Free Preservation Needs Assessments for California Cultural and Historical Collections

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The California State Library is sponsoring free preservation needs assessments for cultural and historical collections in select counties, including museums, libraries, archives and historical societies. These assessments will help organizations identify risks to their collections and develop achievable preservation strategies, including environmental management, exhibit practices, digital collections policy development and disaster/emergency preparedness plans. Participating organizations will have the services of an experienced consultant and receive a comprehensive report that can be used in grants and other funding applications.

Small- and medium-sized organizations with analog and/or digital collections from the following counties are encouraged to apply:

  • Southern: Los Angeles, Orange
  • Central: Kern, Tulare, Fresno
  • Bay Area: San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo
  • Northern: Yuba, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolomne, Mariposa

Tribal cultural heritage organizations throughout the state are also encouraged to express interest.

To express interest in an assessment, please complete this survey by November 15, 2020.

For more information, please contact Frances Harrell of Myriad Consulting & Training at with any questions about the assessment process before or after submitting your survey answers.