Emergency Preparedness & Recovery: A Selected Bibliography

Planning and Preparedness

Alire, Camila, ed. Library Disaster Planning and Recovery Handbook. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2000.

Anderson, Hazel and John McIntyre. Planning Manual for Disaster Control in Scottish Libraries & Record Offices. Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland, 1985.

Anglim, Christopher. “The Worst Thing That Could Happen: Law Library Disasters and Preparing for the Unimaginable.” AALL Spectrum 1, no. 4 (December 1996): 8-19. Chicago: American Association of Law Libraries.

Barton, John P., and Johanna G. Wellheiser, eds. An Ounce of Prevention: A Handbook on Disaster Contingency Planning for Archives, Libraries and Records Centres. Toronto: Toronto Area Archivists Group Education Foundation, 1985.

Blackmon-Mooring-Steamatic Catastrophe, Inc. Disaster Restoration Guide for Disaster Recovery Planners. Fort Worth, TX: BMS Catastrophe, 1993.

Brooks, Constance. Disaster Preparedness. Washington, DC: Association for Research Libraries, 1993.

Buchanan, Sally. “Disaster, Prevention, Preparedness and Action.” Library Trends 30 (Fall 1981): 241-252.

Disaster Planning and Recovery: An SLA Information Kit. Washington, DC: Special Libraries Association, 1989.

Disaster Planning, Preparedness and Recovery for Libraries and Archives: A RAMP Study with Guidelines. Paris: UNESCO, 1988.

Disaster Recovery Planning Conference Manual. Minneapolis: Upper Midwest Conservation Association, 1994.

Dorge, Valerie, and Sharon L. Jones, eds. Building an Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 1999.

Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry. Washington, D.C.: American Red Cross/Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1993.

Filderman, Lynne D. Natural Hazards Risk Profile. Washington, D.C.: American Red Cross, 1991.

Fortson, Judith. Disaster Planning and Recovery: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians and Archivists. New York: Neal-Schuman, 1992.

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 39 (Spring 2000): 1-183. (Entire Issue on Disaster Preparedness)

Lawrence, Priscilla O'Reilly. Before Disaster Strikes: Prevention, Planning, and Recovery. New Orleans: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1992.

Lindblom, Beth C. and Karen Motylewski. “Disaster Planning for Cultural Institutions.” AASLH Technical Leaflet #183. Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1993.

Morris, John. The Library Disaster Preparedness Handbook. Chicago: American Library Association, 1986.

Murray, Toby. Bibliography on Disasters, Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Recovery. Tulsa, OK: University of Tulsa Libraries, 1992.

Northeast Document Conservation Center. Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: A Manual, 3rd ed. Sherelyn Ogden, ed. Andover, MA: NEDCC, 1999.

O’Connell, Mildred. “Disaster Planning: Writing and Implementing Plans for Collections-Holding Institutions.” Technology & Conservation 8 (Summer 1983).

A Primer on Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Response: Paper-based Materials. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institute, Conservation Analytical Laboratory, et. al., 1993.

Society of American Archivists. Disaster Prevention and Preparedness. Problems in Archives Kit No. 10. Chicago: SAA, 1982.

Talking Points for Disaster Education Presentations. Washington, D.C.: American Red Cross, 1991.

Building Risk Management

Federal Emergency Management Agency. Safeguarding Your Historic Site: Basic Preparedness and Recovery Measures for Natural Disasters. Boston: FEMA, Region I., 1992.

Jones, Barclay, ed. Protecting Historic Architecture and Museum Collections from Natural Disasters. Stoneham, MA: Butterworth Publishers, 1986.

Northeast Document Conservation Center. Vulnerability of Collections During Renovations. Technical Leaflet, General Preservation. Andover, MA: 1992.


National Fire Protection Association. Recommended Practice for the Protection of Libraries and Library Collections (NFPA #910). Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association, 1985.

--. Recommended Practice for the Protection of Museums and Museum Collections (NFPA #911). Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association, 1985.

Trinkley, Michael. Can You Stand the Heat?: A Fire Safety Primer for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Atlanta: SOLINET, 1991/92.

Natural Disasters

Buchanan, Sally A. “The Stanford Library Flood Restoration Project.” College & Research Libraries 40(6) (November 1979): 539-48. See also Leighton.

Gere, James M. and Haresh C. Shah. Terra Non Firma: Understanding and Preparing for Earthquakes. New York: W.J. Freeman and Company, 1984.

Federal Emergency Management Agency. Flood Recovery Booklet. Washington, D.C.: FEMA and the American Red Cross, 1993.

Federal Emergency Management Agency and Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, U.S. Department of Commerce. Preparing for Hurricanes and Coastal Flooding: A Handbook for Local Officials. FEMA-50 Washington, DC: FEMA, 1983.

Feilden-Jones, Sir Bernard M. Between Two Earthquakes: Cultural Property in Seismic Zones. International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Rome, Italy, and The Getty Conservation Institute, Malibu, Calif., 1987.

Kraft, Nancy and Catherine Larson, Comps. Flood Recovery Booklet. Iowa City, Iowa: Iowa Cooperative Preservation Consortium, 1993.

Leighton, Philip D. “The Stanford Flood.” College & Research Libraries 40(5) (September 1979): 450-59. See also Buchanan.

Mathieson, David F. “Hurricane Preparedness: Establishing Workable Policies for Dealing With Storm Threats.” Technology and Conservation (Summer 1983): 28-29.

Nelson, Carl L. Protecting the Past from Natural Disasters. Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1991.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Tornados—Nature’s Violent Storms: A Preparedness Guide. NOAA/PA 92052, ARC 5002. Baltimore, MD: NOAA, Sept. 1992.

