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The New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) will process, catalog, and digitize its recently acquired 11,000 item Jerni Collection of Antique Toys and Trains, an important collection of classic model-railroad artistry. N-YHS will unpack, catalog, digitize, and rehouse the collection; make images freely available through an online gallery; and move the objects from temporary storage to a new offsite storage facility. The project will increase intellectual control, improve stewardship, and provide greater access to the collection. It will also make it easier for the museum to include objects from the collection in exhibitions, education programs, and curriculum, thus benefitting N-YHS curators, registrars, conservators, and exhibition designers, as well as researchers, students, and the general public.
The Museum of Northern Arizona will undertake a project to address a high priority preservation need of its botany collection. The project has two primary goals: to physically and intellectually preserve and secure uncataloged specimen holdings, and to achieve intellectual control over a herbarium collection that does not yet align with current taxonomic order. Project activities include: reorganizing the herbarium to ensure that specimens are organized by current taxonomy and nomenclature; cataloging 3,544 botany specimens and entering that information in the museum's database; adding data to the Southwest Environmental Information Network; relocating newly cataloged botany specimens to permanent storage; and conducting a test imaging project on a select sample of botany holdings using recently developed digital guidelines and procedures. Completion of these activities will make the collections more accessible for researchers, and the staff will have greater intellectual control.
The South Dakota Art Museum at South Dakota State University will engage paper conservators from the Midwest Art Conservation Center to perform treatment of 37 illustrations created by Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator Paul Goble. During a conservation survey conducted in 2014, the works were identified as a high-priority because they were secured to poor-quality, rigid cardboard mounts and had flaking paint, adhesive residues, staining, and notations placed on the images by the publisher. Treatment reports will be recorded in the museum's collection database and object files. The works have been used for exhibition purposes, research and educational workshops, but are currently unavailable for use due to their deterioration and fragile condition. The project will ensure the long-term preservation of the illustrations to allow greater access for exhibition and research.
Historic New England will improve physical and online access to the Royal Barry Wills Associates Archive, a collection of materials documenting the history of Boston-based architectural firm, Royal Barry Wills Associates, from its founding in 1925 through 2003. Historic New England staff will catalog the collection, create digital records, and provide housing for the materials that meets current archival standards. Historic New England will also digitize 11,000 items that illustrate the firm's projects and activities, including architectural drawings, photographs, scrapbooks, and manuscripts. This project will ensure the long-term preservation of the archive and facilitate a better understanding of the influence that the Wills firm has had on domestic architecture in America.
The New Jersey State Museum (NJSM) will complete the second year of a three-year plan to improve the current functionality and future accessibility of its collections management database. The NJSM's collection holdings are comprised of over 2.6 million specimens, artifacts, and objects. Given the size and variety of the NJSM's holdings, the need for a fully functional database is critical to its collection, exhibition, research and interpretive uses of these artifacts. Through the project, NJSM will correct existing errors, expand the information in the digital records, and share this object data in both traditional and newer web-based ways.
The American Museum of Natural History will rehouse, conserve, image, and catalog their dry coral collection which includes 79 specimens from six protected species, including threatened elkhorn and staghorn corals. Project activities will include rehousing specimens in conservation-grade storage materials, preventing future deterioration; cleaning of specimens that are covered in dust, which can attract pests and abrade specimens and imaging and cataloging the collection in the museum's database with external search capability, allowing research access both online and by providing the means to monitor specimen loans. Progress and results will be disseminated widely at professional collection care and digitization conferences, and published in relevant journals.
The American Folk Art Museum will perform a comprehensive, item-by-item inventory review of each object in its 8,000-item permanent collection. The collection includes objects from the 18th century to the present, including works from traditional folk arts and contemporary self-taught artists. In addition to a basic cataloging, the museum registrar will perform a brief condition assessment of each object and make storage improvement recommendations. The project will enable the museum to prioritize objects that require conservation, identify objects that require improved conditions to prevent or mitigate deterioration, and document the location and movement history of each object for research and security purposes. The project will also enable the museum to audit and improve its electronic data, making the collection more accessible for curators, scholars, educators, and researchers.
