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The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium will catalog, inventory, document, and re-house approximately 6,200 undocumented or under-documented objects in their collection, representing 35 percent of their total collection. This documentation is critical to the continued understanding of the people and cultures of the Mississippi River. The project will support two new Collections Assistants, who will work along with volunteers to catalog and inventory the collection. Then they will re-house the collection, replacing ordinary cardboard boxes with archival quality boxes, boxing previously unboxed items, padding out textiles or other similar items with archival tissue as needed, relieving overcrowding in boxes that contain too many items, and better organizing objects within boxes to further reduce risk of damage. The project will improve stewardship of the collections by correcting and expanding the documented information for 6,200 objects in the collection, resulting in a more complete catalog of object records.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will carry out conservation treatments on 20 Chinese and 16 Japanese textiles, helping to stabilize these important works of art. With the significantly improved condition of 36 Asian textiles after treatment, the museum will be able to make them available for photography, display, and rotation. The detailed examination of the textiles during treatment will provide a more accurate understanding and description of the techniques used to create these sophisticated artifacts. The technical knowledge gained through the examination and treatment of the textiles will enhance the expertise of both the conservation staff and the curatorial staff. Exhibition mounts and window mat requirements for each conserved piece will be developed during the conservation treatment to prepare for future display. The conserved textiles will then be digitally photographed and published on the museum's website and displayed in the museum galleries in the context of the Chinese and Japanese collections.
The B&O Railroad Museum will undertake the restoration and treatment of B&O #51, the first streamlined diesel locomotive put into service, which in 1937 represented a major shift in locomotive technology. Project activities include research and documentation, asbestos abatement, preservation of original materials, inspection and restoration of subassemblies, and restoring original locomotive finishes to their 1937 appearances. Interior elements from later periods that are still found in the locomotive will be removed, treated, and documented by the museum and stored for upcoming exhibitions on the evolution of diesel technology in railroading. During the restoration process, the museum will conduct regular tours that will allow guests to view the process. In addition, the museum will provide regular progress updates to its patrons via email and make the results of the restoration available through a comprehensive project report.
The Brooklyn Museum will address key maintenance and repair needs in its Visible Storage Study Center in the Luce Center for American Art. Repairs to storage screen doors and lighting systems will expand accessibility to key objects, ensure the museum's preservation capacity, and improve storage conditions. Storage area repairs will also elicit great improvements in storage efficiency, contributing to a more visitor-friendly experience for students, scholars, and the general public. Additionally, project completion will serve as an example for other institutions facing similar concerns as their visible storage areas age.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) will migrate collections data for approximately 150,000 vertebrate paleontological and 134,000 mammal records from an antiquated database system to an electronic collections management system with far greater capabilities. The new system will allow CMNH to augment thousands of records with digital images, associated publications, and archival materials, while also connecting collections data to CMNH's mobile application and making the enhanced database records available through its website. The project will allow these resources to be accessible worldwide to researchers, students, and the public.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG) will implement DNA barcoding of its world-class collection of 2,000 orchid species in collaboration with barcoding experts at Columbus State University (CSU). This project will use existing DNA tools for documenting and verifying plant species to increase the scientific value of the collection, making it more accessible to a wider audience. As a result of this project, DNA barcodes, species images, and collections information will be accessible in an open access database, and herbarium vouchers of the living collection will be deposited at CSU. Additionally, a training program in DNA barcoding for high school and undergraduate students and teachers will be developed and implemented at ABG to support training in this technology and its applications. This project will serve as a model for documenting other plant collections at ABG and collaborating institutions.
Historic Cherry Hill will unpack and reinstall 1,863 objects and furnishings that were stored during a seven-year restoration of the historic house. In addition to unpacking and reinstalling collections, Historic Cherry Hill will work with a conservator to design and implement a light mitigation window system to protect collections on exhibit. A planned double roller system will include blackout shades for use during museum closings, and fabric mesh solar screen shades, which are intended to be remain lowered at all times. Reinstallation of the museum's collections and the new light mitigation system will improve both the museum's public profile and the preservation of its collections.
