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Preservation Action records

 Collection 0314-MDHC

Preservation Action, founded in 1974, is a non-profit lobbying group based in Washington D.C., that advocates for historic preservation at the national, regional, and local levels. The Preservation Action records consist of correspondence, minutes, reports, photographs, and research files related to the work of the organization. Preservation Action serves as an advocate for the historic preservation movement and actively lobbies Congress on issues of concern to the preservation field. The collection is unprocessed, but preliminary inventories of additional accessions are available. Ask the curator for more information.


  • 1975-1998

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research, and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.


102.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The bulk of the archival collection comprises files relating to various historic preservation programs and legislation. There are also boxes of correspondence, subject files, and photographs relating to the work of the various boards and committees, as well as the administration of the central office. Preservation Action published newsletters, bulletins, books, and pamphlets, many of which are present in the collection. These published resources provide an account of the activities and priorities of the organization throughout its history.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Preservation Action records have been donated in three accessions on February 14, 2006, November 2013, and October 17, 2016. A partnership agreement was drafted in 2006. Most recent accrual was donated on September 9, 2023.

Guide to the Preservation Action records
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742