The Mariners' Museum will purchase, install, and operate a new electrolytic reduction (ER) computer monitoring system to support the conservation of the revolving gun turret from the USS Monitor. The use of ER is a major part of the conservation process for the turret, as the information generated directly affects the museum's understanding of how the artifact's conservation treatment process is working and when it is necessary to make adjustments to the process. Both the hardware and software of the current system have become obsolete with technological support no longer available. The implementation of the new system will make it possible for conservation to be more efficiently completed while expanding the body of conservation knowledge that exists within the field. The project will benefit conservation and museum professionals around the world, as well as visitors to The Mariners' Museum, and public audiences reached by lectures and web content.
The San Francisco Art Institute will digitize and make available online its extensive exhibitions collections, which includes a large number of unique primary source materials such as correspondence, catalogs, press clippings, photographs, programs, and fliers, as well as the audio recordings of its related visiting artists and scholarly lecture series. The museum's exhibitions collections are an important resource for a wide range of researchers who incorporate their findings into lectures, books, films, artwork, and articles. Through the project, the museum will expand access to the collections by digitizing these items, cataloging them, and making them available on the museum's website and through online portals.
Indiana University's Paleontological Collection will generate a robust relational database for its approximately 1,200 nomenclatorial types, several thousand figured specimens, and approximately 30,000 microfossil slides. Under the guidance of the collection manager and a new graduate assistant, the museum will identify and correct inconsistencies in specimen metadata in the present catalog; assign unique identifiers linked to an internationally sponsored and recognized registry of earth-science specimens; digitally photograph each specimen; digitize the handwritten labels and catalog entries for each type specimen; re-house each type specimen in a new archival grade box; and print new labels with corrected metadata. The project will increase access to the collections to enable increased research activity, generate new loan activity, and enhance community outreach.
Michigan State University Museum will conduct general conservation surveys of the museum's natural science and cultural collections and begin to implement short-term care and rehousing improvements. A team of four visiting consultants will bring expertise in the care and conservation of natural science specimens, cultural objects, paper materials and documents, and textiles. The surveys will include broad assessments of environmental conditions in the museum facilities, exhibits, and collections spaces. Consultants will identify conservation problems and provide prioritized recommendations for future conservation activities. While on campus each consultant will deliver a collections care presentation in his or her area of expertise to a live campus audience and simultaneously to a virtual audience via web conference. Collections staff, with the help of two student assistants, will then begin to implement recommended activities. After the close of the project, the reports and outstanding recommendations will be used to inform components of a new long-range strategic plan to advance stewardship of MSU Museum collections.
The Adirondack Museum will repair, stabilize, and restore 82 primarily landscape paintings from its collection back to their original state. Treatment of the painting collection is currently the institution's highest preservation priority, as identified in the museum's long-range preservation plan and will address flaking and cleaving paint, tears, poor overpainting, surface dirt, and yellowed varnish. The project will enable the museum to display the paintings at the museum, as well as facilitate their increased use for museum loans and scholarly research. Beneficiaries of the project include museum curatorial and conservation staff, as well as researchers, conservators, artists, on-site and online visitors, and the general public. The project is intended to serve as a template for implementing the systematic treatment of other museum collections identified in the museum's long-range preservation plan.
The Norris Center for Natural History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will rehouse and digitize records from the Randall Morgan insect collection which consists of 70,000 insects from multiple threatened and biologically diverse habitats in Santa Cruz County. Project activities include: 1) rehousing the collection in new cabinets and drawers; 2) sorting 18,000 insects into taxonomic families; 3) labeling 3,000 insects; 4) identifying major pollinator groups to species; 5) digitizing 30,000 pollinator specimens and uploading the data to a widely-used database; and 6) disseminating results to the scientific, natural history education, and land management communities. The project will result in a searchable online database, and an established data digitization workflow that can be used in digitizing other center collections.
