The University of Cincinnatiís Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions has received a $100,000 grant from the John Hauck Foundation. The grant puts the University of Cincinnati Libraries beyond its total fundraising goal for the completion of the construction project critical to the preservation of Cincinnatiís rare and fragile medical collections.
"The grant from the Hauck Foundation will greatly enhance our efforts to preserve and promote Cincinnatiís rich medical history,Ē said Victoria A. Montavon, dean and university librarian. "The Winkler Centerís stewardship of unique materials that support medical scholars and researchers worldwide will receive still greater prominence as a result of the Hauck Foundationís generous support.Ē
The completion of the Winkler Center will provide a secure and environmentally sound space for the storage and preservation of the centerís collections, which include more than 65 archives, 35,000 rare books, 2,000 historical medical artifacts, and 5,000 photographs.
"On behalf of the Winkler Center Advisory Board, I would like to epress our gratitude for the generosity of the John Hauck Foundation and their long-standing dedication to helping us preserve Cincinnatiís treasured medical collections,Ē said John J. McDonough, MD, chair of the Winkler Center Advisory Board. "This gift puts us beyond the ambitious goal we set at the beginning of this campaign, allowing us to complete and furnish our new state-of-the-art facility.Ē
The new facility will specifically provide the following improvements to the Winkler Centerís ability to preserve fragile collections:
ēAn environmentally controlled and secure facility for the Winkler Centerís rare, unique, and fragile collections by achieving temperature and relative humidity standards.
ēMonitoring capabilities to ensure security of the collections.
ēAn additional exhibit gallery that will attract more visitors to view the centerís treasures.
ēSecure research room for visitors to use the Centerís materials.
ēAn archival services area where staff will process new collections and curate and preserve existing collections such as the Albert B. Sabin archives.
Fifteen years ago, the John Hauck Foundation provided a five-year grant to fund the processing and preservation of the Sabin archives. Scholars and students now visit the Hauck Center for the Albert Sabin Archives on a regular basis to conduct research in medical, political, and social history, as well as bioethics.
"We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Winkler Center through this grant,Ē said Paula B. Wharton, vice president & senior trust officer for Fifth Third Bank. "This grant further solidifies the John Hauck Foundationís 15-year relationship with the Winkler Center and reflects our mutual interest in preserving the legacy of Albert Sabin.Ē
The final phase of the Winkler Centerís construction is expected to be completed by September 2011.
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