The Roosevelt Wild Life Collections (RWLC) at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry will rehouse 4,000 bird and bat specimens identified in a 2013 Conservation Assessment Program survey as most at-risk due to severe impacts of flooding, temperature fluctuations, overcrowding, and pest infestations and exacerbated by outdated, substandard storage cabinetry. Project activities will include assessing the condition of specimens to generate baseline data for documenting collections' improvements over time; electronically databasing specimens; bagging and moving specimens to a new walk-in freezer as part of an Integrated Pest Management plan; and rehousing specimens according to modern curation standards for transfer to in a section of new compactor shelving cabinets within RWLC's Research and Education Center. Project progress will be communicated through social media, national media presentations, and public- and student-accessible "windows on the collections" that will be part of the RWLC Research and Education Center.
The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum will install high-density moveable shelving in the museum's main building vault. The proposed shelving will double the vault's storage space, allowing materials to be properly stored and creating much-needed room for future collection growth. In addition to the shelving, a custom tabletop will be installed to provide an adequate space for collection management activities. Increasing the efficient use of storage space in the archival vault will create the additional room needed for the improved housing of current collections and the preservation of Seminole material culture.
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will significantly improve storage conditions and accessibility for their herpetology and ichthyology collections currently stored in substandard cabinetry. Specimens will be cleaned, photographed, and re-housed in high-quality cabinets, allowing the museum to alleviate overcrowding. All specimens will be photographed, reducing unnecessary handling of the specimens, and taxonomic determinations of each specimen will be verified and attributed correctly in the online database. Students will update specimen records by entering the content of hand-written labels into the database. In addition, the museum will use barcodes to track specimen used for research, teach, and exhibit purposes. The project ensures the long-term preservation of these collections while increasing their availability to students and researchers at Yale and to a wider audience through the online database.
In anticipation of a new museum facility, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington will improve the collection care, management, and accessibility of its malacology (shell) collection, considered the most extensive and valuable in the Pacific Northwest. This project will enhance the museum's ability to manage the collection by electronically cataloging, and labeling 20,000 specimen lots; improving collection care by rehousing 20,000 lots in archival specimen containers; broadening accessibility to the collection by rehousing 75,000 lots in new cabinets in the museum facility; and launching a publically-accessible online portal for the collection database. In addition, a portion of the work will take place in an experimental "Inside Out" gallery, providing museum visitors with an authentic experience that reveals the inner workings of a museum. The museum will also present the project results at professional conferences to share successes and lessons learned with the museum community.
The Arizona State Museum will re-house 2,000 archeological basketry specimens with high scholarly significance and interest to the museum and its audiences and will treat 116 high-priority archeological items identified as unstable and threatened with further deterioration. The re-housing treatments will follow professional standards and will be based on observations made during the survey period. Conservation staff will engage its Southwest Native Nations Advisory Board with coordinating efforts in basketry revitalization in communities. The staff will build on their extensive knowledge, skills, and experiences with this collection and its proposed treatments with ongoing involvement in Native American Grave Protection and Reparation Act and Arizona State Law consultations and reparation claims. A training component in the treatment project will address the museum's commitment to education and outreach through the inclusion of interns, graduate students, and tribal members. The project will also develop publications, lectures, web information, and workshops for professionals, tribal communities and the public.
The George Eastman Museum will catalog, digitize, and provide online access to the Gabriel Cromer Collection of early photography, which includes photographs, prints, albums, books, cameras, lenses, and early motion studies. The collection is a renown in both the area of early photography as well as early French photographic materials. The museum will fully catalog 4000 objects and create approximately 8,000 digital images. Completion of this project will allow the museum to achieve physical and intellectual control over this important collection, while serving the public by providing free online access for both scholarly research and recreational inquiry.
