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Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI)
A Collaborative Project between North and South Dakota


On behalf of everyone involved with the Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI), thank you for your participation in various aspects of the initiative, including attending collections care and disaster preparedness workshops, serving as host institutions, and completing Pocket Response Plans or written disaster plans.

Here is a flyer summarizing the efforts of DCCI over the past two years. We invite you to share this flyer with others in your institution and community to showcase the accomplishments of this initiative and the benefits of working collectively to preserve our heritage.

Again, thank you for your participation in DCCI and your commitment to protecting and preserving collections in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Thank you!

DCCI Advisory Committee

  • DCCI Project Co-Director: Chelle Somsen, State Archivist, South Dakota State Historical Society (SDSHS)
  • DCCI Project Co-Director: Mark Ryan, Director of Collections and Operations, Plains Art Museum
  • Ann Jenks, State Archivist, State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND)
  • Colleen Kirby, Assistant State Librarian, South Dakota State Library
  • Ronette Rumpca, Curator of Interpretation, SDSHS
  • Jay Smith, Museum Director, SDSHS
  • Jenny Yearous, Curator of Collections Management, SHSND

About DCCI
Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI) is a partnership between collections care professionals at museums, libraries and archives in North and South Dakota to improve collections care and emergency preparedness and response for small and mid-sized collecting heritage institutions across the two states.
DCCI is based on the findings from statewide planning projects undertaken separately by North and South Dakota between 2008 and 2010.

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