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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 in 2012 to support archives, libraries and museums in collections care and disaster preparedness. The project includes three components:

  • Heritage MentorCorps
  • Resource Website
  • Statewide Training
This grant was completed in 2016 and Oregon Heritage is dedicated to continuing to serve Oregon's heritage organizations through the MentorCorps, resource website, and 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 collections and prepare for emergencies.

MentorCorps members provide free consulting, mentoring and training on these topics in ways that meet the needs of over 1,000 cultural heritage organizations in Oregon. Mentors will visit in person or provide assistance electronically or telephonically.

Mentors work with organizations in their region of the state. All nonprofit and government archives, libraries and museums can access the free service.

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

Job Description for a Mentor

Application to be a Mentor

Resource Website

A website was developed and continues to be updated to help people access information 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.

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 and Oregon Heritage Summit

Contact Information

For details about the program, information on becoming a mentor, or to request a mentor, please contact:


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,  trainings and website will assist archives, museums and libraries in the state with collections care and emergency management. In addition, the Heritage Commission appointed two dozen statewide preservation leaders to an advisory group to plan and strategize on initiatives to preserve 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
October 2014
December 2015


Related information



Pocket Response Plan for Collections (PReP)

Application to be a Mentor


IMLS grant application

Heritage Health Index