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1 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Selected Data from A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of Americas Collections

2 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. The Heritage Health Index Surveyed Archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, archaeological repositories, and scientific research organizations Collecting institutions of all sizes and from every U.S. state and territory The full range of collections from art to vertebrate paleontology

3 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Heritage Health Index Background The Heritage Health Index was developed with the input of 35 national associations and federal agencies that represent collecting institutions The survey questionnaire was written in consultation with more than 100 leading collections and preservation professionals Survey and analysis was conducted by RMC Research Corporation, a firm experienced in government and non-profit sector studies.

4 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Heritage Health Index Background In August 2004 the survey was sent to a sample group of 15,000 institutions representing all types and sizes of institutions in every U.S. state and territory The data collection ended December 2004 Report released December 6, Final report at

5 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. The Results of the Heritage Health Index Have Been Featured In The New York Times San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Columbus Dispatch through Associated Press story National Public Radios All Things Considered Christian Science Monitor Readers Digest American Libraries The Art Newspaper KJO-ABC TV in San Francisco …among other publications

6 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Heritage Health Index Response Rate Overall, 24% response rate with 3,370 surveys returned 90% response rate from 500 of the nations largest and most significant collections

7 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Heritage Health Index Data Projections Data has been projected to a study population of 30,827 collecting institutions and represents the condition and preservation needs of all U.S. collections held in the public trust

8 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Representation by Specific Institutions

9 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Representation by Size of Institution

10 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. 15% 16% 24% 19% 17% 10% Representation by Region

11 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. U.S. Institutions Have Taken Responsibility to Preserve 4.8 Billion Collections Items Books/Bound Volumes1.7 billion Microfilm/Microfiche1 billion Natural Science Specimens820.2 million Photographic Collections727.4 million Archaeological Collections, individually cataloged197.8 million Unbound Sheets, cataloged in items95.8 million Online Files54.6 million Historic Objects48.3 million Recorded Sound46.4 million Unbound Sheets, cataloged in linear feet43.6 million Moving Images40.2 million Art Objects21.2 million Digital Materials9 million Archaeological Collections, bulk cataloged in cubic feet2.6 million

12 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. 4.8 Billion Collections Items Are Held by U.S. Institutions - by type - Includes items for which institutions take a preservation responsibility

13 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. 4.8 Billion Collections Items Are Held by U.S. Institutions - by size - Includes items for which institutions take a preservation responsibility

14 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Condition of U.S. Collections

15 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Most Institutions Care for More Than Six Types of Collections Collections types: Books and bound volumes Unbound sheets Photographic collections Moving image collections Recorded sound collections Digital material collections Art objects Historic and ethnographic objects Archaeological collections Natural science specimens

16 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions Use of Environmental Controls for the Preservation of Collections

17 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions Using No Environmental Controls* for the Preservation of Collections - by type - *Including temperature, relative humidity, and light

18 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions Reporting Causes of Some and Significant Damage to Collections

19 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions Collections Stored in Areas Large Enough to Accommodate Them Safely and Appropriately 59%

20 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions Percentage of Collections Accessible Through a Catalog - by type -

21 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions With No Emergency Plan With Staff Trained to Carry It Out - by type -

22 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions With No Emergency Plan With Staff Trained to Carry It Out - by size -

23 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions with a Written, Long-range Plan for the Care of the Collection

24 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions Staffing for Conservation/Preservation Multiple responses allowed

25 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions Staffing for Conservation/Preservation - by type - Multiple responses allowed

26 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions Staffing for Conservation/Preservation - by size - Multiple responses allowed

27 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Average Number of Internal Staff* Who Perform Conservation/Preservation Activities *Includes conservation/preservation professional and support staff and volunteers

28 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. What Institutions Conservation/Preservation Program Includes Multiple responses allowed

29 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions with Funds Allocated for Conservation/ Preservation in Annual Budget

30 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions Annual Budget for Conservation/Preservation* - most recently completed fiscal year - * Includes funds for staffing, supplies, equipment, surveys, treatment, preservation reformatting, commercial binding, consultants, contractors, and other preservation costs

31 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions that Used Income from Endowed Funds for Conservation/Preservation - last three years -

32 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions that Have Received External Conservation/ Preservation Funding - last three years - Multiple responses allowed

33 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions that Have Applied for Conservation/Preservation Funding* - last three years - * Includes from private or public funding sources

34 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Institutions Reasons Why They Have Not Applied for Conservation/Preservation Funding* - last three years - Multiple responses allowed *Includes from private or public funding sources

35 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. Heritage Health Index Recommendations Every institution recommits to providing safe conditions for the collections they hold in trust Every collecting institution develops an emergency plan to protect its collections Every single institution assigns responsibility for caring for collections to members of its staff Individuals at all levels of government and in the private sector assume responsibility for providing the support that will allow these collections to survive

36 © 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. For more information, contact Heritage Preservation at or Heritage Health Index report available at


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