The Preservation Society of Newport County will digitize and create encoded archival description finding aids for 20 of its highest priority collections. These collections document the role Newport, Rhode Island, has played in shaping national cultural and social movements and include 2,000 individual manuscripts, photographs, and scrapbooks from approximately 1770 to the 1980s. Resulting digital images and corresponding information will be uploaded to a shared website for history related to Newport. The project will make the collection accessible to scholars and the public; enhance the intellectual control of the collections for internal management and use in public programming; and preserve the collection by reducing physical handing of the objects.
The San Diego Museum of Man (SDMoM) will improve stewardship and collection management of its ethnographic weapons collection by re-housing 3,000 artifacts for long-term preservation. The project will enable SDMoM to strengthen its adherence to conservation best practices, improving the safety and security of the collection. To expand accessibility and use of the collection for education programming, exhibition, lending purposes, and outside access, SDMoM also intends to increase intellectual and physical control of the objects. At the end of the project, a preservation plan completed by a conservation consultant will provide the framework for a sustainable approach to the collection's long-term care.
The Winterthur Museum will treat approximately 500 of its most vulnerable silver and silver alloy objects, by removing failed lacquer coatings applied before 1990. The project will enable the museum to continue research related to silver surface corrosion and to start new research on corrosion and coating issues for its copper alloy collection. Successful project completion insures the preservation of the museum's silver collection while on view and in study settings, meeting the museum's mission to educate general audiences in techniques and best practices of care without compromising collection safety. Through presentations of analytical information, staff will contribute new findings, recommendations, and cautions in lacquer-coating metals, and will also publish and present to the international conservation community quantifiable results from nearly 30 years of lacquer coating practices and analytical research.
The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) will create high-quality digital images with metadata tags for 5,287 artifacts, archival materials, photographs, and oral histories relating to the diverse history of the Seattle and Puget Sound region. Images will be searchable by the public and staff through the museum's online collections management system and through a shared regional online repository hosted by the University of Washington. The project will increase MOHAI's digital assets by more than 70 percent, providing immediate improvements to staff workflow, institutional collections management, and public accessibility. The project also will also increase the museum's capacity to carry out future digitization efforts by providing necessary equipment, establishing new systems to digitize materials in a cost- and time-efficient manner, and training additional volunteers.
Plimoth Plantation will partner with Mystic Seaport's Henry B. du Pont Preservation Shipyard to restore 27 planks along the lower port side of the Mayflower II's hull as part of the larger effort to return the vessel to U.S. Coast Guard operational status, scheduled for 2020. Following the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation Projects and the USCG NAVIC No. 7-95 Guidance of Inspection, Repair and Maintenance of Wooden Hulls, the work will employ 17th-century techniques and period-appropriate materials. Activities include purchasing and testing a forklift and aerial articulating boom lift; hauling out and stabilizing the vessel; removing old plank wood and fasteners; preparing the frame for new planks; selecting, cutting, and spiling the new plank stock; and then steaming, hanging, and fastening the new planks, one at a time. The project process and results will be documented through the USCG inspections, daily work logs, blog posts, and two podcasts featuring conservation-focused interviews with project staff.
The Maine State Museum, in consultation with the Maine State Library, Maine State Archives, and the Maine Historical Preservation Commission, will create the first long-range plan for the management of the museum's collections, institutional records, and reference resources comprising its archives. The museum will conduct a survey of the archives to determine the overall scope of these collections, as well as their particular strengths and weaknesses, resulting in collections assessment and preservation recommendations to support a detailed written plan for the future of the archival segment of the State Museum's collection. Additionally, this plan will allow for a much better understanding of the collection practices of other state institutions, and how the museum can leverage those practices in its own activities. This plan represents the first attempt in Maine's history to coordinate, and define in writing, the collecting work of these state agencies in relation to one another.
