|The new Railway Education Center.|
Beginning in December 2016 special high density rolling shelving was installed in the archival vault. The project was completed last week, a major milestone for a project that was first conceived in 1992.
The archival vault is a special windowless room with precise temperature and humidity control coupled with a clean-agent fire suppression system. These features were among the key recommendations contained in the needs assessment funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and performed by noted preservation librarian Randy Silverman. For some, these features may seem rather esoteric, but for archivists and curators it is vital for the preservation of documents and artifacts. Yet archival space is valuable so achieving maximum efficiency is in everyone's interest.
|An installer from WorkPointe levels the|
rails that will soon support the compact
rolling shelving carriages.
|Installation of new upper |
|Installing linoleum flooring.|
Completion of the archival vault and the installation of the first seven shelving carriages represents a remarkable milestone in development of the Northwest Railway Museum. Almost 3,000 linear feet of shelving now stand ready to accept small objects, photographs, maps, drawings, books and more. This milestone also represents the beginning of the real work: completing the sorting, cataloging, and finding aids for a collection 60 years in the making.