Grant Opportunity: Archives Arrangement & Description

Archives Arrangement & Description

Improve access to your archival collections.

An old postcard.Grant Amount:

Up to $20,000

Time Range:

1 year



Staff Contact:

Evan Knight

Program Description

Support to enhance further arrangement and description of archival collections that are demonstrably important to your institution and community.

Projects funds can be used for archival consultants (MBLC maintains a current list of vendors) to assist with any aspect of archival plans and practices needed for your project according to currently accepted national standards, including but not limited to:

  • training staff and volunteers in processing and rehousing,
  • policy development,
  • workflow planning,
  • collection-level and object-level processing,
  • estimating storage and supply needs, and
  • finding aid development.

It is acceptable to use portions of the grant for extra staff hours dedicated solely to this project (over and above other regular hours and duties), purchases of rehousing and processing supplies for the specific collection, and other related activities in the spirit of the grant in accordance with IMLS/MBLC guidelines.

In addition to satisfying the eligibility requirements for LSTA Direct Grants set by MBLC, applicants to this category must have recently completed a formal Preservation Assessment on file with MBLC by the application deadline. In lieu of this Preservation Assessment, applicants can complete two online questionnaires, available at MBLC LibGuide for Preservation in MA Libraries | Forms:

  1. Preservation Self-Assessment
  2. Special Collection Management Priorities

For More Information

Robert Favini, Head of Library Advisory and Development
617-725-1860 x237
857-488-6590 (Mobile)

Amy Clayton, Administrative Coordinator
617-725-1860 x228
857-488-6408 (Mobile)