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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2010) – Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that the Missouri State Archives, a division of her office, awarded a $1,042 grant to the Still National Osteopathic Museum and International Center for Osteopathic Health History.

The grant will be used to purchase specialized equipment to help ensure that the museum’s nearly 30,000-item collection is preserved. The museum houses artifacts and documents, such as historical osteopathic records, journals and books, which help recount the story of osteopathic medicine. From 2008-2009, about 7,900 people visited the museum, which is located in Kirksville, and 23,600 people visited the museum’s website (www.atsu.edu/museum).

“Missouri’s remarkable history needs to be preserved for future generations,” Carnahan said. “I am pleased to support local institutions across the state in their efforts to protect and make available the records of our past.”

The grant to the Still National Osteopathic Museum and International Center for Osteopathic Health History is part of $65,000 awarded to the Missouri State Archives by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to promote the preservation and availability of Missouri’s historical records. The majority of these funds have been awarded to local and regional institutions across the state for preservation and access projects.

“The funding to purchase an additional hygrothermograph is extremely timely, as the museum has expanded its collection space by 3,000 square feet in the last few months,” said Jason Haxton, director of the Still National Osteopathic Museum. “This purchase will help us measure and record the atmospheric humidity and temperature of the new space to better protect the historical collections unique to the founding of osteopathic medicine in northeast Missouri.”

Any public or private records repositories across the state that care for documents of significant historical value could have requested funds for records management and preservation projects. The projects include conservation services, consulting, indexing and describing collections, and the purchase of archival supplies and equipment. Grant recipients have one year to complete their projects and submit reports of their results.

Since 2001, similar grants totaling more than $560,000 have been awarded to Missouri’s historical records repositories through the Missouri Historical Records Grant Program (MHRGP). To learn more about the grant program, visit www.sos.mo.gov/archives/mhrab/guidelines.asp.

For more information about this grant, contact Debra Loguda-Summers, curator of the Still National Osteopathic Museum-International Center for Osteopathic History, at 660.626.2359 or dsummers@atsu.edu.

To find out more about Missouri’s Secretary of State’s office, visit www.sos.mo.gov.

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IMLSKIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Still National Osteopathic Museum and the A.T. Still Memorial Library received its second Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant in two years. The $30,577 grant will primarily be used to provide digitalized historic materials online that follow the growth of the founding institution of osteopathic medicine and additional papers of Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., the founder of osteopathy.

These handwritten papers document the early development of the osteopathic medical profession in rural northeast Missouri. Dr. Still (1828-1917) founded the American School of Osteopathy in 1892 in Kirksville (now A.T. Still University, a health sciences university comprised of five schools), significantly advancing healthcare beyond the standard American medical practice of his day. The digitalization project expands access to this historic collection by significantly increasing the services provided to academic scholars, physicians, researchers, students, the public, and libraries throughout Missouri and the far reaches of the Internet.

In January 2009, the museum and library received its first $38,761 LSTA grant to begin the transcription and digitalization process of Dr. Still’s personal and professional writings, many of which were unpublished at the time. According to Debra Loguda-Summers, museum curator and project director, more than 700 pages of Dr. Still’s documents were made available online at the Missouri Digital Heritage website, sponsored by Missouri State Archives and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

The museum’s most recent grant begins February 1. “The next stage of our work on this grant will cover the early growth and administration of the founding school in Kirksville,” said Museum Director Jason Haxton. “We will use the earliest board minutes, legal documents, and letters surrounding our university’s growth from a two-room school house into a national academic institution.”

This phase of the project is expected to take a year to complete and is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Still National Osteopathic Museum collects, preserves, and makes available artifacts and related materials to communicate the history and philosophy of osteopathic medicine to a global audience. The museum is headquartered on A.T. Still University’s Missouri Campus in Kirksville and is the only museum dedicated to the national history of osteopathic medicine.

The A.T. Still Memorial Library includes more than 80,000 volumes and more than 4,500 audiovisual items supporting education in the clinical and basic sciences at A.T. Still University. The library also serves the general public.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

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