Academic journal article The Hemingway Review

Update on the Save America's Treasure Grant

Academic journal article The Hemingway Review

Update on the Save America's Treasure Grant

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In 2004 the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the preservation of the Ernest Hemingway Collection. Preservation and conservation activities have started on the Collection. The Library is working with the Northeast Document Conservation Center [NEDCC] to conserve Hemingway's priceless documents. The first group of documents sent for conservation in December was Hemingway's Outgoing Correspondence, 1909-1944, which included his correspondence with family, friends, publishers, and other authors. The conservation of this material included reducing surface dirt, removing rust deposits from staples and dips, washing or deacidifying the documents, mending tears, and humidifying and flattening documents. That material has been returned to the Library and the remaining Outgoing Correspondence, 1945-1961, has been sent to NEDCC for conservation.

Simple preservation tasks will be undertaken in-house. Alyssa Pacy and Meghan Banach, students from the Simmons College Masters Program in Library and Information Science, are undertaking the re-housing project. All of Hemingway's papers will be relabeled and re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. To date, all of Hemingway's Manuscripts have been refoldered and re-housed. …

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