The Michigan History Center will develop plans to increase collection storage capacity and to improve environmental conditions at the Records Center where a majority of artifact collections are stored. The project will explore and recommend sustainable approaches to item preservation and conservation while also identifying responsible, efficient HVAC system upgrades, and cost-effective storage solutions that prioritize artifact preservation. Museum staff and specialists will produce reports documenting existing conditions, propose facility upgrade options, make recommendations for best value upgrades, and develop a phased approach to purchasing additional storage equipment. Upon completion, museum collections will be more accessible, thus making it easier for staff to track locations and retrieve objects, and increase use of objects in exhibitions and programs.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum (NCMM) will create storage and provide conservation for the influx of historic artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the pirate Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. Currently, 40 percent of the shipwreck still remains on the ocean floor, and beach erosion, dredging, and the threat of tropical storms jeopardize the safety of thousands of remaining artifacts. Current excavation plans are in place to retrieve the remaining objects by 2018. In partnership with the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Laboratory, a secondary wet storage and wet treatment capacity will be developed at NCMM to process small artifacts as they are recovered from the dives and the dredge spoil. The museum will also hire a full-time conservator for two years to preserve artifacts and engage public audiences in conservation science.
The Cooper Union will catalog, rehouse, and digitize original photographic records documenting nearly 3,000 student design projects dating from the 1930s to 2006. This core collection documents the thinking of architectural education leaders behind the major shifts in architectural teaching in the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection is difficult to access, resulting in long wait times and exposing the materials to repeated handling. The project will produce approximately 24,000 digital master files with accompanying metadata of drawings, models, and ephemera; digital master files with accompanying metadata of 320 audio cassettes and two linear feet of design studio texts; fully processed, archivally housed and cataloged collection records; a searchable, web-based public Collective Access platform populated with all permissioned, digitized material and item-level metadata, descriptions, and contextual information; a folder-level EAD finding aid and a collections level MARC21 record that are available to researchers via well-established bibliographic utilities; and a clearly defined long-term sustainability plan.
The Springfield Museums will stabilize and restore twenty Tiffany stained glass windows that are original to the main facade of the historic George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum which opened in 1896. The windows have deteriorated because of age, city pollution, the harsh New England weather and a poor restoration in the 1970s. The goals of the project are to stabilize the windows and to restore them, as closely as possible, to their original appearance and condition, using appropriate conservation techniques and materials. The project includes a provision to protect the windows and their restoration through the addition of exterior tempered glass. The restoration of the Tiffany stained glass windows will reintegrate important decorative features with the building as well as greatly increase the efficiency of the windows increasing the effectiveness of the museum environmental control system.
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will conduct a two-year project to digitize 300 three-dimensional objects from its collection of African art created by sub-Saharan tribal peoples. Project activities will include creating a high-resolution digital photograph of each object, cataloging the photographs in the museum's collections management database, and making them publically available on NOMA's website. The collection will be used in NOMA's online teacher network, mobile tours of the museum's galleries, in-classroom teaching posters, and the museum's quarterly print magazine, thus broadening access to and expanding the use of the collection.
The Middlebury College Museum of Art will improve the management of its collection by purchasing and implementing a new database system that will be more reliable and easier to access and navigate than its current outdated system. The museum will be able to better track loans, conservation records, images, and exhibition and publication progress, and it will be able to publish its collection online, thus broadening access and potentially expanding use. Project activities will include purchasing new collection management and digital publishing software along with associated licensing and employee training, and engaging data consultants to facilitate a successful data migration and integration of the new platform works with the museum's current Internet presence. Students, faculty, researchers, and the public will be able to access collections information simultaneously in multiple locations and languages. Museum staff will be able to track inquiries, identify those areas of the collection that are of greatest interest, and make more-informed decisions about potential publications and exhibitions.
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum (SHMM) will increase its collection storage capacity by rehousing its collection and installing high-density moveable shelving in the collection's storage vault and storeroom. To accomplish this, a comprehensive inventory of affected objects will be administered prior to and after they are temporarily relocated. During the installation of new shelving, staff will rehouse the objects into new archival containers with proper materials and mounts. Current inventory locations, as designated by SHMM's database, will be reassigned to objects once moveable shelving is installed, and rehousing is complete. This project will provide space for future growth of SHMM's collection, while also increasing staff efficiency for future research, teaching, and exhibition development.
