Save America's Treasures

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The University of Arizona's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR) is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2010 recipient of the prestigious "Save America's Treasures" (SAT) grant.

Announced on February 1st 2011 in Washington DC, the grant includes $425,000 for support of our tree-ring collections -- the largest and most extensive dendrochronology collections in the world -- to be housed in the new Bryant Bannister Tree-ring Laboratory building, made possible by the generous support of Agnese N. Haury.

Take a brief virtual tour of the current Tree-Ring Lab archives with Director Thomas W. Swetnam and Director Emeritus Bryant Bannister. (Footage courtesy The UA Foundation, John Brown and Paul Tumarkin.)

Specifically, the SAT funds will be used to purchase mechanical-compact shelving units to be installed in the Mathematics East building when it is converted into the Tree-Ring Archive. The future Tree-Ring Archive (Math East building) will be integrated with and physically attached to the new office and laboratory building.

This decision and announcement comes from a competitive proposal process administered by the National Park Service and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The grants are made in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Save America's Treasures' private partner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

This is a highly competitive program. For FY 2010, there were more than 335 applications. The success rate for collections preservation funding was less than 2.5 percent.

The LTRR is grateful for the recognition and support of America's Treasures that we are conserving and studying here at the University of Arizona.

A brief announcement of the awards can be found here:

And a more detailed description of the program and this year's grantees here: