About the Conservation ConneCTion project

Conservation ConneCTion is Connecticut’s response to the Connecting to Collections initiative funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Conservation ConneCTion, which is based at the Connecticut State Library, was created by a consortium of museum and library organizations throughout the state, including the Connecticut State Library, Commission on Culture and Tourism, Connecticut Humanities Council, Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archeological Center, as well as representatives from various libraries, historical societies, museums and archives in the state. Conservation ConneCTion is a collections care and conservation collaborative representing and open to all collection holding institutions, but not limited to museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies.
The goals of Conservation ConneCTion are to identify collection care needs and to develop a statewide plan to meet them. As well as to:

  • Identify those institutions that have not yet developed emergency plans
  • Identify significant items and collections in need of conservation and/or digitization.
  • Identify staff training and education needs.
  • Identify conservation expertise within the state and region.
  • Establish a mentoring program to enable librarians, curators, and archivists to learn from veteran conservators and other conservation experts.
  • Increase awareness within local and state government and with the private sector of the significance of the collections in Connecticut and the need to conserve them.

To read the grant narrative submitted to the IMLS Connecting to Collections grant program - http://www.imls.gov/applicants/samples/CtoC/Connecticut-Narrative.pdf