The University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum will develop a geospatial collections database and series of GIS apps for mapping and managing the institution's living collections. Information on living collections of plants, animals, and natural communities is currently stored in a variety of electronic files and formats, and the vast majority of records lack digital locational data. The new unified geospatial collections database will be populated with current plant, animal, and natural community collections data, records from the U-M Herbarium and Museum of Zoology, and data on living collections published in the scientific literature. Records will be updated with precise locational data (GPS data) rather than subzone paper-map polygons and tabular codes. The integration of plant, animal, and natural community data into a single geospatial relational database will provide critical information for guiding collections stewardship.
The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico will improve stewardship of 1,288 boxes of bulk archaeological collections currently housed in a poorly secured off-site warehouse lacking environmental controls and fire suppression. Following the recommendations of a Conservation Re-assessment (ReCAP), the museum has made it a priority to rehouse the entire collection in the Hibben Center, located adjacent to the museum and designed specifically to house museum collections. The project will involve ordering compact shelving and supplies; relocating the existing collections in the Hibben Center to make room for the compact shelves; visually inspecting, freezing (if necessary for pest control), and moving the bulk collections to the Hibben Center; installing the compact shelving and carriage units; and then rehousing, cataloging, databasing, and organizing the collections on the new compact shelving. The rehousing work will be completed by volunteers and students under the supervision of museum staff, thus providing important hands-on experience for students enrolled in the university's Museum Collections Management course.
The University Museum of the University of Arkansas will rehouse its zoological mollusk collection in museum-quality cabinets with metal drawers, and place the mollusks in acid-free set-up trays and glass vials within the cabinets. Currently, the approximately 8,000 specimens are over-crowded within their cabinets and set-up trays. The project will include rearranging the mollusks in taxonomic order, labeling the specimen trays and any specimens not already numbered, and updating the collections records database. The updated catalog records will be shared with the community of researchers and other interested parties through uploading the catalog data to the iDigBio national research database. The project will ensure better preservation of the collection as well as improved access through updated and shared records.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will conduct a comprehensive inventory, rehousing, and reorganization of its costume and textiles collection as part of the first phase of an eight-year initiative to improve stewardship of and increase public access to the collection. The project will focus on 20,600 costume and textiles objects currently stored on the museum's campus to improve physical and online access to the objects and extend their longevity for research, exhibition, and public programming, as well as prepare them for a move to a new facility in 2018. Over a 15-month period, the project team will also shoot documentary-quality photographs for object records lacking current images and publish 4,100 new object records online, accessible through the museum's website. LACMA will evaluate the project regularly, ensuring adherence to processing benchmarks of 4,120 objects per quarter.
The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will install new window treatments in its 1983 Payson Building gallery and its 1801 McLellan House to minimize excessive light exposure for collections on display. Current window treatments (UV-rejecting film and visible-light reducing shades) are failing, and light levels in both spaces exceed those recommended for the display of light sensitive works of art. The project follows the recommendations of environmental analyses, building surveys, and studies of the energy efficiency, building envelope performance, roof integrity, and mechanical systems of PMA's buildings. The installation of shades and scrims will provide the necessary protection of the artworks and also maximize the space in which light-sensitive collections may be displayed.
Mount Auburn Cemetery will use new technologies and field data collection methods to inventory, document, and map the plant collections within a five-acre area surrounding Washington Tower, a highly diverse horticultural area within the cemetery. The project will engage the services of a consultant from the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS to advise on hardware and software infrastructure setup, field equipment training, workflow development, field inventory, and mapping methods. A Plants Record Intern will perform the fieldwork and carry out data processing. Lessons learned will be shared through the Mount Auburn website, its members' magazine, and a one-day workshop for regional peers. The results of this work will not only generate a useful inventory and map of the collections in this five-acre area, but will also inform Mount Auburn's future mapping and inventory projects, serve as a model for improved stewardship of the cemetery, and help other institutions conducting plant inventory projects in the future.
