In DHPSNY’s first Planning & Assessment round of 2017, we received an archival needs assessment application that particularly caught our eye. The name at the top was the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, and the Museum’s website raised our hopes for the possibility of a very interesting site visit. Now, a few months since ESAM received its survey report, we reconnected with Donna Esposito, Director of the Museum’s Vander Veer Research Center. She talked to us some more about the Museum’s collections, upcoming programs, and how to stay focused at work while WWII fighter planes drop in to refuel outside your window.
Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at DHPSNY! Our gift to you this year is a lovely assortment of new workshops for 2018, presented in 15 locations throughout New York State. As always, DHPSNY's education programs are presented free of charge for New York institutions.
Earlier this week, DHPSNY Preservation Specialist Gillian Marcus presented Mold: Prevention, Detection, and Response, perhaps our grossest webinar since Gillian's Pest Management presentation last year. This webinar identified the many species of mold commonly found in archival collections and explained how they reproduce, the environmental factors that affect their growth, and how you can prevent and mitigate damage.
All this week, our partners at the New York State Library, along with libraries and special collections around the world, invite you to #ColorOurCollections. This annual coloring fest encourages both children and adults alike to "explore, color, and connect with libraries and their collections."
Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday's webinar, Demystifying Cold and Frozen Storage, presented by Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator at CCAHA. This was a very popular session, packed with details on how to prepare for, implement, and maintain cold storage for your archival collections. We also had some great audience questions at the end of the presentation.
Just before the holidays, we announced our first Planning & Assessment Services application period of 2018. DHPSNY accepts applications year-round, with three review deadlines scheduled throughout the year in the spring, summer, and fall. The deadline to apply for the spring 2018 round is Friday, March 16th.
For the latest chat in our ongoing series, we caught up with Robert Clark, Director of Archives at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County. The Archive Center houses a number of historic collections and supports hundreds of important research projects each year. We talked with Robert about the history of the organization, a very special New York City street map, and what's in store for RAC in 2018.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first webinar of 2018, Preservation in Exhibits. DHPSNY Archives Specialist Amelia Parks led a very imformative presentation, discussing strategies for planning and installing exhibits of archival collections using preservation quality materials and following best practices for preservation strategies.
Hello, 2018! It's chilly this week at DHPSNY HQ—not quite as bad as conditions in this photo, but close. Despite the low temperatures, our spirits couldn't be higher as we look ahead to all that we have in store. We ended 2017 having awarded free Planning & Assessment Services to nearly 50 collecting institutions in New York State and with more than 1,000 attendees of DHPSNY's free education programs. We look forward to connecting with even more of you in the coming year.
Earlier this month, we began a new series of brief conversations with library, museum, and archives professionals and volunteers from around New York State. In our latest installment, we caught up with Jamie Quinn, Executive Director at the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, New York. Jamie has been at the Museum for 12 years and overseen the continued expansion of an archival collection of handwritten journals, service manuals, photographs, and other items that document the history of firefighting, from the lives of the firefighters themselves to the evolution of its tools and its depiction in popular culture and fine art.