The Exploratorium will develop a model set of 50 exhibit biographies representing a broad collection of material related to each exhibit that is engaging, useful, and easily accessible for audiences. Exhibit biographies will include information ranging from exhibit design documents, photographs, and videos to related classroom activities and blog posts. The project will develop, test, and implement the process for gathering exhibit assets, standardize essential data fields, build an online web portal, and document the work. This sample of 50 will serve as a test with the goal of eventually adding all of the exhibits developed over the Exploratorium's history. The result will be a set of rich, broadly available resources that capture the phenomenon itself, the exhibit design and pedagogy, and documentation for use by the public.
Fort Ticonderoga Museum will inventory, rehouse, and relocate its archaeological and early museum collections. The project will improve the current state of collection preservation, increase intellectual and physical control of the collections, and enable the museum to plan for their future use. Activities include organizing, consolidating, and inventorying the collections in the current facility; rehousing the collection in labeled acid-free, plastic archival boxes; preparing off-site storage space; and relocating the collection. During the project, the museum will hold a symposium to present highlights and findings from the project. Project staff will also author social media posts and articles in the museum's print and online publications. A comprehensive evaluation will document work completed, the number of new collection records in the museum's collection database, data and analytics from an in-house conservation assessment, and the action steps that will be taken to continue preservation efforts.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art at Florida State University will purchase and install new painting storage screens and rolled textile storage units in the art storage facility and conservation laboratory. This project will move 160 paintings currently in offsite storage to the museum grounds. The museum will also conduct an inventory, photograph the collections, and update the museum's collection database. The project will allow for increased accessibility of the paintings, increased staff efficiency, improved documentation, and the facilitation of research by curators, conservators, registrars, and visiting scholars. The project enables the museum to house 100 percent of its painting collection onsite in proper environmental conditions, preserving the collection for future generations.
The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR) at the University of Arizona will re-house 100,000 specimens that are currently stored in a facility that lacks basic environmental and safety controls. Tree rings are natural recorders of environmental change over time. LTRR will re-house the specimen in archival-quality boxes, inventory the specimens, integrate them into LTRR's online collections database and transfer them to the archival storage facility on campus. Resolving the stewardship and access issues related to this subset of LTRR's collection contributes to the LTRR's commitment to the management of these irreplaceable resources while also making the specimens more accessible for research.
The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University will develop an open-access digital catalog and archive of 400 media artworks created by 300 artists in its Film/Video Studio over the last 25 years. Works will be digitized in a consistent, high-quality format on a platform with the capacity to stream films, and the collection's long-term preservation will be ensured. Conducted in consultation with metadata and digitization specialists at OSU Libraries and the History of Art department as well as colleagues across the country, the project will put into place not only a process for building on this archive but also a road map for other kinds of cataloging and digitization at the center and other museums. The archive will constitute a cross-section of the trends, patterns, and concerns of contemporary media artists for use by students, museums, libraries, artists, filmmakers, film aficionados, and the general public.
The Duke Lemur Center (DLC) will curate medical data collected over nearly 50 years from 4,200 individuals representing more than 40 different taxa of lemurs, lorises, galagos, and tarsiers. The data will be used to improve colony management and monitoring animal health, ensuring the long-term survival of the collection and increasing its value to researchers in diverse fields of inquiry. Project activities include data importation, mapping, and restructuring; data cleaning and verification; incorporation of data into the DLC animal database; data use, sharing, and release; and ongoing preservation of paper records and extraction of embedded descriptive data. Results will be disseminated through DLC's website, publication in a peer-reviewed journal, submission to a curated data repository, and through presentations and posters at professional meetings.
The Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota will digitally photograph 1,200 items in its ethnic clothing and men's wear collections as well as significant recent acquisitions and incorporate them into the museum's online database. The project, Design for Everyone: Increasing Access to Collections, will broaden access to the collections through electronic images and information, directly supporting the museum's mission to advance the understanding and appreciation of design and the awareness of how designed objects contribute to the quality of life. Through this project, the museum will expand upon the museum's education initiative to enhance object-based learning with the University of Minnesota's College of Design and foster greater use by faculty, students, and researchers of the collection's 33,700 objects.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will conduct a collections-wide inventory project. Staff will capture catalog information for all objects in the collections and record them in the museum's database. The museum's collection numbers more than 50,000 objects and is one of the world's most important sources of artifacts, images, documents, audio and visual recordings, oral histories and other documentation of the assassination of President Kennedy and the cultural legacy of that event. The inventory process will include reconciling object and record in the museum's collections management database, assessing condition and priority for image capture, rehousing and physically numbering each object when necessary, and editing or creating records with accurate data. The project will enable the museum to build on the success of a major cataloging project by adding records to the collections database, as well as improve searchability and intellectual control over collections.
The Elmhurst Art Museum will conduct a comprehensive historic structures report on the McCormick House, one of only three houses designed by 20th century architect Mies van de Rohe in the United States. The museum will also register the house with the National Register of Historic Places; conduct a condition assessment and develop a plan for conservation and restoration; gather feedback from the community, historical architecture organizations, and institutional partners to inform development of new programming for and about the house; and engage a visiting curator to utilize the gathered information in developing new interpretive materials and programming to raise awareness of the house. The museum's goals in undertaking this work are to identify and follow best practices as the steward of a historically significant structure, and to share access and knowledge about that structure with a broader audience of architectural visitors.
Victoria Mansion will conserve the original 1859-1860 painted finishes of the walls and ceilings of its Reception Suite, the only extant architectural commission by artist Giuseppe Guidicini. Project activities will include the photographic documentation and paint sampling for microanalysis and the removal of original fixtures and furnishings from the suite so the treatment of painted surfaces can begin. Additionally, project staff will repair the original interior shutters and install UV protective film. Staff collaboration will ensure that technical challenges are met and are in line with previously established standards that balance conservation, curatorial, and educational concerns. This project is a first step in the mansion's goal to present the interiors to the public as they originally appeared. The successful conservation of the suite will enhance the visitors' appreciation and understanding of a distinctive mid-nineteenth-century American aesthetic and lifestyle.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum will improve its management of and broaden access to 30,000 collection objects in phase two of its Great Explorations project. Project activities will include developing standards for accessioning and cataloging objects; digitally photographing each object; entering appropriate metadata into the museum's collection management system; connecting this database to the museum's digital asset management system; and making the data and images available via Flickr, the museum's website, and its online catalog, AeroCat. The project will result in improved object collections management and care through consistent cataloging and indexing processes, and will improve retrieval results for users, including staff, volunteers, researchers, aviation enthusiasts, authors, film producers, and the general public.
The North Carolina Museum of Art will complete a sculpture conservation project focusing on the marble patchwork Statue of Bacchus. The torso is a Roman Imperial copy of a rare early Classical Greek sculpture depicting an athletic nude male. Project activities will include the removal of the torso from its 16th-17th century limbs, the study of post-antique restoration materials and methods, and the reconstruction of the Bacchus by adding new replicas of the ancient components to the Baroque limbs and a re-creation of the missing right arm. The museum will develop an exhibition and digital experiences related to the sculpture's history as well as programmatic components that engage the public in the conservation process with behind-the-scenes inquiry-based interactive programs exploring how the scientific method is used to solve real-world art challenges.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will digitize, document, and present online 40,000 pages of primary-source textual material and objects from the Artist Archives. These unique collections comprise the personal archives of eight prominent American photographers of the 20th century - Carlotta Corpron, Nell Dorr, Laura Gilpin, Eliot Porter, Helen Post, Clara Sipprell, Erwin E. Smith, and Karl Struss. The project will have a tremendous impact on internal collection management, documentation, and intellectual control, while providing external users with a rich educational resource. Free public access to item-level archival records will extend the museum's commitment to public access, demonstrated by free museum admission, free public programs, public library hours, and online access to over 60,000 works of art from the museum's permanent collection. Connecting Artist Archives will serve as the next step toward addressing major institutional needs and fulfilling the museum's mission to support the study and enjoyment of American art.