The Andy Warhol Museum will engage two painting conservators from the Intermuseum Conservation Association to undertake an item-level survey of 100 paintings that comprise a representative sample of each time period and technique of Warhol's work. The conservators will document the condition and conservation requirements for these works, enabling the museum to better define its criteria for placing objects on the "do not travel list" and develop conservation plans for works that are damaged or in need of attention. The conservators will spend five days on site completing the surveys, compile the resulting data into a written report, and then return for a half-day to conduct an examination workshop for Warhol staff.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will digitize approximately 3,000 photographs documenting their annual exhibitions from 1877-1969. As part of the digitization project, the photographs will be rehoused using appropriate methods and materials and moved to the museum's new storage space. Following imaging and cataloging, all photos will be made available through the museum's website, providing access to these images for scholars, students, and the general public. This project will establish proper workflows, standards, and best practices for digitizing and increasing public access to the museum's collections, and by properly rehousing and storing the photographs according to archival standards, it will extend the life of the photographs.
To limit the potential damage from a fire event in its historic house, the Rokeby Museum will hire a service provider to install a new aspirating smoke detection system. The house museum and associated buildings were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997 in recognition of their significant use on the underground railroad during the nineteenth century. The intended outcome of this project is increased fire security for an important historic structure and the nationally significant collection it houses.
The Wheeling Artisan Center will clean, catalog, and rehouse documents and artifacts in the LaBelle Nail Works Collection. This collection is a high priority of the center due to the importance of the collection in research on local industrial history, national architecture and immigration history. During the project, selected items will be cleaned of over a century of factory dust and grime. Condition assessments will be recorded and collected for future reference and to assess and prioritize conservation needs. Items in the collection will be cataloged and rehoused in archival quality storage to ensure their preservation. The records will be available for public use through the center's online collections database.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will improve preservation of and access to eleven collections that document sports history in the Philadelphia area spanning more than 150 years. The collections include photographs, financial records, correspondence, and memorabilia that document a range of sports, including tennis, rowing, cycling, cricket, and gymnastics. Project staff will perform conservation treatments on selected items, rehouse the collections in archival-quality boxes, folders, and other enclosures, and ensure that each collection is arranged in a manner that facilitates research use. Projected project outcomes include supporting scholarship, enhancing displays and publications, facilitating digitization of collection materials and improving the public visibility of the museum's sports history collections as a whole.
The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESPHS) will use the professional services of a conservation firm to treat, rehouse, and digitize a collection of 3,069 silver gelatin images of inmates from the early twentieth century, including 1,000 of which are bound together in a book and 2,069 additional photos mounted on loose leaves of paper. Once conserved, the images will be used in exhibitions and other programming efforts at ESPHS, and to promote civic engagement by encouraging visitors to contemplate and discuss the role of prisons across place and time. The digital images will be shared on the ESPHS website and through social media, making them broadly accessible to the public.
The Gold Nugget Museum and History Center will complete the second phase of its project to migrate its collection information from four different databases to a single comprehensive database. The museum will expand its work stations, hire additional staff and purchase new components of its database software to migrate 75 percent of its records within two years. The museum's collections consist of over 15,000 original artifacts, documents, and photographs from early mining days to the present day, records of which are not cataloged consistently. The project will ensure better physical and intellectual control of the collections, expand research access to the collections, and enable staff to generate reports on condition and track usage.
The Elgin Area Historical Society, in partnership with the Gail Borden Public Library, will digitize approximately 3,500 images in the museum's Elmer Gylleck Photograph Collection, which includes nearly 100 years of images of commercial and residential buildings, streetscapes, and images from social events. The collection is increasingly at risk of damage due to frequent handling and is difficult to access. The museum will scan and upload the photographs and their associated metadata to the Illinois Digital Archives website and the museum's website using collections management software. The project benefits the museum in several different ways, including creating greater access of the images for the community and improving collections management and stewardship.
The International Museum of Art & Science will improve the storage conditions for their framed art collection of approximately 600 pieces. The museum will purchase five mobile art racks and nineteen art storage shelves that will be installed in the museum's storage room. The museum, which serves a wide region of the Rio Grande Valley, holds a collection of framed art from around the world, with a focus on Texas and Mexico artists. The project will improve the storage conditions in the collections storage room, as well as create space to allow for collection growth in the future. In addition, once the collections are rehoused into appropriate shelving, complete inventory and photo documentation can safely occur, improving collections management and stewardship.
