FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 27, 2004
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697
HAI Awarded Second Library of Congress Contract
The Library of Congress’s Geography and Map Division has awarded a second contract to History Associates Incorporated of Rockville, Maryland, to rehouse and preserve elements of its extensive map collection. The collection occupies an entire city block””the equivalent of two football fields in the Library’s James Madison Building on Capitol Hill.
Since January 2004, when HAI’s Anita M. Weber and her team of archivists began the project for the Geography and Map Division, HAI has completed work on 80,000 U.S. state maps. Working drawer by drawer, they have transferred maps formerly stored in highly acidic folders into acid-free folders, while seeking to verify the accuracy of the maps’ placement, identity, and description. At the end of this process, Library personnel create an electronic record of map descriptions and locations.
Under the second contract, HAI will continue its conservation effort on 30,000 additional maps. HAI archivist Ryan Semmes will manage this phase of the project.
(Link to article describing HAI’s work on the project in the Library of Congress Information Bulletin, September 2003, available soon at http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0309/index.html.)
About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit www.historyassociates.com.