The Louisiana State Museum will catalog, digitize, and disseminate its 17,402-item New Orleans Jazz Collection, which includes musical instruments, photographs, recordings, film, and sheet music. To share the objects with the widest possible audience while maintaining the highest standards of collections stewardship, the museum will hire a full-time photographer to capture digital images; verify and update catalog data in the museum's collection database; populate the image metadata fields with data from its collection management system; and generate derivative image files for use on the museum's website for delivery via in-gallery devices. The project will improve stewardship while broadening access to the collection for the direct benefit of the general public, students, scholars who wish to work with the original objects, and to educators who seek a new body of primary sources for enriching courses across the humanities.
Martha's Vineyard Museum will conserve its original 1854 Fresnel lens used at Gay Head Lighthouse from 1854 to 1952 and reinstall it in its new permanent location in Vineyard Haven. The 18-foot-high and 9-foot-wide lens is used to interpret the lore and history of maritime industries, optics, and the tradition of navigation, and is considered the single most important object in the museum's collections. The lens requires conservation treatment to alleviate corrosion, stabilize cracked panels, and replace damaged or missing elements. The entire lens will also receive a thorough cleaning. The lens is central to the museum's mission, and the object's care and maintenance will remain a top priority. With the lens installed within the new facility, its condition will be more easily monitored and its routine maintenance will be achievable in a way that is not possible in the current situation.
The Nashville Zoo, with a collection of 2,890 animals and 338 species from around the world, will purchase and install state-of-the-art equipment for its Large Animal Unit to enhance medical treatment and ongoing healthcare for its large animals. The current lack of space, equipment, and technology to appropriately care for its large animals impacts the existing collection as well as the potential to add new animals and species. In cooperation with veterinary specialists and facility designers, the zoo will finalize specifications, solicit and evaluate bids, and acquire equipment identified by the team as critical for supporting the medical care and extending the healthy lives of animals in the unit. Proposed upgrades will benefit the animals, care providers who will operate in a safer and more effective environment, the Middle Tennessee community, and the veterinary field through a state-of-the-art teaching environment. Long-term results will be measured by tracking animals treated, routine healthcare provided and health outcomes.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will conduct conservation stabilization treatment for 375 high-priority objects in its American Ethnology Collection of materials from 420 American Indian tribes, including clothing and accessories, cradleboards, musical instruments and toys, kachina, household items, horse gear and travel, and weapons. Concurrent with the project, and after stabilization treatment has occurred, the objects will be re-housed on customized mounts in new storage cabinets. Project results will be broadly disseminated during and after the project's completion through articles, a photographic blog, tours of the conservation lab and the collection center, and in a paper to be presented at a professional natural history conference. This project advances the museum's most fundamental purpose and its strategic plan by completing much-needed conservation treatments as a critical step in the continuum of optimal collection care, as well as providing physical stability to these collections while broadening access.
The Chicago History Museum will digitize and upgrade the storage of 35,000 cellulose nitrate negatives in more than 70 individual collections that document Chicago and its neighboring communities from the 1890s through the 1950s. The project is the third and final phase of a multiyear effort to identify and address the challenges of the nitrate holdings, incorporating methodologies and workflows developed, tested, and streamlined during prior phases. Project activities will include creating digital surrogates of the negatives to reduce potential of damage due to handling; verifying and enhancing electronic records; disseminating digital images to improve physical, intellectual, and administrative control; and upgrading the nitrate negatives' storage environment to safe, recommended laboratory-grade freezers to achieve preservation conditions. The project will both preserve the nitrate negatives for decades to come and foster increased staff and public use of the holdings with minimal additional wear and tear on the original materials.
The Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago will undertake phase four of its Integrated Database Project to improve its fragmented data management infrastructure. Project activities will include registration and digitization of the institute's archival material from excavations in Iraq and Syria; migration of 40,000 epigraphic survey records to an integrated database; registration and partial digitization of epigraphic survey paper records; and assessment of independent digital projects associated with the museum's holdings. Records imported or created during this phase will be linked to datasets transferred in previous phases, and all non-sensitive data will be available through public online access. The cohesive collection management system will contribute to the institute's management of growth, improve its infrastructure and internal access, expand its public outreach capabilities, and preserve access for global audiences.
The Nantucket Historical Association will improve the management and care of and expand access to its 2,000-item costume and textile collection. Project activities will include inventorying, re-cataloging, photographing, and assessing the condition of objects that have not otherwise been examined in the last five years; rehousing the collection and placing it in space-efficient compact shelving units in a space with improved climate control; and making photographs, accurate physical descriptions, and contextual information accessible through the association's online collections portal. Both the collection and its associated archival documentation will be better protected against environmental fluctuations; better housed; and more easily accessible. Detailed, accurate, and relevant collection information will be available online to help the public discover and learn from the collection. Improved cataloging will aid staff in the planning of exhibitions and programs, in the development of the collection, and in providing ready access to researchers.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will catalog, photograph, and digitize approximately 6,000 objects including Isabella Stewart Gardner's personal correspondence, as well as literary manuscripts, photographs, autographed letters, plaster casts, numismatics, news clippings, and other turn-of-the century ephemera collected over the course of Gardner's lifetime. The museum will also conduct a condition survey, create a conservation treatment plan, tag the digital items with metadata and curate all digital products into the museum's collection management system, and make these items accessible online through a website re-design. This project will allow the museum to foster a comprehensive understanding of the institution's purpose, relevance, and artistic significance for its staff, scholars, writers, and the general public by producing collection catalog records and metadata that are accurate, searchable, and discoverable online.
The Nebraska State Historical Society will improve the management and care of its Furniture and Large Artifact Collection, which documents the work and home life of Nebraskans and ways in which changes in technology and industry directly affected the state's people. Project activities include purchasing and installing a mobile storage unit; completing a conservation survey to help determine condition and future treatment priorities; minor cleaning; creating custom dust covers; and broadening access to photo and catalog records through the museum's online database. Project success will be defined as increasing the efficiency of the storage space, improving storage conditions for furniture and large artifacts, improving documentation of collections, and increasing public access to artifact information.
Sheldon Museum of Art will complete a digitization project of the collection, allowing the museum to better serve audiences, open doors to increased scholarship of the collection, expand K-12 and college student use, and enhance the collection's public research potential. A digitized collection substantively improves the institutional capacity of the museum, efficiency of staff, and protects the collection from unnecessary handling. Staff will photograph 1,800 artworks, verify data for 12,500 objects in the database, and implement a user friendly glossary of keyword standards. The updated database will be accessible online through the museum's website, and will provide the public with access to high-quality images of the collection.
The Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester will conduct a detailed conservation survey of 600 textiles in the Gallery's permanent collection including European, American and Asian costumes, Coptic textiles, American quilts and samplers, Central and Native American blankets and clothing, and work by contemporary textile artists like Olga de Amaral. In addition to the survey, the museum will re-house all objects in environmentally-sound storage materials and enlarge and upgrade its textile storage room, including the addition of appropriate storage furniture specifically designed for the Gallery's diverse collections. Addressing space issues through upgrades and new storage furniture will increase the ability of museum collections staff to access works of art safely with minimal handling, and provide additional space for future collections growth.