The Iroquois Indian Museum will develop an online searchable database of their 2,300 piece contemporary collection of Iroquois art and fine craft. The project will provide the museum with the opportunity to hire a consultant to complete photo documentation of the collection, and to provide staff with the software, training, and technical support to create a digital interface enabling individuals and institutions to learn from and explore the museum's collection. Digital documentation of the complete contemporary collection and creation of an open access database will significantly increase awareness of the diversity and quality of Iroquois art.
The Portland Museum will hire consultants to assist in creating and putting into action a comprehensive collections management plan. The plan will include determining the purpose of the museum, defining collection goals, solidifying procedures for acquiring and disposing objects, handling loans, and defining insurance policies. An inventory of museum holdings will be conducted including information about location, condition, and use restrictions. Additionally, the museum will initiate a registration process for each object, collection, or sub-collection. The project will improve conditions of and access to the collection.
The Adirondack History Center Museum will conduct conservation treatment of items from the Arto Monaco Collection, a high-priority collection consisting of toys and prototype models made by the artist, Arto Monaco, as well as signs, figures, and souvenirs from the Land of Makebelieve, an Adirondack theme park that was in operation from 1954-1979. Activities include conservation treatment of five high-priority items and remedial treatment and cleaning of the other objects in the collection. When the project is completed, the collection will be fully processed and conserved, benefitting both present and future museum audiences.
The Danforth Art Museum will purchase archival materials to rehouse 2,089 works on paper in the museum's permanent collection and to support a detailed conservation survey of select works as part of a larger program to fully catalog and digitize the collection. Actions to rehouse works on paper from framed to flat storage will immediately improve the preservation of the works. In addition, cataloging and digitizing activities will enhance the collections database and promote the management and intellectual control of the collection. These activities will preserve the works of art and produce tangible products to address a demand for increased accessibility to the collection.
Through its Accessing Augusta project, Augusta Museum of History will digitize and make public a portion of its Fitz-Symms Photography Studio Collection, one of the museum's most highly requested collections for image reproduction and research. Photo negatives in the collection capture a range of historical and anthropological data from the 1940s through 1990s, and illustrate the culture, economy, and race relations of a changing southern city. Staff will scan, rehouse, and upload metadata for 12,000 negatives, which will ultimately be available to the public through multiple platforms with the assistance of the South Carolina Digital Library, the Digital Library of Georgia, the Center for the Study of Georgia History, and the Digital Public Library of America.
Virginia National Guard Museum will conserve a Virginia Commonwealth flag and selected uniform pieces from its collection in order to stabilize their condition and allow for future display in exhibitions. Under the guidance of a professional conservator, the project will ensure the noteworthy pieces are stabilized from further decay, and that artifact rotation in exhibitions is increased. The stabilization of artifacts addresses a high priority need for conservation of these items revealed by a 2014 inventory and condition assessment, and will allow them to be stored with like items in the new curation facility that adheres to modern standards for lighting, environmental controls, and security.
Saint Vincent College's Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery will increase scholarly and public access to its Anderson/Hawthorne Textile Database and Research Collection (A/H Database & RC), a repository of 19th century woven coverlet data. The McCarl Coverlet Gallery will organize and rehouse the entire collection, create digital records for files on 9,000 weavers, and enable discovery of data online. The Collection is an essential tool for researchers, scholars, institutions, and the public of hand-loomed coverlets. By adding the database to the WorldCat online network and ArchiveGrid, the gallery will also make progress toward a strategic goal to provide public access to the A/H Database & RC.
Lost City Museum will work towards its goal of implementing a collections care plan by evaluating current temperature and humidity in storage facilities and galleries, procuring new storage to remedy the lack of space and inconsistent environment for organic materials, and continuing a much needed inventory of the collection. This project is part of the museum's larger collections management goals that include cataloging collection information and entering it into the database, creating a location system, improving environmental conditions, and increasing storage space for objects. Equipment to organize and preserve the condition of the objects will be purchased, including data loggers to record temperature and humidity, and a cabinet that will provide a controlled micro-climate for sensitive organic artifacts.
