THC Emergency Resources

From an emergency salvage checklist to a list of organizations to contact after a disaster, the Texas Historical Commission has a great selection of resources for Texas institutions and historical properties impacted by weather events.

https://www.thc.texas.gov/news-events/disaster-resources-historic-properties

Recovering Wet Photographs

Photographs are a treasured part of a family’s or institution’s collection, and water damage can have a devastating effect on them. The Galveston Historical Foundation produced this short video showing how to recover wet photographs. Preservation Australia presents this ten-minute video about how to salvage photographs from water damaged albums.

Case Study: Whitney Museum of American Art

When Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in 2012, the Whitney Museum of American Art, adjacent to the Hudson River, and under construction at the time, had its original flood mitigation plans put to the test. Unprecedented amounts of water led the team to rethink the permanent and temporary measures to prevent water damage to the collection.

Full article:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10168664.2018.1549927

Highlights:

https://www.aam-us.org/2020/12/11/facing-the-rising-tide-how-the-whitney-museum-of-american-art-addresses-resiliency-and-storm-preparedness-through-design/

and

https://www.cooperrobertson.com/ideas/flood_mitigation/article/white_paper_flood_mitigation_in_museum_design