Solley, Thomas T., Joan Williams, and Linda Baden, comps. Planning for Earthquakes: A Guide for Museums. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 1987.

Insurance and Risk Management

Association of Research Libraries. Office of Management Services. Insuring Library Collections and Buildings. SPEC Flyer 178. Washington, DC: ARL, 1991.

Davis, Sheryl. “Some Guidelines for Understanding Insurance Coverage.” ConservatioNews 11(1) (March 1991): 21.

Flitner, Arthur. An Insurance Primer for the Local Historical Organization. AASLH Technical Leaflet #147. Nashville: AASLH, 1986.

Gandert, Slade Richard. “Insurance.” Library & Archival Security 4(1/2) (1982): 118-121.

Myers, Gerald E. Insurance Manual for Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association, 1977.

Seal, Robert A. “Insurance for Libraries: Part I.” Conservation Administration News 19 (October 1984): 8-9.

Seal, Robert A. “Insurance for Libraries: Part II.” Conservation Administration News 20 (January 1985): 10-11, 26.

Stumpf, Warren W. “Liability Insurance for Library Directors and Officers.” Library & Archival Security 7(2) (Summer 1985): 33-37.

Ungarelli, Donald L. “Insurance and Prevention: Why and How?” Library Trends 3(1) (Summer 1984): 57-68.


Northeast Document Conservation Center. Emergency Salvage of Moldy Paper Materials. Technical Leaflet. Andover, MA: NEDCC, 1992.

Nyberg, Sandra. The Invasion of the Giant Spore. Atlanta: Southeastern Library Network, Inc., Preservation Program Leaflet #5, November 1987.

Pest Control

Harmon, James D. Integrated Pest Management in Museum, Library and Archival Facilities. Indianapolis, IN: Harmon Preservation Pest Management, 1993.

Parker, Thomas A. How to Recognize and Eliminate Silverfish, Beetles, Cockroaches, Moths, Termites, Rats and Mildew in Library and Archives. Upland, PA: DIANE Publishing, 1988.

Story, Keith O. Approaches to Pest Management in Museums. Washington, DC: Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution, 1985.

Recovery: Books and Records

Eulenberg, Julia Niebuhr. Handbook for the Recovery of Water Damaged Business Records. Prairie Village, KS: Association of Records Managers and Administrators, 1986.

Hirst, Warwick. “Salvaging Flood Damaged Records.” Archives and Manuscripts 13 (1985): 24-29.

Northeast Document Conservation Center. Drying Wet Books and Records. Technical Leaflet. Andover, MA: NEDCC, 1992.

Recovery: Electronic Records

ARMA International Guideline for Records and Information Management: Magnetic Diskettes--Recovery Procedures. Prairie Village, KS: Association of Records Managers and Administrators, Inc., 1987.

Blackmon-Mooring-Steamatic Catastrophe, Inc., Special Technologies Division. Electronics and Magnetic Media Recovery. Fort Worth, TX: BMS-Cat, Inc, n.d.

DeWhitt, Benjamin L. “Long-Term Preservation of Data on Computer Magnetic Media: Part I.” Conservation Administration News 29 (April 1987): 7, 19, 28.

DeWhitt, Benjamin L. “Long-Term Preservation of Data on Computer Magnetic Media: Part II.” Conservation Administration News 30 (July 1987): 4, 24.

Olson, Nancy B. “Hanging Your Software Up to Dry.” College & Research Libraries News 47 (November 1986): 634-636.

Recovery: Multiple Formats

Lundquist, Eric. Salvage of Water Damaged Books, Documents, Micrographic and Magnetic Media. San Francisco: Document Reprocessors Publications, 1986.

Walsh, Betty. "Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Archival Collections: A Second Glance" WAAC Newsletter 19/2 (1997) and chart: "Salvage at a Glance".

Waters, Peter. Procedures for the Salvage of Water-Damaged Library Materials. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1979.

Recovery: Photographic Materials and Film

Albright, Gary E. “Flood Aftermath: The Preservation of Water-Damaged Photographs.” In Topics in Photographic Preservation, vol. 3, Robin E. Siegel, comp. Washington, DC: Photographic Materials Group, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 1989.

Hendricks, Klaus B. and B. Lesser. “Disaster Preparedness and Recovery: Photographic Materials.” American Archivist 46(1) (Winter 1983): 52-68.

Northeast Document Conservation Center. Emergency Salvage of Photographs. Technical Leaflet, Emergency Management. Andover, MA: NEDCC, 1992.

Reilly, James J. Care and Identification of 19th Century Photographic Prints. Rochester, NY: Eastman Kodak Company, 1986.

Wilhelm, Henry G. The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures. Grinnell, IA: Preservation Pub. Co., 1993.

Recovery: Special Media

Langelier, Gilles and Sandra Wright. “Contingency Planning for Cartographic Archives.” Archivaria 13 (Winter 1981-1982): 47-58.

McWilliams, Jerry. The Preservation and Restoration of Sound Recordings. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1979.

Weidner, Marilyn Kemp. Instructions on How to Unframe Wet Prints. Cooperstown, NY: New York State Historical Association Library, 1973.

Educational Videos

Academic Aftershocks. Sacramento: California Office of Emergency Services, 1996.

The Inside Track to Disaster Recovery. Prairie Village, KS: Association of Records Managers and Administrators, 1986.

Library and Archival Disaster: Preparedness and Recovery. Chicago: American Library Association Video, 1986.

Related Web Sites

CoOL (Conservation OnLine): http://palimpsest.stanford.edu

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency): http://www.fema.gov

San Diego/Imperial County Libraries Disaster Response Network: http://www.ucsd.edu/sildrn