• Evaluation of Potential Collection Storage Areas at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.

    Project Director(s):
    Sara Jane Elk
    Author(s):
    Sara Jane Elk
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Data Rescue
    Subject(s):
    Museums--Study and teaching, Historic preservation
    Item Type:
    White paper
    Institution:
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc.
    Tag(s):
    NEH White papers, Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections, NEH Preservation and Access, Museum studies, Historical preservation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6SD3J
    Abstract:
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc.( ESPHS) seeks a $40,000 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant to conduct a planning study to assess the potential of two historic structures for transformation into a facility for the “Abandoned Collection” of items left on the site during the penitentiary’s period of disuse from 1971-1994. ESPHS will also evaluate present storage of the donated "New Collection," housed in the staff offices. The organization will consider practical aspects such as visitor circulation, availability of electricity and mechanical systems, and overall environmental sustainability. During the grant period, the buildings will be evaluated, previous studies will be reviewed, nearly one year of environmental monitoring data will be analyzed, and staff, architects, and a conservator will consult to develop an Environmental Management Plan. The final plan will reflect cost-effective solutions for managing two collections on a large site with many needs.
    Notes:
    A planning project to determine storage solutions for 2,600 artifacts and 1,300 publications, archival records, photographs, and oral history recordings of prison life dating from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    5 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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