The Maine Historical Society (MHS) will catalog, re-house, digitize, and provide comprehensive online access to daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and glass plate negatives in its collection. These images include approximately 1,000 of the earliest photographic images made in Maine from approximately 1840-1870, including city scenes, rural landscapes, family and occupational portraits, and post-mortem photographs. Digitization of these early photographs will help preserve the collections by decreasing the need to handle fragile originals and will provide a research tool that can be accessed free of charge on MHS's Maine Memory Network.
The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and International Center for Osteopathic History (MOM-ICOH) will implement the third phase of its Osteopathic Heritage Collection Inventory Project, which is cataloging and digitizing approximately 8,000 objects in its online database. The items relate to the history of the founding school of osteopathic medicine and the work of several early osteopathic physicians. After completion, the public will gain access to an additional 10 percent of MOM-ICOH's total collection, and the museum's ability to assist researchers, scholars, and students in their search for osteopathic historical resource documents will be enhanced.
Naper Settlement will engage the services of professional conservators to clean, stabilize, and conserve a circa-1912 threshing machine once used by area farmers. Due to its deteriorated condition, treatment is required to ensure the thresher's long-term preservation. The thresher will be the centerpiece of an exhibition about the region's agricultural past in the area's new Agricultural Interpretive Center which is currently in development. Additionally, Naper Settlement will hold a two-day field-study workshop for emerging museum professionals in collections care and conservation of macro-artifacts. Besides resulting in a well-conserved threshing machine, the project will increase awareness of the regions agricultural history through print and digital communication and will explore new ways to use the thresher as an educational tool.
The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration will utilize collection data in restoration ecology to upgrade its historical Wenner insect collection which represents an uncommon historical record of insects in endangered coastal California habitats. The project will curate, barcode, image, database, and georeference the existing 9,000 insect specimens in the collection. This data will then be disseminated broadly to international specimen data resources. The project will also include an insect curation skills course as part of the already established course curriculum. Finally, the project will produce a manual on contemporary practices for curating and digitizing insect collections for small museums and provide workshops on insect identification and biodiversity. The preservation and digitization of this collection provides a much needed reference collection for the beneficial inclusion of insects in ongoing restoration assessments, furthering CCBER's ability to study insect pollinators and diversity in a restoration context.
The Princeton University Art Museum will upgrade its website to include basic information on all of its Asian art collections and extended content for over 1,500 prioritized objects, including exhibition histories, bibliography, interpretive content, curatorial descriptions, georeferencing, and subject tags. Planned activities include cataloguing, developing and designing work for the revitalization of the museum's Asian art collection microsite, and developing K-12 teaching resources. The project will allow curators to continue to add new collections information and more in-depth research as it becomes available through collection installations, exhibitions, publications, and programs. With this project the museum hopes to expand public and scholarly use of its Asian art collection by scholars, faculty, students, K-12 teachers, and general audiences.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) will improve the intellectual and physical management of approximately 5,600 items from the museum's significant nineteenth and twentieth century clothing collection. The project will employ two specialist consultants, two project staff and six work-study students over three semesters to complete the rehousing, cataloging and photography. This project will improve the physical management of the collection by consolidating it into the GRPM's climate controlled collection storage facility and re-housing individual pieces as needed. The improved cataloging content will support GRPM's programs, increase primary source learning resources for teachers and students including the GPRM's own Museum School with grades 6-12, and expand research opportunities for scholars. Once documented through this project, the clothing collection will be added to the GRPM online database and made accessible to the public.
The Denver Art Museum will catalog, document, migrate, and rehouse 425 electronic media artworks in four of its art and design collections. This collection includes artworks with video, audio, digital image, software, and website components contained on a range of storage media including videotapes, audiotapes, optical media, computer diskettes, and external hard drives. Without digital preservation activities, these electronic media objects are at risk for loss due to data degradation and technological obsolescence. Under the supervision of a new assistant conservator, the museum will purchase and configure necessary tools for electronic media preservation; catalog and rehouse the artworks; consult curators to preserve artist intent; and refine institutional guidelines for care of electronic media collections.