In light of recent events, DHPSNY will host our remaining Conservations on Local History live online! So far, we have held three virtual conversations that have provided us with valuable insight from individuals across the State. We look forward to continuing these discussions live online next month, starting with the Southern Tier on Monday, June 1.
We're excited to announce the new class of Planning & Assessment Services sites from our latest application round! From a competitive pool of applicants, our advisory committee and field reviewers selected 18 organizations to receive free Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, and Strategic Planning assistance.
When the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent this past March, the Farmingdale Public Library in Nassau County rapidly adjusted its programs, services, and initiatives to the changing needs of its community. Recognizing the historical significance of the moment, the Library’s Local History Department responded by involving the community in several projects to ensure the COVID-19 experience of 2020 is not one that is forgotten by future generations.
In DHPSNY’s most recent live webinar presentation, Heather Hendry, CCAHA Senior Paper Conservator, discussed one of the most inescapable agents of deterioration—light— and how institutions can manage light exposure in their collections to prevent cumulative, irreversible damage.
In the most important stage of the Statewide Documentation Planning project, we’ve invited the historical records community to engage with us in conversations on local history in order to identify under-documented topics and peoples in New York State history. So far, we’ve held three virtual conversations that have provided us with invaluable insight from individuals in the Capital District, Western NY, and Northern NY. Before we pick back up with live sessions in early June, we’re moving the conversation online to the DHPSNY Community Facebook group!
The DHPSNY Mentorship Program establishes mentorship circles to serve individuals currently caring for historical records and unique library research collections or pursing an MLIS degree in the state of New York. In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, DHPSNY is working to create a space for individuals to meet virtually in small groups based on current needs and interests.
In the second presentation of our “Common Collection Conditions” series, Assessing the Condition of Your Book Collections, presenter Amber Hares, Book Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, discussed how to identify common condition problems found in book collections and how to prioritize collection items based on the urgency of conservation needs.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unsettling event in the history of New York State. DHPSNY, the New York State Archives, and the New York State Library recognize the gravity of the situation and want members of the historic records community to prioritize their individual safety and public health in general. We also recognize that a number of organizations have begun working on projects to document the impact of the pandemic on their communities.
For the latest chat in our ongoing Q&A series, we caught up with Leslie Hoffman, Historian at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, home of the National Vaudeville Artists Lodge / Will Rogers Memorial Hospital in Saranac Lake, NY (Clinton County). Since we last spoke, the history of the Will Rogers, formerly a tuberculosis hospital built to treat America's Vaudeville stars, has taken on new significance as the world copes with a new respiratory illness and an uncertain path to a new normal.
Maria Holden, Preservation Officer at the NYS Office of Cultural Education, gave a thorough and information overview of space planning for collecting institutions in last week’s webinar Space Planning: Getting Started. She discussed strategies for making the most of available storage space as well as the best practices and current standards for housing and storing institutional collections. Specifically, she shared an approach to space planning based on functions and the importance of keeping collection storage, access, and work areas functionally separate.