Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 11, 2012

Preserver of photos, documents earns new state grant


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover’s Brickstone Square has received a grant of $21,900 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

This grant was awarded through the MCC’s Cultural Investment Portfolio Program and it will help support NEDCC’s mission to serve museums, archives, libraries, historical societies, town clerk offices, and other collection-holding organizations, as well as private and family collectors, according to a release from the center.

The center offers book and paper conservation treatment, digital imaging, assessments and consultations, and educational programs on the care and preservation of paper-based collections for institutions as well as individuals. Visitors from other countries often travel to Andover to learn about the latest techniques to preserve documents of all kinds, from Babe Ruth memorabilia to historical government artifacts hundreds of years old.

State grants are awarded through a competitive process. This grant “signifies that the Northeast Document Conservation Center provides a high level of public value through its programs and community service.”

MCC has a budget of $10 million, including about $8.4 million from the state of Massachusetts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. Its funds reach every community in Massachusetts. The stated mission of the MCC is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of the state’s communities.

The not-for-profit cultural industry says it has a $4.2 billion economic impact in the state.