's Portrait of Mabel Dodge, were sent to NEDCC for conservation.
On April 13, 1995, NEDCC presented the first School for Scanning as a one-day conference at the John E Kennedy Library in Boston (see Appendix 1).
NEDCC's energetic Field Service Director, Steve Dalton, worked with the National Park Service staff to develop the curriculum for the first three-day conference.
As start-up funding from the Mellon Foundation phased out, NEH provided support to NEDCC to continue the School for Scanning as the centerpiece of a national training program on reformatting.
NEDCC sought to appeal to the broadest possible audience and the wide range of professional affiliations of participants proved to be one of the important strengths of the program.
NEDCC received a grant from NEH that has enabled it to equip a state-of-the-art laboratory for copying photographic negatives.