Collections > Buildings
Recognize that building systems are distinct yet interrelated
components of the collection and that a building's physical,
functional, and cultural integrity and performance is vital
to conservation and interpretation of all collections.
Through documentation, assessment, treatment and interpretation it is helpful to develop an integrated approach to, and stewardship of, the buildings
systems: their interrelationship, design, assembly and construction,
use, performance, maintenance and physical, functional,
and cultural integrity.
Develop and implement a systems-based collections stewardship
system by which the work on any material, element, assembly,
- conforms to pertinent preservation standards;
- is conducted in concert with other collections needs; and
- through stewardship, guided and approved by conservators.
Mirror the nature of these systems and the benefit of
their coordinated stewardship through collaborative departmental
efforts, trans-disciplinary teamwork and decision-making, and
cost-effective and collective-sensitive prioritization and preservation.
The objective of this approach is to develop an understanding
of how the systems of the buildings integrate to protect themselves
and other collections. Seemingly insignificant problems in one
system may contribute to failures in other systems, eventually
posing a risk to the entire structure and the collections.
For example: a failed gutter, combined with a poorly sloped
site, will eventually weaken the foundation by allowing water
to enter the basement (as is the case in some structures). This,
in turn, will increase humidity in other parts of the building
through the process of rising damp. Therefore, it is imperative
that each building system be monitored regularly, and problems
or deficiencies corrected immediately.