The Neon Museum will digitize, catalog, and develop a website archive for 1,000 items from its collection of historical signs from motels, casinos, and other Las Vegas businesses, as well as photographs, documents, postcards, renderings, and ephemera. The museum will hire a collections assistant to coordinate the digitization and cataloging process for all items and enter the metadata into a collections management system. The project will generate a detailed and searchable catalog of all pieces in the collection, improving access for staff and researchers to each item's age, original location, creator, distinguishing characteristics, material of manufacture, size, and weight.
Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will conduct a general preservation assessment survey and develop an updated long range conservation plan. The project will help ensure the museum has objective goals to drive its future conservation efforts. As a result of the survey and implementation of its recommendations, staff expect to improve the long term stability of the collection, which will create opportunities for the artwork to be more readily displayed in the museum; made available to visiting scholars, university students and faculty; and loaned to other institutions. The museum hosts approximately 100,000 visitors each year, and this project will provide greater access to its collection to a larger and more diverse audience.
Gadsden Arts Center will install museum-quality art storage and an environmental monitoring system for the safe storage of works from their permanent collection. The renovation of art storage is the first phase of the Center's strategic plan to address the growing need for proper art storage and other space limitations affecting exhibitions and education. The Gadsden Arts Center stewards a permanent collection of art created by artists primarily working in the southeastern United States, a large portion of which is considered Vernacular Art. Most of this artwork is created using non-traditional materials and found objects that require a stable environment. Improved storage and environmental monitoring will allow for improved curatorial and public access, which will lead to the enhanced assessment, study, and exhibition of the works.
Christ Church Preservation Trust will conduct conservation treatment on fragile early 18th century items considered critically important for the collection, and which are among the archives' most frequently-requested objects for research and exhibition. Conservation of the objects ensures their preservation for future generations of researchers and the approximately 350,000 people who visit Christ Church, Christ Church Burial Ground, and Neighborhood House each year. Christ Church's archives span a 300-year period, and provide insight into the formation of the United States along with the complicated relationship of religion, politics, and society in the 1700s.The archives are accessed by over 3,500 researchers annually and are a primary source of information for scholars researching early American religion, politics, architecture, and Revolutionary history.
Building on a recent collections conservation report, Portsmouth Athenaeum will develop a comprehensive preservation needs assessment and maintenance plan based on current professional standards, which will enable staff to assume a proactive, holistic stewardship of their buildings and collections. Portsmouth Athenaeum is the primary steward of the history of Portsmouth, NH, with broad and deep collections documenting the city and region's political, economic, and cultural development from the 17th century. This project is an essential first step toward preserving the heritage of the city and region for the benefit of all residents and visitors, and creating a sustainable stewardship model that can guide other local historical organizations in their preservation efforts. Results of this project will guide and inform the next phase of achieving optimal, coordinated and environmentally sustainable preservation of their holdings.
The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) will purchase and install equipment to rehouse 156 flat art works in their collection that are too large for conventional storage. The works will also be photographed and added to JSMA's searchable online database of more than 5,000 works. These works are important assets to the collection that highlight America's diverse heritage, traditions, and history, and reinforce the relevance of the arts as an important element of modern American life and culture, and are used by the museum to support teaching, exhibition programming, and outreach. They are currently underutilized due to storage difficulties. The improved storage conditions will allow JSMA to: 1) properly store these art works, 2) more safely access and retrieve these materials for class visits, academic research, and gallery exhibitions, and 3) photograph, catalog, and publish the images for worldwide access via the museum's searchable online database.
Beloit College's Logan Museum of Anthropology will rehouse images from its photograph collection that were identified in a recent conservation assessment as those most in need of preservation. The project will improve collections stewardship and long-term preservation of the museum's photograph collection of over 29,000 images that date from the late 1890s to the present. The photographs document the history of the museum's collections, curricular use of collections, and exhibits over the course of the museum's 121-year history. The museum will also develop a duplication plan for the works and consult with a conservator to benchmark progress and ensure best practice. Measures of success will be improved collections stewardship, long-term preservation of significant photograph collections, and increased institutional control over and capacity to manage these important and irreplaceable resources.