Proceedings of the Board of Regents Meeting held on September 28, 1987

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The tragic fire at Notre Dame brings the issue of emergency preparedness and collections care to the forefront. In this 1987 Board of Regents report, the Regents discuss such threats to the National Museum of Natural History. For instance, due to asbestos throughout the building, artifacts needed to be moved off site. The project, however, would not be completed for another three to five years. Additionally, the report noted that the majority of the HVAC systems were old and unable to regulate temperatures in storage spaces. Fire protection tactics, like adding sprinklers and alarm systems, were also addressed in this plan. Assist us in transcribing these proceedings to learn how museums consider caring for collections.

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