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Oregon Connecting to Collections

Project Highlights

Oregon Heritage was awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for an Oregon Connecting to Collections (OC2C) project to support archives, libraries and museums in collections care and disaster preparedness. The project includes three components:

  • Heritage MentorCorps
  • Resource Website
    Statewide Training

Heritage MentorCorps 

A statewide network of volunteers trained in collections care and emergency management work directly with Oregon museums, libraries and archives to improve the care of cultural artifacts and prepare for emergencies.

MentorCorps members provide consulting, mentoring and training on these topics in ways that meet the needs of the 1,000 cultural heritage organizations in Oregon.

Mentors' experience ranges from graduate students to retired heritage executives with decades of experience. Mentors will be with organizations in their region of the state. All nonprofit and government archives, libraries and museums will be able to access the free service.

"We appreciate the mentors giving these organizations directly skills and knowledge," said Heritage Commission coordinator Kyle Jansson. "In the process of helping organizations, the mentors are also indirectly supporting the heritage of their own communities and regions."

Form information on requesting a mentor for an organization, visit the Heritage MentorCorps website.

Resource Website

A website is being developed to help people access informatin about collections care and emergency preparedness. Take a look.

In addition, you can use a Pocket Response Plan  for your organization to prepare for responding and recovering from disasters, both small and large. A special financial incentive is being offered to organizations that complete a Pocket Response Plan by July 1.

In additions, organizations may qualify to have an emergency plan consultant create a disaster plan without cost to them.

Statewide Training

Oregon Heritage provided workshops in basic and advanced collections care, and in disaster planning and response. Stay tuned for future workshops, including those at the Oregon Heritage Conference

Contact Information

For details about the program please contact:

Kyle Jansson  503-986-0673


Photo courtesy of the Heritage Programs Division, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
An artifact at Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Park.

The Oregon Heritage MentorCorps , the trainings and the website will assist archives, museums and libraries in the state with collections care and emergency management. In addition, the Oregon Heritage Commission is appointing two dozen statewide preservation leaders to an advisory group to plan and strategize on initiatives to preserving heritage collections. 
The Connecting to Collections Project planning group had found that more than half of the archives, libraries and museums in Oregon had no paid staff for preservation, and that 25 percent of heritage institutions have no funds allocated to preservation. In addition, 85 percent of the institutions do not have a disaster preparedness plan that is current and ready to be activated.
Its final Needs Assessment Report was made following public meetings, an online survey and a summit involving leaders of statewide archive, library and museum organizations.  
In 2006, the Heritage Health Index identified millions of items in the nation's museums, libraries and other cultural institutions that were in danger due to neglect, poor environmental conditions, lack of training, and other causes. 

The Connecting to Collections Project partners include the Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Library Association, Northwest Archivists, Oregon Museums Association, Oregon State Archives, Oregon State Library, Oregon Historical Society, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, and other organizations.

The Oregon Library Association has devoted an issue of its OLA Quarterly to this Oregon preservation effort.

Progress Reports
March 2013

Related information


Pocket Response Plan for Collections (PReP)


Disaster Plan Assistance Award

MentorCorps Information

IMLS grant application

Envisioning Oregon Planning Project

Heritage Health Index