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Proceedings of the Smithsonian Institution Summit on the Museum Preservation Environment

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Added 2016-05-02
Publication date: 2016-05-02 (Hijri Calendar)
doi: 10.5479/si.9781935623878

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Proceedings of the Smithsonian Institution Summit on the Museum Preservation Environment

Sarah Stauderman, William G. Tompkins (Volume editor); G. Wayne Clough, Nancy Bechtol, Scott Miller, Stefan Michalski, R. Robert Waller, Michael Henry, James M. Reilly, Jonathan Ashley-Smith, Fiona Cousins, Cecily Grzywacz (Chapter/Paper Author)

This publication presents the proceedings of the Summit on the Museum Preservation Environment, held at the Smithsonian Institution in March 2013. The purpose of the summit was to start a conversation over a gap in collections management policy at the Smithsonian, namely, that Smithsonian collections and facilities management staff desire a written standard and best practices document for the management of environments in spaces where collections are housed. They acknowledged that the controlled environments of many of the Smithsonian’s collections were based on commonly held notions of environmental “standards” (i.e., 70°F/45% RH with ± variations) that are at odds with current and even historical research findings and not understood by stakeholders to be the final and best preservation environment for all collections. They further recognized that establishing environments for long-term preservation of collections must take into account mandated and socially responsible energy savings and sustainability goals.

Letter from the Secretary

G. Wayne Clough


Nancy Bechtol, Scott Miller


Sarah Stauderman, William G. Tompkins

Climate Guidelines for Heritage Collections: Where We Are in 2014, and How We Got Here

Stefan Michalski

Risk Assessment and Assignment of Environment Parameters

R. Robert Waller

Conservation Environments, Museum Buildings, and Sustainability

Michael Henry

Choosing Standards and Best Practices for Environmental Design and Operation

James M. Reilly

An Overview of a Process and Specification: The British Standards Institute Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 198, “Specification for managing environmental conditions for cultural collections”

Jonathan Ashley-Smith

Sustainability: Climate for Culture

Fiona Cousins

Panel Discussion–Relationships, Respect, and Trust: Collaboration among Museum and Facility Professionals

Cecily Grzywacz

A Guide to Discussions and Exercises Regarding the Preservation Environment: Determining and Implementing Your Institution’s Optimal and Sustainable Preservation Environment

Sarah Stauderman

Resources and References

Sarah Stauderman

Summit on the Museum Preservation Environment Program

Smithsonian Institution Declaration on the Collections Preservation Environment


Jonathan Ashley-Smith, Nancy Bechtol, G. Wayne Clough, Fiona Cousins, Cecily Grzywacz, Michael Henry, Stefan Michalski, Scott Miller, James M. Reilly, Sarah Stauderman, William G. Tompkins, R. Robert Waller

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