Hi Michelle & Robin,
You can probably guess from the title what has been absorbing part of my week…..
I’ve been reviewing the disaster management plan for the Archives here and the question of contents insurance for the Archives came up. The insurance policy is held by the Irish Province and a representative from the insurance company is due to visit the Province Administration Offices next week – so good timing. The building and contents (furniture, office equipment etc) are covered but the policy specifically states that documents are not. Granted our wonderful archival collections are unique and completely irreplacable, I can understand why insurance companies won’t/can’t put a value on the contents, but I was hoping they might provide cover for conservation/preservation work in the event of fire/smoke/water damage.
Is there anything similar in place in Canada or Australia?
We are signing up with a UK based commercial company that offers disaster recovery and salvage services in the event of a disaster, but it would be great if the costs of remedial conservation work were covered in an insurance policy.
A quick straw poll of other similar sized archival repositories indicates that some have insurance cover (with limited cover for conservation costs), and others leave it in the hands of their building managers! Also most don’t have a policy (or the financial where withal) to create surrogate copies of prioritised archival collections. Where this has been done, they have been created on micro-film rather than digitised. Is this something that has been pursued in the Loreto Canadian or Australian archives?