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George Eastman House
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Museums for America
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Collections Stewardship

The George Eastman House will hire a full-time archivist to work with two graduate-level student interns to arrange, describe, and rehouse approximately 215 linear feet of archival materials in the special collections vault of the museum's library and to expand the collections to include the institutional archives of George Eastman House by locating and processing materials currently stored in various locations throughout the facilities. To improve access, the project team will write standards-based (DACS/EAD) digital finding aids for newly processed collections, link them to existing records in the library's online public access catalog and the museum's collections records database, migrate the twelve or more existing handlists and inventories to standards-based digital formats, and make all finding aids available on the museum's public website. In addition to archival processing and metadata migration, the team will assess storage use in the special collections vault; relocate materials unrelated to special collections to other storage areas; and work with staff in other departments to identify institutional archives materials throughout the museum. This project will advance the preservation of and access to special collections materials held in the museum's library for the benefit of scholarly researchers and the general public.