Preparing for a National Emergency: The Committee on Conservation of Cultural Resources, 1939–1944

  title={Preparing for a National Emergency: The Committee on Conservation of Cultural Resources, 1939–1944},
  author={Jane Aikin},
  journal={The Library Quarterly},
  pages={257 - 285}
  • J. Aikin
  • Published 1 July 2007
  • Political Science
  • The Library Quarterly
In March 1940 the U.S. National Resources Planning Board established the Committee on Conservation of Cultural Resources to plan for the protection of federal cultural institutions during national emergencies. The committee provided a mechanism to bring officials together to consider protective measures for and evacuation of valuable books, paintings, and artifacts well before the United States entered World War II. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the committee executed its plan to… 
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